Real 'Lone Survivor' on Gates' Book: 'Tough' to Fight Without Clear Objective
The real-life "Lone Survivor," Marcus Luttrell, joined Fox and Friends to reflect on the fierce 2005 battle in Afghanistan that left three of his fellow SEALs dead.
Luttrell, played in the Hollywood blockbuster by Mark Wahlberg, was the only one of the four-man reconnaissance team to survive Operation Red Wings, suffering multiple wounds.
Team leader Lt. Michael Murphy, along with fellow SEALs Matthew Axelson and Danny Dietz, were killed in the ambush by Taliban fighters. They had been dropped by helicopter into a remote area to follow the activities of an al Qaeda leader suspected of having links to Usama bin Laden.
Luttrell wrote the book that served as the basis for the newly released movie.
Earlier this week, Luttrell spoke with Bill Hemmer to give his thoughts on the film. Since that appearance, former Defense Secretary Robert Gates has accused President Obama of not believing in the Afghanistan war strategy even as he sent more U.S. troops into battle.
In a new book, Gates accuses Obama of making wartime decisions based on politics.
Luttrell was asked how he feels about the allegations made by Gates.
He responded that he has not read the book, so he could only comment on what he's heard.
"Obviously that's got to be a tough pill to swallow for the guys that are over there getting shot at, when your leader is uncertain what the game plan is... When I was still there and we were getting after it, we knew what the objective was. So if there's no objective, I would imagine it's tough to get up in the morning and throw your boots on," said Luttrell.
Watch the full interview above as Luttrell reflects on what life is like for him now, especially being a husband and father after returning from war.