Three lessons from Lone Survivor

In late 2005 I was in Afghanistan as a civilian-military advisor to the Afghan Army. It was a critical time and Operation Enduring Freedom was predominantly an American mission, before the 2006 NATO full engagement and creation of the ISAF (International Security Assistance Force).

We learned about the immediate aftermath of Operation Redwing, the Taliban RPG shootdown of the Special Operations rescue column in our daily intel update. It was a tragic event. Over time in theater, we came to learn more about the entire mission and the one US Navy SEAL who survived the ordeal, Marcus Luttrell.

I had the distinct honor of meeting Marcus and shaking his hand. If you ever wondered what an ancient Spartan warrior looked like, Marcus would be the model. As we spoke, I could still see the fire in his eyes, the conviction to ensure that they story of what happened that fateful day would not be lost. You can see it here in this CNN interview, and it is awesome to behold.

It is a tribute to his “shipmates” — his brothers and their legacy of honor, vigilance, and sacrifice. It’s what a soldier does.

And that is why the current liberal response to this impeccable film on modern warfare is disgusting and despicable. To have liberal blogs and media outlets refer to this true account as “propaganda” should disturb us all. But then again considering the statements from former Defense Secretary Robert Gates regarding President Obama’s lack of passion for our men and women in uniform is reflective of today’s progressive socialists and their view of courage under fire.

As a matter of fact, I’d be very surprised if President Obama has even seen the movie or read the book? After all, he does have his own personal movie theater in our White House. Heck, has he ever made reference to this film depicting exceptional American heroism?

So what are the real lessons from Lone Survivor?

1. Liberal progressives would rather heap praise upon a disgusting film like Wolf of Wall Street than honor one that shows us what true character is. Movies such as Black Hawk Down, Zero Dark Thirty, and Lone Survivor should be hailed and honored with awards and recognition.

2. Our rules of engagement must be adaptable to this modern battlefield promulgated by non-state, non-uniformed belligerents. When our men and women in combat fear lawyers and their own propagandized media more than they do the enemy we are in a very bad situation. Army Lieutenants Behenna and Lorance are examples as they sit in military prison right alongside Nidal Hasan — what message does that send to frontline warriors?

3. When I read that certain liberal outlets sought a more “fair introduction” of the Taliban because they did not like Lone Survivor showing who this enemy really is, with the depiction of a beheading, it shows liberal progressives want social egalitarianism even on the battlefield. The concept of moral and cultural relevance is threatening to our liberties and freedoms. The Taliban are bad people. If you want to discuss a war on women, these guys wrote the book. Just ask Malala Yousafzai. America will not be able to defeat Islamic totalitarianism with a progressive socialist as Commander-in-Chief.

As for me? I was there in Afghanistan for two and a half years. I will go see Lone Survivor this weekend after the crowds have died down a bit. I know it will be an emotional film to watch but I must pay my honor and tribute to my fallen brothers in arms.

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hangman57
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What is senseless is stupid Liberals putting brave men down ,who gave their lives for our protection back home . I am sick of Liberals news and Liberals who interview ,and push a Liberal agenda .

Angelina Sclone
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A Liberal War run by Liberal’s,TRUTH! HANDS TIED BEHIND THEIR BACK. only A MUSLIM CAN INFILTRATE AND MURDER MANY OF OUR OWN.&CALLED “WORKPLACE VIOLENCE!” Obama & Holder plus the entire administration. UNITED STATES OF ISLAM.. COMING TO AMERICA!

KellyKAFIR
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Not in my state! Join ACT for America to keep this crap from coming to your state and our country! actforamerica.org

Bert
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You are a racist and a hater…

Angelina Sclone
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And you are?

Sculptorofbabies
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Amen……Hangman 57

revkelly
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Saw it last night…was speechless…absolutely awesome. I’ve always said if for whatever reason I could not have become a Marine, I would have settled for being a Seal…

KellyKAFIR
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LOL… settled??? You don’t “settle” being a SEAL.

john griffith
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semper fi

Melinda
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As a mother and grandmother the primary feeling I had after watching the film was a hope that no child ANYWHERE would have to endure the horrors of war. But I am a realist. As long as there are humans, there will be conflict and there will be war. I thank God that there are men such as those in this story to defend us at all cost.

Nate Seif
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I saw the movie yesterday. It was powerful. Marcus is a hero.

KellyKAFIR
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I think Lt Murphy deserves a lot of credit too.

