The Impression of Disrespect is Really Disrespect

Posted: January 15, 2014 in Military, Never Forget, Politics, The Fury-ous Files
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I was going to write the second part of the Wussification series this week, but I opted to take a break from it and write about what’s on my heart. I wrote this up and was going to send it out last night, however that didn’t happen…

All things worked out though because, even though I really despise being late, waiting until today brought some added content to this that I would’ve been upset to have missed. I’m going to incorporate a film review from The Atlantic, a piece that is all-encompassing of the liberal mindset when it comes to our military. Granted The Atlantic, and the author (who’s from Canada) are names I’ve not heard of before, I am shining a spotlight on them anyway. Why? Because their ideology is one in which we are constantly at war with. (You can reach the author via Email: or Twitter: @calummarsh)

This past weekend the movie Lone Survivor released in theaters. It is the true story of Operation Red Wings. I finally got to see it Sunday afternoon… & walking out of the theater, I could no longer find it in me to write on anything other than this movie.

movies like Lone Survivor do begin to resemble multi-million dollar recruitment videos—tools of military indoctrination geared toward the young and the impressionable.” Calum Marsh

imageMy friend Red once told me to look up the story of Operation Red Wings and Michael Murphy. I always meant to but never did, other than just a quick glance at a website. Now I see why he wanted me to look into it. Lone Survivor is far from a “recruitment video”. I could be wrong, but I’ve yet to see one that so vividly displays the OJT hazards and risks of being a Navy SEAL. Learning about a true military operation and the training, hardships, and loss that came with it is, to me, the exact opposite of indoctrination (or propaganda). Looking into, learning, and seeing an as-near-to-true-life-as-it-gets movie on Operation Red Wings has in no way indoctrinated me or anyone else for that matter… It educated me. Being truly educated is something that is lacking in America right now.

Hear is what Dakota Meyer, a Marine Corps veteran, and one of only three living recipients who received the Medal of Honor for his heroic acts in Afghanistan, had to say in response to Lone Survivor being labeled propaganda:

I’m sure all of you know way more about Operation Red Wings than I do. I speak only from my viewpoint as a military brat growing up, and as a civilian in my adulthood, and I welcome your viewpoints being that you were/are living the military life.

I shed many tears, but as I left the theater, I felt anger replace my sorrow. I was angered by some of the ROE’s, then and now… I honestly don’t know if killing those afghanis would’ve been the right move or not had there not been ROE’s in place. I know in my heart I would’ve made the same choice Michael Murphy did. (Although the kid that attempted to escape, I think I might’ve shot him… One of those “give me a reason” situations).

The words and actions of Marcus Luttrell during that scene resonated with me. How he 1) recognized they didn’t have the green light to kill the captives; 2) thought of the consequences to the military as a whole; and 3) knew how the media would spin the story, he and Michael Murphy opted for integrity, even at such a high cost. What angered me was how sad but true it is that the media does its damnedest to vilify our military, not once thinking how they have the freedom to speak BECAUSE of our military! (Notice how Wahlberg mentions CNN in that scene and now we hear of how CNN’s Jake Tapper feels the loss of our guys was “senseless”.)

The break in communication…oh boy did that infuriate me. From the inability to call for instruction on what to do with the captured, the call that killed Michael Murphy, to the scene of Marcus Luttrell laying under a rock, watching his rescue fly away, not knowing he was right there… It was a blow to my heart to watch this… to fathom their feelings during this… With all the technology we have, with all the monitoring and tracking the government does on We the People, you would think our military would have the best of the best in this area of technology!

[compare the] casual introduction with the way the film brings in its Taliban villains. Their unruly gang storms into a quiet village while firing off machine guns and, while screaming unintelligibly, drags a man into the streets and lops his head off with a machete. (Sinister-sounding music accompanies, just in case the sentiment wasn’t clear.) This is cartoon villainy…” Calum Marsh

imageThe villains in Lone Survivor were, and are very real. To compare them to cartoon villains as if they don’t really do the things depicted in the movie is just plain ignorance. The Taliban is known to be extremely violent, and yes, that includes beheading people they deem enemies. No, their enemies are not just Americans, it can even be people of their own ethnicity. They are one huge organized gang, like the Blood and the Crips on steroids, that terrorize whomever, whenever, and wherever they please. Their actions in the movie, in my opinion, didn’t even begin to show just how evil they are. However, our military knows first hand.

The pure evil displayed before they attempted to behead Marcus Luttrell lit me up like the Fourth of July! I’m actually shaking as I type this just thinking about it………

we need to feel an emotional connection to the heroes in a way that we don’t with their enemies. We need to believe, even subconsciously, that while the Americans are three-dimensional characters to whom we can relate, the seemingly endless droves of attackers who besiege them are not—they’re merely The Enemy, a faceless mass, a manifestation of evil. We want to see them shot at, eviscerated, blown to pieces.” Calum Marsh

It doesn’t, and shouldn’t, take a movie for anyone to feel an emotional connection, or to relate, to our military. And WHY do we need to have an emotional connection, or to relate, to the Taliban? This isn’t a marriage counseling session in which we seek reconciliation. That ship sailed before we had boots on the ground. Do we WANT to see blood, guts, and limbs blown to bits? Not really. What we want is for our mission to be complete, our enemy eliminated, and civilians to be safe from the “gangs”.

Our military faces such evil head on, I don’t think even half of our society realizes how much you all absorb on our behalf… I left the theater looking at all the people, at the life going on around me… I felt fresh tears begin to fall. Society is so spoiled and aren’t the least bit grateful. Yes, we have poverty, crime, accidents, illnesses, a horrible POTUS… Overall, we are so lucky, blessed, and fortunate, but we’ve chosen to act spoiled rotten. Society behaves like a little brat demanding his way because he’s been made to believe he’s “entitled”. It’s that spoiled brat mentality that leads ungrateful people like Calum Marsh to write such disrespectful things about our military.

