CNN’s Jake Tapper found out the hard way that former Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell is not someone you want to insult.
Luttrell is making the media rounds promoting the movie based on his book, “Lone Survivor,” his personal account of a mission gone horribly awry in the mountains of Afghanistan. He sat down Friday with Tapper and took offense to comments the CNN host made about the ordeal being “senseless.”
“One of the emotions I felt while watching was, first of all, the hopelessness of the situation, how horrific it was,” Tapper said in starting off the interview. “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.”
The only survivor of a four-man reconnaissance team that was ambushed by Taliban fighters, Luttrell responded like a man with fierce loyalty to his fallen comrades.
“I don’t know what part of the film you were watching, but hopelessness never really came into it,” Luttrell replied. “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 tried to explain, but he was clearly out of his league.
“It seemed senseless,” the CNN host responded. “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.”
Irritated, Luttrell gave Tapper a little education on military combat.
“We spend our whole lives training to defending this country, and then we were sent over there by this country,” Luttrell said. “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?”
Backtracking, Tapper said, “No.”
“That’s what you said,” Luttrell fired back. “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.”