‘Lone Survivor’ Luttrell to Film Bashers: ‘There’s Nothing Glorious about Holding Your Friends in Your Arms and Watching Them Die’

Published on January 15, 2014

“KELLY: You know, there’s been obviously some push back, some on the left we talked about an “Atlantic” magazine article, we talk about how they view this as propaganda, they didn’t like the way the Taliban were portrayed in the film. We heard a little bit of that chorus going on in the national media, your thoughts on it.

LUTTRELL: I don’t really have any thoughts on it at all, to tell you the truth. We were talking — someone told me about pro war, I sat and thought about it for a while. Is that a real term because there’s nothing glorious about war. There’s nothing glorious about holding your friends in your arms and watching them die. There is nothing glorious about having to leave your home for six to eight months while your family is back here and you are away.

Bottom line, there’s bad people everywhere, and every now and again, we’re going to have to step to them to make sure that we preserve our way of life, and it’s people like my teammates and I that have to do that, and men and women in the military, but there is nothing glorious about it. There is nothing pro-war. I mean, nobody wants war. It’s the most horrible thing in the world.

I think if anything about the movie or about the story, it’s that you go and you watch it, and it’s about the brotherhood, it’s about the guys that are willing to die for each other, no matter what. It’s about the Afghani village that brought me in and it was good people everywhere. It tells a lot of stories I think. I don’t see pro, I don’t even understand that term actually.”

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