A Nurse with a Gun

Monday, July 02, 2007

Marcus Luttrell: Lone Survivor

"It was the stupidest, most Southern-fried, lame-brained decision I ever made in my life to vote to let them go ... I actually cast a vote that I knew would sign our death warrant."
-- Marcus Luttrell, from "Lone Survivor"



Marcus Luttrell and his three buddies had to make an impossible decision. Afghani goat herders disrupted their secret mission to track a Taliban leader. Killing the goat herders would be a violation of the Rules of Engagement. Holding them would reveal their position. Letting them go would likely bring the Taliban upon them. Luttrell, who’s riveting new book ‘Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10’ is fast top seller, talks to Breitbart.tv in front of the U.S. Capitol about courage, the consequence of decisions, and the meaning of his Navy Cross.

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13 Comments:

Anonymous Micheal said...

Thank you for posting this. I don't think I will see it on CNN. No sense having the truth leave a mark where it will be seen.
I also found my next book purchase.
"We knew what we were getting into" Quote of the day.

5:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is why I think it is a shame that we worry so much about what our troops are doing. Each firefight is investigated like a police shooting- Americans have some how come to think that our soldiers are cops.

They are not.

8:07 PM  
Anonymous Sans Authoritas said...

Our troops are only "our troops" insofar as they are conducting themselves according to "our standards." Americans should not do evil that good may come of it.

Amazing, how terrorism is defined as an attack on a civilian populace with an end of changing the government policies.

The U.S. government's deliberate attacks on civilians at Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and the deliberate firebombings of civilian populations at Dresden and Tokyo can be considered nothing but pure terrorism.

Feel free to tell me, "The end justifies the means." Or "Lives were saved." Neither Japan nor Germany ever posed a threat of invasion and sustained occupation of U.S. mainland soil. By the time of Hiroshima and Nagasaki,we had reduced their military capacity to about nil. Is that not the purpose of both war and self-defense? To neutralize an active threat? We had done that before we nuked them. We had them surrounded, and could've bombed every military target, every troop movement, and every troop transport whenever it showed up. They eventually would've capitulated without the deliberate mass murder of over 200,000 civilians in the nuclear blasts and firebombings combined.

4:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why is the civilian, working in the factory that makes tanks and artillery shells, along with other vital materiel, any less of a target than the soldier using it?

After all, it easier to destroy a tank factory than it is to destroy the armored division it has built.

Innumerable civilizations who deem themselves "too civilized" to participate in unrestricted warfare have been defeated by those more willing to commit violence.

Go to war with utmost reluctance, but once the decision is made, give no quarter, show no mercy. Fight to win.

Divemedic

7:37 PM  
Anonymous Sans Authoritas said...

Anonymous/DiveMedic: "Why is the civilian, working in the factory that makes tanks and artillery shells, along with other vital materiel, any less of a target than the soldier using it?"

He's not less of a target. Hit the factory during the daytime. One may not morally level dozens of square miles of civilian housing.

"Innumerable civilizations who deem themselves "too civilized" to participate in unrestricted warfare have been defeated by those more willing to commit violence."

If you have to become uncivilized to win a war...are you really fighting to keep civilization? Similarly, if you sacrfice other people's freedoms to fight a campaign that is ostensibly to protect freedom...what exactly are you fighting for? If you feel you have to stoop to the animal level of the enemy and torture them...are we still fighting to prove that our culture is worthy of preservation?

Anonymous/Divemedic: "Go to war with utmost reluctance, but once the decision is made, give no quarter, show no mercy. Fight to win."

That sounds like an eloquent way to say, "They started it! Morality is temporarily suspended!"

-Geoff

9:38 AM  
Blogger Andre said...

So this guy regrets not shooting a 14-year-old to death...and he's one of our heros?

Someone explain that one to me.

Maybe Luttrell should place the blame where it belongs: If these super-stealthy SEALS hadn't screwed up and gotten found by a trio of goatherds, his team members wouldn't be dead.

If the mission was compromised, they should have aborted and detained the Afghans until they were extracted.

To hear an American serviceman apologize for not executing three unarmed people makes me physically ill. He deserves an Iron Cross, not a Navy Cross.

12:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Andre,

perhaps you should read the book, it only took me 8 hours. you will learn that they didn't screw up, read the facts before you open your mouth and insert your foot, your right to say such things has been bought and paid for by the blood of better men... men like marcus luttrell... i hope you aren' a servicemember, because your comments are indeed disgraceful

8:21 AM  
Anonymous Susan said...

Andre,
You are wrong. The pity is you have no idea how wrong, so you will probably never understand.
Susan

5:12 AM  
Anonymous thebronze said...

Andre,

You're a buffoon.

4:45 PM  
Anonymous thebronze said...

P.S. I'm sure you "support the troops" though...

4:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

before anyone starts puking up facts about this or that,they should have their history and definitions correct.maybe being put in the situation they are bitchin about would shut them up.
think about it,what would you do?
oh yea,and since when should a country only worry about its mainland defence?should we just give alaska away to canada?the japs bombed pearl harbor,unprovoked by the us,and plans were found for the attack and occupation of the entire west coast by 1943.the japs were not surrounded,they would also have never surrendered,they took an oath to fight or die.hitler had plans for total world domination.crack open a history book there boot.folks are fighting and getting killed,and have fought,for us to set on our ass and whine on the internet about whatever we want.try that in iraq 5 years ago.

3:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lutrell and his team DID blow it. They had several more options than the one they chose, all of which would have probably spared every life lost in regards to this mission. For him to blame the "liberals" is a total f'n joke, as if conservatives have nothing to do with any of it. And his hero, gw, who conveniently skipped out of serving his country in Vietnam, I would have been embarrassed to have that peon pin any medal on me. One last thing, why does Lutrell think god is on his side? Just the thought of a loving god making sure his weapon landed next to him after each fall so that he could pick it up and kill more humans is as arrogant and anti god as it gets. One day, when Lutrell grows up, he should be embarrassed by the propoganda he spewed out in this book. Sounds like the mission went bad, bad decisions were made and a lot of people paid the ultimate price.

3:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow what an idiot! Thank God that heros like Marcus fight for your freedom and allow you to voice your opinon. Maybe you should have the courage to come out and fight for your freedom, better yet stay hidden behind your computer just keep you mouth shut! A jack ass like your self would only slow us down!

9:45 PM  

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