I have detected a recent trend among American political commentators to describe President Ronald Reagan’s bombing raid on Tripoli and Benghazi as retaliation for the attack on Pan Am 103 over Lockerbie. The most recent example is this sentence from an article headlined Is President Trump’s strike on Syria constitutional? by Amber Phillips yesterday in The Bulletin:
“President Ronald Reagan didn’t seek congressional approval when he bombed Libya in retaliation for a bombing of a Pan Am flight over Lockerbie, Scotland.”
The bombing of Tripoli and Benghazi took place on 15 April 1986. Pan Am 103 was destroyed over Lockerbie on 21 December 1988.
The same article by Amber Phillips appears on the website of The Washington Post. But there the article has now been updated to correct the faux pas.