This.I hated the book. Chapter after chapter of bragging about who and what the SEALs are. I've worked with them, possibly even the men in the movie/book. Found all the chest thumping rather nauseating. Ended up giving it away then thumbing through another to get to the mission itself.
On the obverse side of the coin, I was turned down for an Army SF contract for Takhar, Balkh and Badakhshan Province, because I lacked sufficient experience in Pashtunwaili as well as knowledge of Durrani Confederation vs. Ghilzai Pashtuns. Having lived in Takhar, Kunduz and Balkh, and traveled in Badakhshan, I will tell you there are just not that many Pashtuns there. Of course, when I brought up the Ibrahimi Brothers' organized crime network, they looked at me like Lassie.I mean the SEALs no disrespect. I've served with some that were best of the best of the best. Served with some that were a bunch of pretty boys more concerned about their hair than the mission at hand. The movie, possibly the book too but I don't remember, showed a man who didn't understand the culture in the nation he was fighting in. If that's typical of SEALs they really need to follow the lead of Special Forces. Hell, I'm nobody and I studied up on and educated my troops on the Pashtunwali. To this day, even in retirement, I make sure guys heading over know about it and what it could do for them.
Honestly? I haven't seen it. I read the book and kind of wished I hadn't. I was irrationally angry for about a month afterwards.During my time in the AF I got to do some pretty amazing stuff. Once I was deployed on a joint mission with Rangers, Para rescue, combat controllers, and some who don't talk about what they are. They were impressive men who I respected. During down time I got to teach them medic skills and they cooked me steaks. They called me Doc and let me sleep in the bed while they slept on concrete floors. I always think about a quiet conversation I had with one guy while he went through his gear check. I escorted some flag draped coffins home and had to stand there while a wife cried over her husband. I had a syringe of sedative in my pocket in case she couldn't handle it.
These are things I don't usually tell people and what I thought about while watching Lone Survivor.
Who were (or are you still?) irrationally mad at?Honestly? I haven't seen it. I read the book and kind of wished I hadn't. I was irrationally angry for about a month afterwards.
I'm caring for a 17 year old Afghan girl right now as part of an obligation I incurred while I was there. Putting her through school and otherwise trying to keep making a difference.
I don't know if I can take watching the movie. I know my former work partner won't even talk about it with me.
Honestly, I am most mad at "us" for failing to do what it takes to win this. And me, for being mad. It's complicated.Who were (or are you still?) irrationally mad at?
When I first separated I used to have fairly frequent flash backs of anger and resentment. They can still happen but not nearly as strong or frequent. Strangely it was most severe in my Trigonometry class, some times it took all my will to stay in my seat and not run out of the room. I think it has to do with stress.
Can you share how you incurred an obligation?
Well, I think you need to check yer history there, sport. Just sayin'....thin ice how so? because I speak the truths of history ...that those mussies in Afghanistan know how to fight to win. History says so and they don't do PC they do head chopping, sniping, dirty war shit like no one else does. the last concurring army was the Greeks under Alexander.