What would you have done to "win".
See I'm African.
I understand the realities, and you're quite right the political situation was hopeless. You can't win politically in a country like that. It needs to sort itself out eventually.
Clinton had a good crack at it, and sent the best soldiers the American military had to offer, as we all know the events of Black Hawk Down tell us why Clinton left Somalia.
But also, the more you try and stop the killing in a country like Somalia. The more harm you end up doing. Do you think if they had captured or killed Aidid, everyone would have just put down there weapons... adopted American democracy and opened a McDonalds? The ****ing ignorance to think that it's your place to do these things is astounding.
And another thing.
If I could go 10 years into the past, back to 9/11, you know what I'd tell you to do?
Honestly, take it. Because in 10 years you will have 100's of thousands of soldiers fighting wars that you can't afford, you will lose more soldiers in Iraq ALONE then died on 9/11, the world will definitely not like you as much and you'd be essentially ****ed.