In Lone Survivor, a chilling, firsthand account of the loss of eleven members of the Navyâ€™s elite Sea, Air, Land (SEAL) Team and eight Army aviators, Petty Officer Marcus Luttrell describes the fateful decision that led to disaster for him and death for his comrades. It came down to a judgment call about whether to risk prosecution and jail-time for doing whatever it took to complete their mission, or to allow three Afghan goatherds to rat out his unit to the Taliban.
When Luttrell cast the deciding vote to turn loose the farmers who had stumbled upon him and three other SEALs shortly after they had been dropped behind enemy lines to take down a particularly dangerous Taliban leader, he described the thought-process:
â€œIf we kill these guys, we have to be straight about it. Report what we did. We can't sneak around thisâ€¦.Their bodies will be found, the Taliban will use it to the max. Theyâ€™ll get it in the papers, and the U.S. liberal media will attack us without mercy. We'll almost certainly be charged with murderâ€¦.â€
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