Outlaw Platoon

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Captain Sean Parnell was a 24-year-old U.S. Army Ranger when he was named commander of a 40-man elite infantry platoon—a unit that came to be known as the Outlaws—and was tasked with rooting out Pakistan-based insurgents from a mountain valley along Afghanistan's eastern frontier. In Outlaw Platoon, he gives an account of the U.S. Army's 10th Mountain Division's extremely difficult, dangerous fight.


Sean Parnell

Comments [7]


Great guest! I have read the book that Capt. Parnell wrote, it is a great page turner! I dont know how so many of them survived. Capt. Parnell should take his philosophy on leadership to the large company sector in this country. Perhaps there wouldn't be as much corruption!!!

Feb. 29 2012 02:20 PM
Listener from NY

Sorry, I meant that to be Leonard, not Brian! Apologies for the name mix-up. :)

Feb. 28 2012 01:53 PM
Listener from NY

Brian, I adore you but just because an audience doesn't want to hear about atrocities committed against children in foreign wars doesn't mean it shouldn't be discussed. Americans' delicate nature when it comes to real, horrible things that are happening in the world - compared to their willingness to watch the violence and gore of movies and such - is one of the reasons we are so blind and sometimes unfeeling when it comes to international affairs and crises (and journalists also need to confront this more in their reporting, too).

Feb. 28 2012 01:52 PM
Guy from Nolita

Leonard, the emphasis is on the last syllable. pla-TOON. The most important thing Sean said is that soldiers might join up for a variety of reasons, but the ONLY reason they fight is for each other. period. been that way since Christ was a corporal (insider joke). Soldiers cannot afford to discuss the grand political schemes, its too depressing, and will distract your mind from staying alive. Being a soldier for the American empire now is the most difficult and body churning experience ever. Thank god i did my service 30 years ago. I honestly don't know what i would do if i was on active duty now, because i would be drawn to combat duty. Our citizens must get more involved in their government to avoid these foreign entanglements.

Feb. 28 2012 01:47 PM
Zuwena from Manhattan

Please ask, "How could the equipment of the enemy be better than ours? Where was the enemy's equipment coming from? Who made the enemy's equipment?

Feb. 28 2012 01:47 PM
Sarah from UES

Great guest, can you ask him if any of his group were homosexual and if so what treatment of gays is like in his experience?

Feb. 28 2012 01:44 PM
Smokey from LES

To paraphrase Brian Lehrer's current question: "Is war inevitable?" Would you life have been lesser without the Iraq War?

Feb. 28 2012 01:42 PM

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