The answer goes way back to 1993 and the battle of Mogadishu. America lost 18 soldiers in an urban fight. We left that mess behind, and it changed our foreign policy. In a revisit, take a look at this excerpt from a Foreign Policy Journal article from 2005.
“America is now threatened less by conquering states than we are by failing ones.” That was the conclusion of the 2002 U.S. National Security Strategy. For a country whose foreign policy in the 20th century was dominated by the struggles against powerful states such as Germany, Japan, and the Soviet Union, the U.S. assessment is striking. Nor is the United States alone in diagnosing the problem. U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan has warned that “ignoring failed states creates problems that sometimes come back to bite us.” French President Jacques Chirac has spoken of “the threat that failed states carry for the world’s equilibrium.”
World leaders once worried about who was amassing power; now they worry about the absence of it.”
Terrorists in Somalia threaten American allies and our interests, and that is why we now have boots on the ground as advisors in Somalia. We are providing high tech military support to African military who are in a quest to eliminate the terrorists in Somalia.
We are there and thanks to Edward Snowden, the operation will be more difficult because our proven methods must change as they have been compromised by his leaks.
“US military advisers deployed to Somalia
By Jeremy Herb
The U.S. military secretly deployed trainers and advisers to Somalia in October, the first time regular U.S. troops have been on the ground there since 1993.
The Washington Post reports that the small cell of fewer than two dozen U.S. troops are stationed in the capital of Mogadishu to help coordinate and advise African troops fighting against al-Shabaab, the al Qaeda affiliate battling for control of Somalia.
The deployment of U.S. troops on the ground in Somalia comes two decades after U.S. troops left following the “Black Hawk Down” incident where two helicopters were shot down and 18 Americans were killed.
The U.S. has in recent years stepped up its military presence in Somalia, launching drone strikes to target al-Shabaab militants and conducting counterterrorism raids.
Gen. David Rodriguez, the commander of U.S. forces in Africa, visited Mogadishu last summer, according to the Post.
Al-Shabaab, the Islamic militant group that operates in Somalia, was responsible for last year’s four-day attack at a shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya.”