During that time, Hussein's father, Mohamed Farrah Aidid, stayed in Somalia, became a general, went totally nuts, and took over a whole chunk of the country. Hussein originally served as a liaison between the U.S. military and his dad, but when the senior Aidid started ambushing UN Peacekeepers and became an official enemy of the United States, his son was sent back home to California, where he took up a job as a clerk in the West Covina Planning Department.
A few months later, U.S. Army Rangers swooped into Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, to capture General Aidid's top lieutenants during an asshole convention at the Olympic Hotel. You know how well that turned out if you've seen the movie Black Hawk Down.
It was like Zack Snyder and Michael Bay had a baby is what we're saying.
When the battle was over, with catastrophic losses to the American side and one downed pilot captured, General Aidid promptly declared himself the President of Somalia. The next day, Hussein got one hell of an excuse to leave work early. Soldiers came to the West Covina planning department while Hussein was mapping bike paths and carted him off to a military base. A Marine commander then asked Hussein to write a letter asking his dad to, pretty please, release the captive pilot.