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Lone Survivor SEAL: Dead Soldiers’ Families Should’ve Been at Bergdahl Rose Garden Event

Marcus Luttrell, a former Navy SEAL who wrote the book Lone Survivor about the hardships he endured in Afghanistan, weighed in on the Bowe Bergdahl controversy on CNN Friday night, and said that public opinion is now so overwhelmingly against Bergdahl for allegations made against him, “Heaven help that kid if he’s not a deserter,” because if it turns out he’s not, it will be far too late.

Luttrell told Anderson Cooper he has a great deal of sympathy for Bergdahl’s situation. He agreed that the swap could send the dangerous message that taking American soldiers hostage could be rewarded, and said he could understand the fear in Bergdahl’s eyes in the video released by the Taliban.

Cooper asked him if he would have wanted the same kind of exchange had it been him in the clutches of the Taliban. He said, “If I died on the battlefield, then that was the way it was supposed to be.” He said that he would mainly rely on his teammates to save him.

Luttrell said that if Bergdahl really did desert, “he should be tried,” and admitted he wasn’t a big fan of the celebratory Rose Garden announcement because they didn’t have the families of soldiers who died looking for Bergdahl.

Watch the video below, via CNN:

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