It’s no accident that Lone Survivor ignores the question of whether the SEAL team’s mission was justified or worthwhile, just as it ignores, even more broadly, the merit of the war in Afghanistan to begin with. Not asking is its own kind of answer. It tells us to focus elsewhere: on the heroism of these men, on the bravery of their actions. The moral issues are for another day.” Calum Marsh

From what I’ve gathered, the purpose of this movie was not to explain the war in Afghanistan, or why we are there. The movie is about a single operation performed by an elite team, and the memory of events based on the lone survivor of that operation – Marcus Luttrell. Anyone looking for something other than that, not seeing it, and then complaining about it is exemplifying a typical liberal trait.

imageYou’re damn right this movie shows the heroism and bravery of these men! And what burns up people like Calum Marsh is that our military can show their struggle with morality, and still be brave heroes. These guys considered killing the captured Afghanis. They addressed the morality of the situation. They didn’t kill them. They didn’t leave them tied up to freeze throughout the night. They let them go, even though they knew it could mean the kiss of death.

The conundrum of whether to trust or not is heightened in situations like this. I’ve heard how the elderly, women, and children are easy to trust, but that just makes them easy bombs. We can’t shoot an unarmed civilian in war, yet it’s too late, often times, to see they were armed with bombs underneath their clothing.

imageI have to admit, amidst all the anger I had, and still have somewhat, I cried tears of joy and love as the Afghani villagers risked their lives in rescuing Marcus Luttrell, tending to his wounds, providing him shelter, food and water, giving him refuge from evil, and sending for help. It was, IMO, an act of God that saved him. He was able to share the memories of the fallen, and share how there is still an element of kindness in humanity, even within the country overrun with our enemies.

I would love to sit down with our military, and just ask them questions, pick their brains, learn… I couldn’t shake the thoughts in my head of what Marcus Luttrell must think when he goes grocery shopping, driving in rush hour traffic, running errands, dealing with people day in and day out… Is he angry that people are so selfish and clueless? Is he upset with people, especially liberals, who don’t give a **** about our country, let alone our military? Is he saddened, brought to tears, at the lack of empathy in society? Is he outraged at POTUS’ policies and lack of leadership? I wonder how he stays focused on life when he’s endured so much overseas, only to come home and face domestic enemies called liberalism, apathy, complacency, and betrayal.

Lone Survivor is the type of film…rooted in a tradition of patriotism as old as the motion picture itself… Many of its more aggressively nationalistic elements are just a matter of following genre protocol….Films like this contribute to subtle shifts in public perception, helping to legitimize feelings of xenophobia and American exceptionalism.” Calum Marsh

The definition of Xenophobia is: fear and hatred of strangers or foreigners or of anything that is strange or foreign. Our fight in Afghanistan, especially Operation Red Wings, is not xenophobia… We don’t fear or hate Afghanis because they’re foreign. Our military hates the Taliban who attempt to rule by using fear. Our foreign enemies, along with our domestic ones, view American exceptionalism, our military that defends it, and supporters of it, as evil. To them it’s “be radically changed or be killed”.

The faces of our domestic enemies can be seen on the likes of Jane Fonda, Code Pink, and almost all liberals… Its face is in the Oval Office… In the media… In our schools and colleges… It creeps onto the church body as well…

War isn’t great; war makes you great. What is such a sentiment if not pro-war?But it’s important to remember that despite their moralizing, war films are still essentially action films—blockbuster spectacles embellished by the verve and vigor of cutting-edge special effects… when a film like Lone Survivor transforms its Navy SEALs into infallible supermen tragically bested, it suggests that these men are role models only in death—that it was war that made them noble and heroic. The carnage and difficulties only underline the message… When you make a film in which soldiers are paragons of excellence and the action they conduct is ruthless and exciting…almost pornographic in its excess—there is no other conclusion…” Calum Marsh

imageThis movie didn’t seek to moralize any action. It sought to portray events as they happened to, and around the only survivor. This isn’t a story created in the mind of some screenwriter. The action in this movie wasn’t embellished for the sake of appeasing action-hungry viewers. It is action that our deployed military faces almost daily.

It didn’t portray the Navy SEALs as “infallible supermen”. However, to those who are intimidated by their demand for, and standards of, excellency, I can see why they would use such dishonest terms.

This is a pitfall few war films manage to avoid. Doing so would mean humanizing rather than simply lionizing your heroes; doing that means risking the impression of disrespect. Doing so would mean making warfare unappealing rather than exciting…” Calum Marsh

We lost several military personnel during that operation. If the loss of life isn’t “humanizing” enough, I don’t know what is. If seeing the multiple wounds inflicted, the slaughter of innocent lives by our enemy, or the horrid terrain that our military endured didn’t make warfare unappealing, I’m not sure what would.

And did you catch that part of “risking the impression of disrespect”? The Jake Tappers and Calum Marshes in the world haven’t risked the impression of disrespect…they have simply outright disrespected our military. Every single progressive liberal policy, ideology, and point of view is a blatant “F**K YOU” to our military, our foundations as a country, and our exceptionalism as Americans.

The impression of disrespect is really just blatant disrespect…

Our finest lost in Operation Red Wings were instilled, trained, worked, lived, and died with integrity, honor, and brevity. They fought to save innocent people from evil until their dying breath. As Americans, I hope we can find a bit of our Navy SEAL’s fierce, determined, and unbeatable spirit.

Military Monday message: Thank you for your service, sacrifice, and dedication! “Never quit!”


Soldier on!

  1. Jim Christie says:

    Amen !

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