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10 Best ‘Lone Survivor’ Takedowns of Liberal Media
News Busters ^ | 1/14/14 | Matthew Philbin

Posted on 01/14/2014 2:07:03 PM PST by Lakeshark

CNN’s Jake Tapper would have done well to read “Lone Survivor,” rather than just seeing the new movie, before interviewing former Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell last week. If he had, Tapper might have been more careful than to describe the deaths of Luttrell’s SEAL comrades in Afghanistan as “senseless.” And he would have been wary of Luttrell’s contempt for the liberal media.

The film “Lone Survivor, which ” took in $38.5 million at the box office its opening weekend is based on a 2010 book by Luttrell that tells the tragic story of a 2005 operation in which the three other members of Luttrell’s SEAL team, along with 17 other special ops warriors, were killed. The story turned on the team’s agonized decision to turn lose some Afghan goat herders who had stumbled onto its concealed position. As the SEALs had feared, the freed civilians went straight to the Taliban, precipitating the battle.

While the movie recounts the fateful decision, it doesn’t explicitly tell the audience that a big part of deciding not to kill the goat herders was the certain knowledge that, “The media in the United States of America would crucify us,” in Luttrell’s words.

To kill or not kill the goat herders was a horrible choice to have to make – a moral, ethical and military dilemma that weighed the lives of the civilians against the lives of the team. Luttrell was rightly furious at having to to decide knowing that the SEALs would never get a fair shake from a hostile news media.

Throughout the book, Luttrell registered distrust of liberals in the media and in Washington – and did so with a very direct eloquence. Here are 10 of the best examples from the book.

Read more: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/matthew-philbin/2014/01/13/10-best-lone-survivor-takedowns-lib-media#ixzz2qPfOAyo3

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TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: liberalnonsense; lonesurvivor
This is a must read, a great take down of our media by the "Lone Survivor". The author's list is too good not to see. I'll post a few as the thread goes on. An example:

3. “That situation might look simple in Washington, where the human rights of terrorists are often given high priority. And I am certain liberal politicians would defend their position to the death. Because everyone knows liberals have never been wrong about anything. You can ask them. Anytime.” (p. 37)

1 posted on 01/14/2014 2:07:03 PM PST by Lakeshark
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1. “This entire business of modern war crimes, as identified by the liberal wings of politics and the media, began in Iraq and has been running downhill ever since. Everyone’s got to have his little hands in it, blathering on about the public’s right to know.” (p. 38)


2 posted on 01/14/2014 2:12:31 PM PST by Lakeshark (Mr Reid, tear down this law!)
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2. “It’s been an insidious progression, the criticisms of the U.S. Armed Forces from politicians and from the liberal media, which knows nothing of combat, nothing of our training, and nothing of the mortal dangers we face out there on the front line.”(p. 36)


3 posted on 01/14/2014 2:13:18 PM PST by Lakeshark (Mr Reid, tear down this law!)
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To: Lakeshark

I don’t think there should have ever been a question of whether or not to kill them. (How did sparing their lives work out?)


4 posted on 01/14/2014 2:16:57 PM PST by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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To: Lakeshark
"This entire business of modern war crimes, as identified by the liberal wings of politics and the media, began in Iraq and has been running downhill ever since..."

Ah... not exactly.

5 posted on 01/14/2014 2:19:11 PM PST by Interesting Times (WinterSoldier.com. SwiftVets.com. ToSetTheRecordStraight.com.)
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To: Lakeshark

when the dogs are off the chain, the last thing they should be thinking about is the rantings of some busy body house wife half way across the global

of course, the only reason they had to worry about it is because a non-dem was in the office.

now we have 0failure... more people have died in Afghanistan with him at the helm then GW... yet not one word in the press.

it’s no longer bias. it’s just blantant propaganda


6 posted on 01/14/2014 2:38:31 PM PST by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: Lakeshark
One member of his Seal Team was Danny Dietz of Littleton, Colorado. This is the statue the town erected to honor him:


7 posted on 01/14/2014 2:42:43 PM PST by colorado tanker
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To: Lakeshark

Just have one comment and input.....All Americans that love our country should go out and see this great movie, “Lone Survivor”. The Obamabot, liberal, Democrat low life and Obama media are are attacking this movie, making fun of these men who sacrificed their lives to protect their& our nation and people!!!

We need another “Chic-fil-a” & “Duck Dynasty” pushback moment from the overwhelming numbers of the American people (millions)!!! Folks....just do it!!! This film has had an amazing opening turnout this weekend, that now sits at $41,000,000 bucks. It is the highest January opening in many years. It’s the “sleeper’ that is awakening the sleeping American giant!!! It could hit the $100 million mark by the end of next weekend....if we all do our thing!!!

Contact: Limbaugh, Levin, Hannity, Greta, Meghan, O’Reilly, Tucker Carson, Fox & Friends, Lucianne, etc, etc. We can send a powerful message of support for our military folks and tell the dreg Obama, Democrats November, 2014 is coming quickly....and we are coming to throw them all out of office and take our country back!!! End of story!!!


8 posted on 01/14/2014 2:45:32 PM PST by JLAGRAYFOX ( My only objective is to defeat and destroy Obama & his Democrat Party, politically!!!.)
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To: Lakeshark

....the definition of “ipso facto” is “by the fact itself”....

So, ipso facto Marcus is exactly correct, their decision on a life or death, no quarter, battlefield to free the goat herders was a decision to committ suicide.

I hope the day returns when America rediscovers that “being nice” on one of the worlds battlefields means, more often than not, our boys die. Of course the Marxists in our whitehouse could care less. Santa Anna scoffed to his officers on the subject of getting too many of their soldiers killed. Laughing, he just said “their just so many chickens”.

I can literally see team Obama saying the same thing.


