"You Delta boys are a bunch on undisciplined cowboys. You're gonna need my Rangers when we're on the line" Was he jealous of Delta?
Of course he was.
When you're a straight-laced officer in the Rangers and you see a bunch of enlisted guys in Delta walking around unshaven and with their hands in their pockets, jealousy is within the realm of possibility.
Or it fed his ego trying to tell Delta what to do, because he was a massively incompetent asshole who took out his idiocy on others who knew what the fuck they were doing - even if they are out of his jurisdiction. A good officer example is Lt. Col. McKnight
I think what made the situation so bad in Somalia was incompetence in general. For example, they wanted to bring AC-130s in for air support, but they wouldn't let them because they were afraid of civilian casualties... even though the whole city was made up of 99% enemy combatants.
That's what usually makes American operations fuck up. Not just incompetence, but a fucking chip on stupid officer's shoulders.
If not for the AC-130 it would've been something else. Like a subordinate suggesting the idea of bringing [insert game changer here and all around good idea] but since the CO who makes the final decision didn't think of it - denied.
Lives lost due to ego.
No, he was just responsible for a bunch of guys who look up to Delta and imitate everything they do, violating rules and procedures along the way. Its pretty hard maintaining unit discipline as it is. Delta being Delta did not really help.