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War and the Media

From Lone Survivor:


“In the global war on terror, we have rules, and our opponents use them against us. We try to be reasonable; they will stop at nothing. They will stoop to any form of base warfare: torture, beheading, mutilation. Attacks on innocent civilians, women and children, car bombs, suicide bombers, anything … they can think of. They’re right up there with the monsters of history.

And I ask myself, who’s prepared to go furthest to win this war? Answer: they are. They’ll willingly die to get their enemy. They will take it to the limit, any time, any place, whatever it takes. And they don’t have rules of engagement.

Thus we have an extra element of fear and danger when we go into combat against the Taliban or al Qaeda — the fear of our own, the fear of what our own navy judge advocate general might rule against us, the fear of the American media and their unfortunate effect on American politicians … The first minute an armed conflict turns into a media war, the news becomes someone’s opinion, not hard truths. When the media gets involved, in the United States, that’s a war you’ve got a … good chance of losing, because the restrictions on us are immediately amplified, and that’s sensationally good news for our enemy.” (emphasis added)

— Marcus Luttreall, Navy SEAL


If you’re an American, you should read this book. You won’t be disappointed. More later.

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