Painfully uncomfortable interview with Jake Tapper of CNN and former Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell
By End the Lie
In a painfully uncomfortable interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper and former Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, the man whose story is portrayed in the film “Lone Survivor,” Tapper is repeatedly confronted by Luttrell.
With almost every comment Tapper made, Luttrell directly confronted and took issue with Tapper. The interview shows just how out of touch Tapper really is with what veterans like Luttrell think about their experiences.
“One of the emotions I felt while watching the film is first of all just the hopelessness of the situation, how horrific it was and also just all that loss of life of these brave American men,” Tapper said. “And I was torn about the message of the film, in the same way that I am about the war in Afghanistan itself.”
“I don’t want anymore senseless American death and at the same time I know that there are bad people there and good people that need help,” Tapper said. “Was that intentional?”
“I don’t know what part of the film you were watching,” Luttrell said. “Hopelessness never really came into it. Where did you see that? There was never a point where we 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.”
“Just the sense of all these wonderful people who died, it seemed senseless,” Tapper said. “I don’t mean to disrespect in any way but it seemed senseless, all these wonderful people who were killed for an op that went wrong.”
“So you’re telling me that because we were over there doing what we were told by our country that it was senseless and what they died for nothing?” Luttrell responded.
“No,” Tapper said. “I’m not saying that at all.”
“That’s what you said,” Luttrell said. “Let me just say that, yeah it went bad for us over there but that was our job, that was what we did. We didn’t complain about it. We went out there and did what we did best.”
“At the end of it, we weren’t standing, they were,” Luttrell said. “We were lucky — no, excuse me — I was lucky and the rest of the guys, we fought as hard as we possibly could.”
“We never felt sorry for ourselves while we were out there,” Luttrell continued. “This was the job we were going out there after a high value target and it just got switched on us.”
“Lone Survivor” chronicles the story of “Operation Red Wings,” which took place in Afghanistan in Afghanistan in 2005. It resulted in the deaths of 19 Americans and an estimated 35 Afghan insurgents.