Was I afraid of the liberal media back in the U.S.A? Yes.

 

 I have Lone Survivor.  Good day to start reading it.

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pride in presenting the Medal of Honor to Lieutenant Michael P. Murphy, United States Navy, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life, above and beyond the call of duty, as the leader of a special reconnaissance element with Naval Special Warfare Task Unit Afghanistan on 27 and 28 June 2005.

While leading a mission to locate a high-level anti-coalition militia leader, Lieutenant Murphy demonstrated extraordinary heroism in the face of grave danger in the vicinity of Asadabad, Konar Province, Afghanistan. On 28 June 2005, operating in an extremely rugged, enemy-controlled area, Lieutenant Murphy’s team was discovered by anti-coalition militia sympathizers who revealed their position to Taliban fighters. As a result, between 30 and 40 enemy fighters besieged his four-member team.

Demonstrating exceptional resolve, Lieutenant Murphy valiantly led his men in engaging the large enemy force. The ensuing fierce firefight resulted in numerous enemy casualties, as well as the wounding of all four members of his team. Ignoring his own wounds and demonstrating exceptional composure, Lieutenant Murphy continued to lead and encourage his men. When the primary communicator fell mortally wounded, Lieutenant Murphy repeatedly attempted to call for assistance for his beleaguered teammates. Realizing the impossibility of communicating in the extreme terrain and in the face of almost certain death, he fought his way into an open terrain to gain a better position to transmit a call. This deliberate heroic act deprived him of cover, exposing him to direct enemy fire. Finally achieving contact with his headquarters, Lieutenant Murphy maintained his exposed position while he provided his location and requested immediate support for his team.

In his final act of bravery, he continued to engage the enemy until he was mortally wounded, gallantly giving his life for his country and for the cause of freedom. By his selfless leadership, courageous actions, and extraordinary devotion to duty, Lieutenant Murphy reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

The hostile media in America adversely impacted tactical decisions in the field which led to the death of Lt. Murphy, Petty Officer Axelson, and Petty Officer Dietz. 

“Listen, Marcus.  If we kill them, someone will find their bodies real quick.  For a start, these fucking goats are just going to hang around.  And when these guys don’t get home for their dinner, their friends and relatives are going to head straight out to look for them, especially for this fourteen-year-old.  The main problem is the goats.  Because they can’t be hidden, and that’s where people will look.

“When they find the bodies, the Taliban leaders will sing to the Afghan media.  The media in the U.S.A. will latch on to it and write stuff about the brutish U.S. Armed Forces.   Very shortly after that, we’ll be charged with murder.  The murder of innocent unarmed Afghan farmers.”

To let these guys go on there way was military suicide.

“We’ve got three options.  We plainly don’t want to shoot these guys because of the noise.  So, number one, we could just kill them quietly and hurl the bodies over the edge.  That’s probably a thousand foot drop.  Number two is we kill them right here, cover ’em up as best we can with rocks and dirt.

“Either way we get the hell out and say nothing.  Not even when the story comes out about the murdered Afghan goatherds.  And some fucking headline back home which reads, ‘Navy SEALs Under Suspicion.’

“Number three, we turn ’em loose, and still get the hell out, in case the Taliban come looking.”

Lieutenant Murphy put it to a vote.  The goat herders lived.  The SEALs died.  The American media played a role in their deaths that you will have to research on your own.

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7 responses to “Was I afraid of the liberal media back in the U.S.A? Yes.

  1. StarCMC

    It’s a shameful story. LT Murphy deserves the CMOH for his actions, but he should never have been placed in the position of having to make the decision he did. And IMO, his blood is also on the hands of those of us who KNOW the media’s distortion of the Truth and yet choose to look the other way. How many more stories are there like this one? Maybe they don’t all result in the awarding of the CMOH, or even any recognition. But you’ve gotta know that they are out there. Heroes on the field of battle should NEVER have to make life or death decisions based on how the media will play it out here at home. It completely disgusts me that we put our defenders in this position. How many more brave souls must die needlessly, because we here at home can’t get our collective heads out of our posteriors?

  2. The plan is to convince the people that nothing is worth fighting for, and to demoralize our defenders. Our Special Operations Force warriors have already seen the alacrity with which certain generals will throw them under the bus.

    Somehow, we have allowed vocifierous elements in our own society to habitually believe the enemy’s version of events and automatically assume our warriors are war criminals. These people must be changed, one way or another.

  3. Soldier's Mom

    Although I thoroughly agree about our gutless MSM, we really need to do something about those in congress and the coalition government who negotiated the absolutely ridiculous rules of engagement. “Don’t shoot unless fired upon or they raise a weapon against you” — they wear 14 layers of robes and who knows under which layer the weapons, rockets, knives, etc. are hiding. And don’t even go there about the kids — I don’t like the idea of killing kids, but in Afghanistan, they become Taliban as soon as they are weaned from their mothers — these people consider themselves grown at 12-13-14 — they get married, have kids and begin raising another generation of fighters! When are we ever going to learn that being politically correct is the worst way to run a military ever invented?

  4. Rules of engagement are negotiated?

    I never saw any rules of engagement when I was in. Seems like ROE became a major element of lawfare after I got out. Not sure if President Bush could wave his magic wand and relax restrictive ROE’s.

    Our warriors reflect the society from which they came. America is the most litigious nation on Earth, and our military is the most over-lawyered.

    Read Rules of Engagement if you get insomnia. The JAG Guild makes sure no expedition leaves without them.

  5. I recently think about what is the point to war and what should be prioritized. I eventually came to the conclusion that war is about who lives and who dies. You can have people spouting off on whatever, but what matters is whether that person lives tomorrow or not.

    Propaganda, in this respect, is only important in how many enemies it can help kill and how many allies it can help save.

  6. When uncountered enemy propaganda shrinks the chain of command’s approval rating and legitimacy, freedom of action is degraded, and we can’t kill enemies and save allies like we should.