Skip to comments.Navy SEAL from "Lone Survivor" Sets This Journalist Straight on What It Means to Protect America
Posted on 01/18/2014 2:52:52 PM PST by upchuck
Movie critics have called “Lone Survivor” the best war-time movie since “Saving Private Ryan.”
The film — based on the true story of Navy SEALs on a mission in Afghanistan — caused CNN’s Jake Tapper to question the operation that took the lives of 19 men. The Navy SEALs were tasked to capture or kill Taliban leader Ahmad Shah when an unexpected event forced them into a deadly situation.
During a tense interview with former Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell and Mark Wahlberg, who plays Luttrell in the movie, Tapper questioned if the lives of the 19 men were lost “senselessly.” Luttrell responded with an answer you’ll want to watch beginning at 1:15 in the clip.
Read the transcript below:
Jake Tapper: One of the emotions I felt while watching was, first of all, the hopelessness of the situation, how horrific it was. And I was torn about the message of the film in the same way that I think I am about the war in Afghanistan itself. I dont want any more senseless American death.
Marcus Luttrell: I dont know what part of the film you were watching, but hopelessness never really came into it. Where did you see that? We never felt like we were hopelessly lost or anything like that. We never gave up. We never felt like we were losing until we were actually dead.
Tapper: It seemed senseless. I dont mean to disrespect in any way, but it seemed senseless all of these wonderful people who were killed for an op that went wrong.
Luttrell: We spend our whole lives training to defending this country, and then we were sent over there by this country. So youre telling me because we were over there doing what we were told by our country, that it was senseless? And my guys, what? They died for nothing?
Luttrell: Thats what you said. So, let me just say, it went bad for us over there, but that was our job. Thats what we did. We didnt complain about it.
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No Tapper still believes that Afghanistan is/was a mistake and I am sure that he believes that the Seals are mind numbed robots and baby killers.
Tapper is a hopeless America hating Progressive Marxist. His mind is as unchangeable as the tides.
That and he is obviously a pussy.
The Video link no longer works, removed from YouTube.
About what I expected from FP, it’s our fault.
He does have a point about us not holding our
leadership accountable though.
Why democrats seem to want to lose wars is beyond
In these interminable conflicts driven by incoherent (at best) strategy men such as these can only derive what comfort there is in what Lee at Appomattox stated to his army;
“You will take with you the satisfaction that proceeds from the consciousness of duty faithfully performed, and I earnestly pray that a merciful God will extend to you his blessing and protection.”
Just got back from seeing the movie - I felt pissed that we have a president that is pissing so much of that away - much more so than watching Black Hawk Down and loathing Klinton.
That’s a great quote. Who’s it from?
Just saw the movie and thought.... yeah, a woman on the team would have made a difference. That is if she can fit it in to her busy schedule after her year sabbatical.
I really dislike the author’s thesis, but I’m having a hard time arguing against it. I had friends die in Iraq. I myself was nearly killed a couple of times. What did they die for, exactly? We killed a bunch of them over there instead of having to do it here, I guess, but there’s plenty more where that came from and the nation we were supposed to be helping is steadily descending into chaos. Afghanistan is easily as bad. What was the point?
We did our job as best we could, but, in the end, is that enough?
whatever this clip says about their having died in vain, people need to shut up or take it up with congress, who makes these decisions, and thank the military who follow the orders of the American people via congress.
RATS want to lose the wars because that way it appears that they did something, but didn't hurt the enemy.
It also goes without saying that they are against war - because it is bad and kills people, but they are just fine with abortion as a birth control method.
John Stuart Mill
I just saw that, too! WTF? Some wacko leftist commie complained and had it removed?
“This video has been removed as a violation of YouTube’s policy agains spam, scams, and commercially deceptive content.”
That is OUTRAGEOUS.
My son and I went and saw it this afternoon. I came away SO pissed about the God damn ROE that our troops have to operate under over there.
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