Posted June 25th, 2008 by USNavySeals
I came across Marcus Littrell’s account of escaping Afghanistan
, whilst wounded, while he was serving as team with the US Navy SEALs
today, and I have to say it is quite frankly astonishing.
It isn’t the obviously heroic endeavour which saw him travelling wounded through enemy lines to escape into Pakistan, what I find most astounding is the sheer amount of attitude he puts forward, bordering on egotistical at times. This man truly believes that the SEALs are gods among men and can do do wrong. He actually tells us that many SEALs believe themselves almost immortal due to their skill and confidence.
Whilst it may be true that these badass boys are pretty hardcore, I cannot help feeling that waking into a battle zone, thinking you are immortal, is a pretty good way to go about getting a bullet in the head.
I have to believe that his over the top representation of life as a SEAL is nothing short of a marketing ploy to sell more copies of his book, which was recently published. I certainly will not be reading it if it is full of the same kind of bullshit as this article.
I have the utmost respect for the US Navy SEALs, but people like this, who are milking the cow for every penny they can make by selling their own war stories, do much to harm the overall reputation of this elite fighting unit.