Lone Survivor

If you read the book “Lone Survivor” by Marcus Luttrell, you probably couldn’t wait to see the movie version. It took a long time to get someone in Hollywood to do it and to do it justice.

Happily, it was worth the wait and the film version was very close to the hold your breath suspense and drama of the book.

I’m glad it won the box office for the weekend. Stories about American heroes and soldiers need to be supported. I wonder, though, if most people felt the same way I did upon leaving the theater.

First, there is admiration for the courage and guts of Luttrell and all the Navy SEALS. What they go through to become a SEAL and what they go through in war are something most Americans tucked in their warm houses watching football and eating chips can’t even begin to appreciate. We owe them big time.

Sadness, too, of course, for the lives lost in that operation. It shouldn’t have happened like that. The SEALS were tasked with taking out a Taliban leader but were interrupted by some goat herds who saw them. Rather than kill them on the spot and later face a hostile media for killing unarmed youths, the guys let them go. The goat herds made a bee line to the village, told the Taliban and soon the SEALS were ambushed and outnumbered. Chalk one up for political correctness.

That alone made me angry. So does the foreign policy of abandonment that the Obama administration has followed since Bush left office. Obama doesn’t have a heart for the fight. He doesn’t care about the men he has deployed there nor about the Afghan government we need to cooperate with us. He doesn’t really believe that al Qaeda is a threat to us and so he doesn’t want to bother with the fight.

Obama just wants to get out of there and out of Iraq. The blood and treasure lost in both countries means nothing to him. He’d prefer the U.S. be a third rate country without its superpower standing in my opinion. His diffidence is paving the way for an even more terrible attack on us than 9/11. But by then, he’ll probably be out of office and secure in his own world so why bother now?

In the movie, the heroic Mike Murphy tells Marcus Luttrell not to ever stop the fight. He understands the importance of it and of his country.

I left the movie feeling sad and angry that our commander in chief doesn’t share that belief nor is he even an eighth of the man these men were.

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