That sucks because there was SEAD aircraft in the area that day. The Wild Weasel F-4s did their jobs and suppressed the enemy air defenses. The problem was, the ran out of gas and had to go home. Once the Iraqis knew the F-4s were gone, their air defenses went active again. These guys are at Angles 27 above Baghdad when every radar in the city goes active and paints them. There's no where you can go. You dive and you're in AAA range. You can't climb away from the threat, and you're smack in the middle of Enemy air defense. Realistically, losing only two F-16s is remarkable.
The F-16 drivers had balls of steel that day. The massive fucking weight between their legs didn't help their fuel situation. They were chased out of Iraqi airspace by Mig-29s after the F-15s who where tasked with CAP fucked off. One Viper refueled from a ANG KC-135 with a total of 800 pounds of fuel aboard. The KC-135 actually crossed into Iraq to make sure the Vipers got their fuel to make it back home.