9 posted on 01/14/2014 2:46:43 PM PST by Cen-Tejas (it's the debt bomb stupid!)
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To: Lakeshark
One item on the top ten list is Abu Graib, which is a pet peeve of mine. People routinely refer to "the torture" at Abu Graib like everybody knows about that "fact" because the media have repeated that lie so many times. No torture is documented to have occured at Abu Graib.

What happened was a bunch of poorly led, out of control soldiers working the graveyard shift were taking prisoners out of their cells and placing them in humiliating poses, sometimes simulating torture. And the scumbags took pictures of it all.

The Army was already on this and near the end of its investigation when the news media got a leak and acted like they exposed it all, which was totally false.

The soldiers involved were not prosecuted for torturing prisoners because they didn't do that. They were prosecuted for harassing and humiliating prisoners, which is not torture, but is prohibited by Army regulations.

But don't bother the media with the facts.

10 posted on 01/14/2014 2:50:19 PM PST by colorado tanker
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To: Lakeshark

Are you suggesting that our forces in the field should kill civilians in order to preserve their own mission?


11 posted on 01/14/2014 2:57:00 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: JLAGRAYFOX

I’m considering going to see it again.


12 posted on 01/14/2014 3:12:58 PM PST by cld51860 (Oderint dum metuant)
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To: BenLurkin

Why not if needed? We certainly didn’t worry about civilian casualties when we fire bombed Dresden and Tokyo.
This obsessive worry about civilians just gets more of our people killed. My boy goes back this year. If it’s him or some civilian, the civilian comes in number two.


13 posted on 01/14/2014 3:24:07 PM PST by Himyar
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Are you suggesting that our forces in the field should kill civilians in order to preserve their own mission?

Are you kidding me? Did you miss WWII and the unrestricted bombing of cities across Europe. The block by block, street by street, building by building fighting through Europe's towns and villages. Tens of thousands of civilians died.

Its a bummer but that's war. The survival of one American troop is worth more to me than 100 or 1,000 Iraqi goat herders. Walking up on a Seal Team in combat should be just as unlucky as being on the receiving end of a 500 pound bomb dropped by a B-17.

14 posted on 01/14/2014 3:37:53 PM PST by usurper (Liberals GET OFF MY LAWN)
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To: usurper; Himyar

Here’s a question for you guys: what does the Geneva Convention say about killing civilians in the field?

Another question: What does the UCMJ say about that?

And another: Is the intentional aerial bombing of civilians a war crime today?


15 posted on 01/14/2014 3:50:17 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: BenLurkin

When fighting unconventional enemies that do not wear the uniform of a nation and use civilial populations to conceal movements. The Geneva Convention is null and void.


16 posted on 01/14/2014 3:56:40 PM PST by The Toll
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To: Lakeshark

Miller: Climb down off that cross of yours, close your eyes, think of England, and pull the trigger! -GUNS OF NAVARONE.

Then there was Sophia Loren shot with a silenced weapon in OPERATION CROSSBOW.

The NYT would foam at the mouth if those things really happened today.


17 posted on 01/14/2014 4:19:20 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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To: BenLurkin
Honestly, I don't care what the Geneva Convention or the UCMJ say. Our people are more important to me. The ROE’s lately are totally wrong. Getting our people killed for misplaced idealism is wrong. The world is a nasty, uncivilized place. The sooner we all realize that and act accordingly, the better off we'll be.
18 posted on 01/14/2014 4:23:39 PM PST by Himyar
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To: Lakeshark
To kill or not kill the goat herders was a horrible choice to have to make – a moral, ethical and military dilemma that weighed the lives of the civilians against the lives of the team.

Haul 'em out, call for exfil. The operation was blown no matter what, no sense in getting yourselves killed in the process. I'll never understand the decision they made (yes, I read the book).

19 posted on 01/14/2014 4:24:53 PM PST by Future Snake Eater (CrossFit.com)
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To: BenLurkin

“Are you suggesting that our forces in the field should kill civilians in order to preserve their own mission?”

Well, that’s a toughie. I’d suggest that America would have much been better served by killing them, and the entire village, with a 3am strike by a B-52 dropping 10 or 15 2000lb JDAMS.
Or better yet, a cell of 3 B-52s.

We send in small commando teams because we lack the will to obliterate the enemy. This war has been characterized by the use of SOF units due to our paralyzing fear of using the full crushing force we could use. Supporting arms are woefully under used today, because we think we can win the hearts of the savages.


20 posted on 01/14/2014 5:30:13 PM PST by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: BenLurkin

Are you suggesting that our forces in the field should kill civilians in order to preserve their own mission?

I would have if it was between my brothers dying or them. It would bother me but I am certain I’d have killed them and moved on. A kid can kill you just as easy as a man can in war.

We killed tens of thousands of civilians in the second world war by burning them to death and MILLIONS of civilians have died in war. That’s why it’s called war and not a duel.


21 posted on 01/14/2014 7:37:26 PM PST by Dick Vomer (democrats are like flies, whatever they don't eat they sh#t on.)
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To: colorado tanker

Awesome pic, thank you.


22 posted on 01/14/2014 8:37:33 PM PST by Lakeshark (Mr Reid, tear down this law!)
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To: BenLurkin; All
Are you suggesting that our forces in the field should kill civilians in order to preserve their own mission?

You have been chastised rightly already by others, but I'll answer: When it's a matter of the civilians or you, as this was, of course. They should have taken that out, the last man standing admits it, and he's right. Those civilians killed the three Seals who died and the scores of Taliban the Seals had to kill in order to try to get away.

Your question is the wrong one, and you should be really rethink what you asked.

23 posted on 01/14/2014 8:46:17 PM PST by Lakeshark (Mr Reid, tear down this law!)
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