Lone Survivor

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By Michael Greer

Editor’s note: This seems like a combination editorial and movie review

I had to sit for a while after this film ended. I was so overcome with a variety of emotions, some of them conflicting. To say it brought me to tears is to trivialize how I felt.  I’ve seen many war movies but, somehow, this one made war real for me.

I was overcome with grief at the loss of these strong, brave young men. Grief at the loss to their children and families of their influence in their daily lives and their presence at the important events.  Birthdays and Christmas, graduations and weddings.

Overcome with admiration for the integrity, loyalty, honor, and obedience of the young men and women who are willing to put their lives in danger to protect our freedoms. These are people we can count on. If they are given a job to do, they will do it or (literally) die trying.  It was so clear in this film that it would be impossible for any of them to leave anyone behind. That has always been the creed of our military. They don’t leave anyone behind.  One of the soldiers already wounded many times and probably suffering internal injuries from falling down the mountain, climbed back up to rescue his brother. What happened in Benghazi should be  unacceptable to every American. There is no excuse that help was not sent.  No excuse.

Overcome with outrage that the Left is so willing to give up the freedoms these young men and women are fighting and dying to protect. The cavalier, disrespectful attitude the Left has toward our military. The fact that both parties agreed to cut the pensions of wounded veterans. Anyone who has served in our military deserves our respect and the best healthcare. They aren’t getting it.

Overcome with outrage that our President holds our military in such contempt and disrespect. This from a man who has never worked hard enough to break a fingernail. This President couldn’t last a day of basic training, let alone the training Seals go through. I’m outraged that this Imperial President has purged more than 200 senior Officers who have served their country honorably. Outraged that this President puts our young men and women in harm’s way without the rules of engagement necessary to win.

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates has verified in his recently released book what we have suspected since this President was elected. He and his staff have contempt for our military, and are condescending toward Commanding Officers. Officers who have studied how to conduct wars. Men who have had the training, discipline, and experience to know how to win. But this President, who knows nothing about how to conduct a war, isn’t interested in their opinions. He has put our soldiers in harm’s way for purely political reasons.  And under his command, our casualties have doubled.

All of my adult life, when ever I have been in the presence of a member of our military, I have thanked them for their service. I hope those who see this film will do the same.


Michael Greer is the co-organizer of the Santa Monica Tea Party and the Los Angeles Tea Party, on the board of directors of the Citizens’ Alliance for Property Rights and was a member of the Republican Central Committee for the 41st Assembly District. 

One Response to Lone Survivor

  1. Stefan Djordjevic January 15, 2014 at 9:35 am

    You mentioned the Left. But I think that Libertarians are also against deployment, for different reasons. I think they believe that most of these fights are pointless. Maybe they will comment.


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