D.
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Another wuss reporter.

Tread7
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That is why why I don’t watch CNNLSD Leftist Commies!

Rebecca Ash
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Liberals…idiots all!

ArchAn6el89
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Mr. West. I have never served in the military. Regrettably. But I do NOT believe that service in a combat unit is required to clearly see the problem that the interviewer has. Its pitifully obvious that he has never once in his poor wretched life believed or longed for something greater than himself. He doesn’t understand “Lone Survivor” because he doesn’t have the capacity to. He, and others like him, scurry about their pathetic lives; narcissistic, banal and hopelessly secular. All he has is the next restaurant, the new production, a glass of wine. Unfortunately, they are in leadership positions… Read more »
Penny Streeter Baker
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Well said, Amen!!

injustice_avenger
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@BranMakMorn61:disqus ….. do I have your permission to re-print this ?

ArchAn6el89
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Yes.

Sylvia Weddle Mills
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Thank you. You ‘get’ it.

Keli Grantham Steadham
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Keli Grantham Steadham

Our soldiers are dying because they can’t engage the enemy when they need to. It’s disgusting.
Thank you for the article. I enjoyed reading it. Now, to watch the video. I’ve been going to watch one about the CNN thing for a day or so, but haven’t had the chance.

J Brock
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CNN interviewer is a POS….I read the book, and honor the service that Seal Team 10 has contributed to our country, and the families of those that were killed (all that have been lost since 9-11)

Col West, I had the honor of shaking your hand, and saying hello to you, in an airport last year, and consider you of the same integrity and commitment that is represented by Marcus Luttrell.

Thank you all for your service (from a former Marine)

J Brock
(friends with Styles in Delray….)

dave pitts
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So proud of men like Navy Seals. I have met quite a few from my days in AFSOC and they are very competitive to say the least. I will never play rugby with them again, but they a true American patriots. Yes soldiers and sailors die in war, but they do not measure their commitment to our nation by the number of deaths, they measure it in courage. Not many Americans, not even me, can understand what kind of courage it takes to fast rope into an area with 200+ bad guys who want to kill you. These guys courageously… Read more »
KellyKAFIR
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BAHAHAHAHA Rugby…. you must have a death wish!

Angelina Sclone
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A Col., different time, different war’s,different Comander in chief!

Clanton D Beeth
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It was Operation RedwingS, not Redwing. I like Col West a lot, but he needs an editor. Black Hawk Down was a pitiful movie and a fantastic book. Zero Dark Thirty was good but it was a intel/spy flick. He coulda thrown Act of Valor in there. Don’t use the word ‘soldiers’ generically. They are sailors. Warriors would be an appropriate term. The imprisoned officers he refers to were convicted. By a court of peers. It’s quite possible they messed up bad. And they are not along side Nisan. Col West, if you want credibility among those who also served… Read more »
annieoakley
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How do you know they were convicted ‘by a court
of peers?What is a court of peers?

Mike Beggs
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It’s LTC West, not Colonel West. Don’t get hung up on semantics and butt hurt over the word soldiers vs. sailors, warriors, etc. I think LTC West earned all the credibility he needs on the battlefield. See definitions #3, &4 as well as the verb phrase below. sol·dier [sohl-jer] noun 1. a person who serves in an army; a person engaged in military service. 2. an enlisted man or woman, as distinguished from a commissioned officer: the soldiers’ mess and the officers’ mess. 3. a person of military skill or experience 4. a person who contends or serves in any… Read more »
Skipper Murph
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Consider Obama’s pronunciation of CORPSMAN, I doubt if he has EVER watched a war movie of any kind.

sudsy
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Consider Bush’s pronunciation of “Bring it On”! Then sending our troops to die for his lie and cowboy machismo!

Karen Lyne Slater-McDaniel
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Karen Lyne Slater-McDaniel
In May 2009 my son (who was in high school & is not the usual reader) went & purchased Lone Survivor the day it was released. After he absorbed this book he handed it to me & said “Here momma, I want you to understand WHY I want to serve my country.” This is not my choice of reading material, but as a mother of a son determined to join the armed forces I NEEDED to read it! I rank this as the top book I’ve ever read & am forever grateful I did. From that point on when a… Read more »
Lee Scott
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Thanks Karen. I’m a proud step-dad with a step-son also in the 82nd. Like your son, he always knew what he wanted to do. He’s gone through Airborne, Air Assault, and Ranger, and just recently earned his EIB. Thank God for men like this. I know you are proud.

