The “lone survivor” was author Marcus Luttrell ; those who didn’t survive were his family. They were not born of the same blood, but became family through training and the tough job they volunteered for to protect our freedom. Lone Survivor was subtitled “The eyewitness account of Operation Redwing and the lost heroes of SEAL Team 10” thought the book was so much more.
Marcus Luttrell shares his experiences that lead him to become a Navy SEAL and provided a painful glimpse into what warriors go through to survive that training. I found it very interesting the respect that they afford to the high percentage of soldiers who cannot complete the brutal training regimen. As Mr. Luttrell takes you through the events of Operation Redwing you understand the need for such extreme conditioning and training. The fact that Luttrell survived was testament to the valor of his team, his training, and his heart.
Love survivor gives a peek at how at least some of our fighting men and women percieve the political side and political correctness issues that have taken hold in the United States and forced absurd rules of engagement and created a state of fear of prosecution as we ask them to fight a war against a people seething with hate;
“But we never, never, turn around, even for a split second. We never give these guys one inch of latitude. Because he’ll pick that rifle up and shoot you at point-blank range, straight in the back. He might even cut your throat if he had a chance. No one can hate quite like a terrorist. Until you’ve encountered one of these guys, you don’t understand the meaning of the word hate.
“I can say from firsthand experience that those rules of engagement cost the lives of three of the finest U.S. Navy SEALs who have ever served. I’m not saying that, given the serious situation, those elite American warriors might not have died a little later, but they would not have died right then, and in my view would almost certainly have been alive today. I hope that one day soon the U.S. government will learn that we can be trusted. We know about bad guys, what they do, and, often who they are”
“We all detest them, partly for their lack of judgement, mostly because of their ignorance and toe-curling opportunism. The first minute an armed conflict turns into a media war, the news becomes someones opinion, not hard truths. When the media gets involved, in the United States, that’s a war you’ve got a damned good chance of losing, because the restrictions on us are immediately amplified, and that’s sensationally good news for our enemy.”
Marcus Luttrell has a sad, but necessary story to tell. I hope that telling his story gives him some peace and that when you read it you’ll have a better appreciation for what our fighting men and women do for us. I thought I did before, but even more so now. Thanks to Mr. Luttrell for his service. Thanks to him for sharing his story. Thanks to all who served and/or who still serve.