Former Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell would not have wanted terrorists traded for his release while he was being held captive in Afghanistan, he told conservative radio host Glenn Beck on Wednesday.
“I have been speculating,” Beck said during his radio show. “I can’t imagine if you were in the situation, that you would want the president of the United States to release five of the worst guys in Guantanamo.”
Luttrell said he was surprised by the circumstances surrounding Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s release from Taliban captivity.
“No, sir. Matter of fact, that’s what most people have been asking me and talking to me about,” Luttrell said. “That thought never even crossed my mind when I was out there and when the Taliban had me. They didn’t have me for five years like they had him, but the thing that I held onto was that my teammates would come get me or I was going to die out there – not turn over some of the guys that were responsible for some of the worst atrocities that we’ve seen so far. So that one caught me off guard. I really wasn’t expecting that.”
Luttrell, the lone survivor of Operation Redwing in Afghanistan, was held captive for five days. His life was threatened every day, he said, so he found it hard to believe that Bergdahl was kept alive for five years.
“The part that kind of caught me off guard, too, was the fact that they held him,” he said. “They don’t let them do that. I mean the whole deal behind me was they wanted to cut my head off, and they were doing everything they could to try to get to me to kill me.”
Listen to the interview here via Glenn Beck:
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