Paul M.
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I have seen the movie and read the book as well; both excellent. As a former Special Forces soldier with 3 1/2 years in Afghanistan/Pakistan, I was moved by the realism of the movie, which strongly reminded me why I miss the Special Ops community so much.

Pat D'Amico
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Paul M. It is a honor to hear from you and I saw the same thing you did. Realisim, honor and courage. It is very difficult to listen to this people who have none and try to tell us it isn’t so. The liberal media and people who run our country but don’t support our military are traitor’s. I would love to see them out there showing the courage they do not have.

Angelina Sclone
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Paul You’re closer than most families could ever be. What you share for one another is unlike life out of the military. Only Military Understand what I have said. May God wrap his arms around each and every one of you.My Prayers.

booksbenji
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As Marine recon in the rice paddies(‘Nam), I can vouch for his passion, his fire ans his anger!!!!

Jon Galt
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This is no different than the liberal DOGS that spit on our brave military returning from Vietnam. I hope the libs enjoy their just desserts. Soon.

Shadow
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As a combat veteran it was easy to see that the interviewer had no concept of the topic he was attempting to discuss.

Bullgumbo
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I understand the enmity that a patriot feels toward the media. Especially CNN and the major networks. However, be mindful that there are some people within these organizations that are not as partisan as you believe them to be. One of those is Jake Tapper, the interviewer. I’ve heard him a number of times on Hugh Hewitt’s show and have some to respect him. I feel the same way about Erin Burnett. They’ll give us a fair shake. Be more discreet about throwing anybody into the us vs. them pot.

Klaus Fischer
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After Marcus didn’t bite on the bait and held his ground, the interviewer turned to Wahlberg and attempted to disguise his liberal progressive nature in stating that perhaps it was the perception made by a non military person that created the misunderstanding of what Marcus was saying. This is a great example of the difference between the left and right, it’s not a philosophy any longer, it’s an all out difference in the way we look at life now. The term “United” no longer applies to this country, and to believe it does is merely believing the misinformation passed on… Read more »
Guest
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What leaves me shaking my head is the fact that Mark, who played Marcus, agreed with the reporters remark concerning the difference in perception from a non military point of view. ARGGHHH!

4MeNoRinos
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God Bless our Military and Veterans.
Thank you Marcus Luttrell, Lt.Col. Allen West and all Veterans, Military for your service.

LBC 51
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Most Americans need to read or learn the history of their country. Learn how we got where we are…why are we free people? If it wethe brave, dedicated members of our militar

DrMurky
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One thing I’d like them to take away from all of that study is the realization that we are allowing ourselves to turn into exactly the same thing that our forefathers turned away from: An out of control Imperial power.

LBC 51
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Sorry the ipad would not accept my corrections nor allow me to FINISh!!

Rick in Apple Valley
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“We never felt like we were losing until we were actually dead.” That’s an f’n warrior right there.

Southwired
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The media and evidently Tapper will never get “it”. They will never get honor and commitment. All they have known in their meager little lives is what they have been taught, that trying and doing their best is good enough. They will never understand what it is to complete the mission you are given by all means necessary, even the ultimate sacrifice….

Marcus127
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I viewed the film yesterday at a Mid-Day Matinee showing. I was amongst a couple of hundred older folks….and plainly many Veterans of several Wars….mine was Vietnam. The place was silent….hushed….and we watched the film with more than a few tears. Yes…it is a Hollywood film but it does tell the story….and it does rise questions but then what War story doesn’t if it is being true to the people it represents? There are a few scenes that were quite moving to me….and so short and so benign few will catch them but all the more important to me….having been… Read more »
James Robertson
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Thanks to all the worriors

David Brown
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There is an element of senselessness when the objective goes beyond that which reasonably sustainable. But this is not the responsibility of the soldiers, and any effort to set an oppressed people free is noble, not to mention the importance and necessity of taking military stands against our enemies. We all hope that the result would be an awakening with psychological strongholds being torn down as the systems of evil are shaken or removed. The people of Afghanistan are in the death grip of a culture of great wickedness, bred and sustained by Islam, and fostered by a tribal society.… Read more »
annieoakley
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And you have the best explanation.

Happygramm
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The video has been scrubbed from the internet!

Happygramm
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It is there, then it’s gone now it’s back. YouTube scrubbed it. Marcus was calm and direct. There is NO reason to remove this video.

