Former Navy Seal Destroys Media Narrative

The movie Lone Survivor opened this past weekend, so those involved with its production have been making the rounds promoting the film – including the man the movie was based on himself, Marcus Luttrell.

In one particular interview with Jake Tapper from CNN, things got a bit heated when Tapper pointed to the “senselessness” of the lives lost and the “hopelessness” that the soldiers must have felt.

Jake Tapper: One of the emotions I felt while watching was, first of all, the hopelessness of the situation, how horrific it was. And I was torn about the message of the film in the same way that I think I am about the war in Afghanistan itself. I don’t want any more senseless American death.

Marcus Luttrell: I don’t know what part of the film you were watching, but hopelessness never really came into it. Where did you see that? We never 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.

Tapper: It seemed senseless. I don’t mean to disrespect in any way, but it seemed senseless — all of these wonderful people who were killed for an op that went wrong.

Luttrell: We spend our whole lives training to defending this country, and then we were sent over there by this country. So you’re telling me because we were over there doing what we were told by our country, that it was senseless? And my guys, what? They died for nothing?

Tapper: No.

Luttrell: That’s what you said. So, let me just say, it went bad for us over there, but that was our job. That’s what we did. We didn’t complain about it.

I understand the need for promotion, especially in the film industry. I also understand the need for the media to ask questions… that’s how these things get promoted after all. I just wish more members of the media would watch this interview and make a few mental notes about the kinds of questions that should and should not be asked of our military men and women. Jake Tapper is a good journalist who works hard to do his job well – but there is no way that he should be using words like “hopeless” and “senseless” with Mr. Luttrell in this interview.

I think this serves as a perfect reminder that our soldiers do not view their efforts through the same political lens that the media and the public do. We’d do well to remember that.

And if you haven’t heard about “Lone Survivor” – you should remedy that quickly.

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Onan Coca

Onan is the Editor-in-Chief at Romulus Marketing and Bravera Holdings. He's also the managing editor at,, and the managing partner at You can read more of his writing at Eagle Rising.
Onan is a graduate of Liberty University (2003) and earned his M.Ed. at Western Governors University in 2012. Onan lives in Atlanta with his wife and their five wonderful children.

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