204. 4/15/1986

On April 15, 1986, “President [Ronald] Reagan ordered a series of air strikes on Libya. U.S. intelligence indicated that strongman Moammar Kadafi had sponsored a terrorist attack on a German nightclub popular with off-duty American servicemen, in which one soldier had been killed and more than sixty wounded. The United States responded with 200 aircraft dropping approximately sixty tons of bombs. The President’s message to terrorists around the world couldn’t have been clearer. Such attacks on American citizens were going to be met with harsh retaliation.”

 – Ricardo S. Sanchez with Donald T. Phillips, Wiser in Battle, Page 53

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