Johnny Cee
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Saw the movie. Those SEALs are truly brave warriors. I’m so grateful to be an American.
I Cr 13:8a

dghealy
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“Maybe its just the difference between what a civilian feels when he watches this and what a Soldier feels” Yes, you are a moron, Tapper.

Guest
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What I want to know is…Why did Mark agree with the reporter at the end?

dghealy
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I think Mark was embarrassed for him.

KellyKAFIR
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No… Mark has come out with the utmost respect for us Vets and especially for the special operations community. Pretty surprising for a Hollywood type…

SandyRae
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The absolute ignorance is stunning. They were not Soldiers. They were SEALS!!! Any citizen/civilian should know the difference.

Deborah McLaughlin
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Remember, he works for CNN. Low expectations.

Janet Sutton
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They will use any hyped up stuff to promote the movie. I rather here from the people that were there, and survived. My ex husband has been there since the beginning, and I know there are things done we couldn’t imagine. War is like that. But I will not support Mark Wahlberg ever.

KellyKAFIR
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Really??? Have you been in a war zone, dependa?

ken
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to bad he is a patriot are you

Vickie Fusco
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Do you ever think before you speak? He was there, fought bravely and now tells the (first hand)

KellyKAFIR
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She was a dependapotamus… she knows about war cause her ex husband was there… she probably wore his rank at the FRG meetings too!

Rebecca Couch
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Seriously? This movie is based on a book written by Marcus Luttrell…the only SEAL who survived Operation Redwing…he was there…this is his story about what happened to him and his Brothers…so your first two sentences are invalid. ..

KellyKAFIR
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And she would rather HERE from those who were there! She is real smart!

Rebecca Couch
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Excuse me, Operation Red Wings…my not so smart Smart Phone auto corrected me :-/

Robert Jaspers
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Liberals will whine about anything they can think of.. but what an ignorant, arrogant, presumptive ass to speak like that to one our best surviving heroes. He’s lucky he didn’t get his ass beat, but our Seals have more self-control than that.

Chris Duncan
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Mr.Allen West, I would be proud to have such a stand-up and respectable man in office. A man I can look to and know that he will guide this country back to our founding principles. You sir are a man among the few that hold our men and women in arms with the utmost respect for what they do and I applaud you.

josephazar
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The video is no longer here

treehugger85
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I just watched it on here.

corey2444
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senseless??? rules of engagement not senseless? i hate liberals for what they do!

Guest
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What a stupid comment made by CNN! Typcial!

Bob O'Hara
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War is a waste of time if you lose.

Trevor Shattuck
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How offensive of that interviewer, here is a little taste of his offensive attitude…It’s
a damn shame that pencil neck interviewer was not on the side of that Mountain,
I, for one, would gladly trade his self-righteous ass for any one of those American
heroes who did not make home alive!

djjames99
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If I wasn’t house-bound, I’d be there to see it this weekend with you!!! Marcus Latrell is a true American Hero and both the liberal socialists and their bought and paid for media are just DISPICABLE to even suggest otherwise!!!!!

Jack Guest
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Send the ignorant SOB over there for a year and let him hang with the Taliban. Then they could send his headless ass back to CNN !

Benny
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For Wahlberg – this citizen gets it. Damn straight.

Jonathan O'Connor
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It’s not that Liberals can’t handle the truth, instead they DETEST IT! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hGvQtumNAY

Lestie
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This guy is a idiot!! The Left should be exactly where they’re at… the FAR LEFT!!!

BigDogJunction
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I’m proud (and humbled) to call Marcus, “Shipmate”. He embodies what many of us feel in our hearts. It takes a cut above to be able to grasp it, embrace it and live it.

USN ’88 – ’93

ptwaugh
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A real man, something the Liberals no longer understand, or aspire to be. Just remember to put the seat back up for us. Army ’82 – ’86. Thank you for your service Marcus, your team IS proud of you. We need you in the ongoing fight against terror and tyranny. I salute you.

Ron Gilmer
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All of us vets stand with you Col. West.

KellyKAFIR
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I second that!

Ron Gilmer
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All who have served stood ready go give when called! The Lone Survivor carries a lone responsibility for those that did not return and Marcus stands for what we all feel! God Bless ALL, men and women, who stand by their oath to defend the Constitution, So Help Us God!

Orlando Fontanez
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There are no “rules”, or “ethics” in war.

KellyKAFIR
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LOL… you’ve never been in the military have you?