Lone Survivor By Marcus Luttrell

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Lone Survivor By Marcus Luttrell

Lone SurvivorBy Marcus Luttrell

2012 Benghazi Attack This attack was when Islamic terrorists attacked the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens alerted Washington that he did not feel safe and yet nothing was done to help them. This is similar to Operation Red Wings because they were both attacks on the U.S. by radical Islamists. Also, they were similar because it is felt by many that changes could have been made in the decisions of the government. Many feel that the government should have provided extra security in Benghazi. Also, Marcus said how there should be changes in the Rules of Engagement, and soldiers should not be afraid of being persecuted by their own country when they are at war.

Mental ToughnessThroughout this book, Luttrell references mental toughness, and why it is the key for the U.S. Navy SEALs to be one of the most elite military forces in the world. This theme can be seen when Marcus and his brother Morgan were training with Billy Shelton, when Marcus was training to become a SEAL (especially "Hell Week" when there is no mercy,) when the team sustains various life-threatening injuries and have to keep fighting the Taliban, as well as when Luttrell had to witness the death of his comrades. This theme also can be seen after Marcus returns home and has to adjust after the traumatic experience.

Media needs to stay off the battlefieldThroughout the book, Marcus has to worry about the liberal media crucifying him for his actions on the battlefield, even though adhering to the media eventually cost his team members his life. And it was not only the the media, but the government also made a habit of sticking their noses where they don't belong in terms of warfare. Luttrell cannot stand the rules of combat that the government set up, including not letting US soldiers to harm civilians or to initialize combat, and Luttrell at one point wrote "If anyone utters the words 'Geneva Convention' while I'm writing this I might lose it."

"I will never quit. My nation expects me to be physically harder and mentally stronger than my enemies. If knocked down I will get back up, every time. I will draw on every remaining ounce of strength to protect my enemies and to accomplish our mission. I am never out of the fight."

"...Washington, where the human rights of terrorists are often given high priority. And I am certain liberal politicians would defend their position to the death. Because everyone knows liberals have never been wrong about anything. You can ask them. Anytime."

Chronological Order of Events in Lone SurvivorMarcus grows up in Texas with Billy Shelton training him (and his brother,) to one day join US Special ForcesHe goes to Navy training in IndianaHe goes to SEAL training in Coronando, where he completes an impossibly hard training regimen.He bounces around a few other military schools before being deployed for AfghanistanDoes a few lesser missions before being assigned to kill "Ben Sharmak", pseudonym for Abdul Shah Mission delayed twice before being given the go aheadThey cross tricky and barren terrain to reach Shah's general locationThree goatherds run into them leaving them the decision to kill or to risk their own lives by letting them goAfraid of the negative press they would receive at home they let the goatherds goGoaterds alert Taliban who send around 200 people to flush the four SEALs out.After tough battle, three SEALs die and Marcus is left badly injuredMarcus bumbles around the mountain before running into some Pashtun tribesmen, who take him in because of Lokhay, a belief that if they find an injured man they must protect him and provide hospitalityAfter being harassed by Taliban, Marcus eventually is rescued by Army Rangers.Goes back a national hero, meets presidents, writes a book, etc.


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