Tina Brown recently learned the hard way that when speaking to veterans of the armed forces, it’s wise to just keep your opinions about war to yourself. Brown had just attended a screening of Lone Survivor, a film about Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, who (spoiler!) was the only survivor after a mission in Afghanistan went wrong. As NPR reports, a pivotal part of the movie is when Luttrell and his team decide to let a group of goat herders go. In the end, those same goat herders alert Taliban forces, who attack and murder everyone aside from Luttrell.
Brown, being the inquisitive type, approached Luttrell after the screening, and made the mistake of offering up her opinion:
I actually talked to [Luttrell] after a screener in an interview, and I asked him, you know, how does he feel today about that decision to let the goat herds go, which I said at the time, was probably the right moral decision to do. And he exploded. He said he really resented that it was ‘the right thing to do.’ He said, ‘How do you know what was the right thing to do? Nobody but us who was on that mountainside, in that conflict, in that war zone, knows what was the right thing to do.’
We have the feeling that from now on, Brown will withhold commenting on veterans’ deeply personal, and often quite traumatic, experiences.