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´They Died for Nothing?´ ´Lone Survivor´
Marcus Luttrell Takes on CNN´s
Jake Tapper in Tense Interview

Townhall, by Leah Barkoukis

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Posted By:happywarrior, 1/12/2014 6:56:16 PM

Former Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell has been making the rounds promoting the movie “Lone Survivor,” a personal account of the failed SEAL Team 10 mission to capture or kill a notorious Taliban leader in Afghanistan. During an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, however, things got pretty tense. Check out the clip below and see if you think Tapper was out of line or if the exchange simply reflects the difference between how a civilian feels when watching the film versus how a soldier feels, as Tapper suggests. “One of the emotions I felt while watching was, first of all, the hopelessness of the situation, how horrific it was,” Tapper

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Reply 1 - Posted by: smcchk, 1/12/2014 7:21:56 PM     (No. 9689617)

Jake was out of line. Hopefully, he is smart enough to learn something from this encounter and understand what our military is asked to do, as their job.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: dallasdude, 1/12/2014 7:25:12 PM     (No. 9689618)

Jake did not learn anything but we learned a lot about Jake. He has a man´s name but he is a girlie boy.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: treyb, 1/12/2014 7:35:35 PM     (No. 9689626)

Please, Jake was not out of line. He is like most of us who never had to go to war- we can´t understand the motivations and experiences of a man like Luttrell.



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Reply 4 - Posted by: Not your typical New Yorker, 1/12/2014 7:35:54 PM     (No. 9689627)

Anyone who can see knows what Tapper has always been....next!

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Reply 5 - Posted by: The Advocate, 1/12/2014 7:36:36 PM     (No. 9689628)

Saw whole clip.
Think Tapper did not express himself well.
His principal criticism seems to be that whoever planned the operation was not held to account for arguably sending them into harms way without sufficient equipment, back up etc.
19 lives were lost and like everything else with Obama Cabal - no one was held to account.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Periwinkel, 1/12/2014 7:39:27 PM     (No. 9689631)

I like Jake Tapper, but like most of the denizens of DC, he has no idea what military service is about. He was just way out of his depth...now he knows.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: excalgalcg, 1/12/2014 7:58:43 PM     (No. 9689651)

It´s all about Jake! Egocentric media know-it-all. Just like all of them. I read the book, too, and it´s a heartbreaker. Marcus Luttrell has to live with what happened the rest of his life and Jake Tapper has no clue.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Bohallx, 1/12/2014 8:30:08 PM     (No. 9689669)

Some of it is not training nor does it have a lot to do with being in combat or not.

That´s why everybody doesn´t end up in the Infantry or the Marines or flying a fighter jet

BTW, even the guys who do that don´t all feel it all the time but it´s like this ~ I felt it a few times.

Once was on 9/11. Friend of mine came by my desk and said, you need to go look at what happened at the Pentagon, and we went out on the walkway from our building to the strucures over Rosslyn station, where you could see the Pentagon and the smoke was rising high into the sky ~

No one knew much at that moment, but they started playing a repeat of the plane flying into the TWIN TOWERS and then it hit me ~ we had a different set of buildings next door to us also known as the TWIN TOWERS.

I made my battle plan as the order went out to shut down the office ~ first, all the files ~ onto high density CDs ~ got 10 years worth on there in about half an hour. Then, pull the personnel lists from the office files so we had everybody´s phone numbers and contacts in case of emergency. Then got several others and we got a car and headed out in the stream of refugees from the urban core of DC ~ and there was the sound of a jet fighter above us checking things out, and later we found it was a young woman with no ammo but her plane which she´d had to ram something to use as a weapon.

She felt it. And that´s all it takes.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: curious1, 1/12/2014 9:11:20 PM     (No. 9689701)

Maybe it´s just me. Many decades ago, if you were going to do recon you had to be prepared to kill the enemies kids/men/women/whatever if they stumbled across you. If you couldn´t do that, you had no business in the field doing those types of operations. These guys let the herders go. If the herders had just disappeared, they could most likely have ghosted on out of there. Was this the result of ROE that would see them brought up on charges if they reported it?

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Reply 10 - Posted by: miceal, 1/12/2014 9:22:52 PM     (No. 9689714)

They let the goat herders go and paid the ultimate price for their compassion.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: god of irony, 1/12/2014 10:20:50 PM     (No. 9689759)

Ironic that Tapper makes a living only because people like Luttrell are willing to fight for Tapper´s freedom.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: bona fides, 1/12/2014 11:01:53 PM     (No. 9689788)

Jake Tapper is a wimp jerk.

For us wounded in combat, we´re brothers and you will feel that in the film. Bring your family.

Combat soldiers don´t do this on our own; elected officials we vote in and taxpayers who fund us, we´re all in this together. We will seek out the enemy because we love our brothers, our family and our country. The Jake Tappers of the world can sip their lattes and go... use your imagination. We stand between your La-z-Boy and the barbarians. Let the Jake Tappers sit in their Morris chair and pontificate, they are drops on the toilet floor compared to Marcus Luttrell and his compatriots.

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