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TheDC Exclusive: Former Navy SEAL explains how to survive zombie apocalypse

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      Jamie Weinstein

      Jamie Weinstein is Senior Editor of The Daily Caller. His work has appeared in The Weekly Standard, the New York Daily News and The Washington Examiner, among many other publications. He also worked as the Collegiate Network Journalism Fellow at Roll Call Newspaper and is the winner of the 2011 "Funniest Celebrity in Washington" contest. A regular on Fox News and other cable news outlets, Weinstein received a master’s degree in the history of international relations from the London School of Economics in 2009 and a bachelor's degree in history and government from Cornell University in 2006. He is the author of the political satire, "The Lizard King: The Shocking Inside Account of Obama's True Intergalactic Ambitions by an Anonymous White House Staffer."

Former Navy SEAL Cade Courtley’s new book promises to disclose the secrets you need to survive any disaster, but he spares nary a word explaining to readers how to survive a zombie apocalypse. In an interview with The Daily Caller, Courtley exclusively remedied that glaring omission.

“I would use my magic carpet and laser gun,” he pithily explained in an email.

Courtley’s new book is entitled “Seal Survival Guide: A Navy SEAL’s Secrets to Surviving Any Disaster.” And in it, the former host of Spike TV’s “Surviving Disaster” really does attempt to explain how to survive almost any disaster you could possibly conjure up, zombie apocalypse notwithstanding. For instance, what if you come face-to-face with a mountain lion?

“When face-to-face with a lion, make yourself as large as possible, throw rocks, and back away slowly,” he told TheDC. “If attacked, stay on your feet and fight back. Some lions have been known to stop the attack when their prey fights back.”

As part of his training as a SEAL, Courtley says he was waterboarded. Asked where he stands on the debate over whether the controversial interrogation method is effective, Courtley said while “it’s not fun … it’s very effective.”

He also said he believes that the United States should use the interrogation method — which critics decry as torture — “to get any information you can to prevent future terrorist attacks.”

Coming back to the book, TheDC asked Courtley whether reading his tome was the functional equivalent of going through Navy SEAL training.

“Only if you are reading it while getting blasted by frigid waves in the Pacific,” he quipped.

Check out TheDC’s full interview with Courtley below, about his book, whether he thinks of Jesse Ventura is a good representative of the SEAL community and whether he thinks the Navy SEAL who wrote the book about the Osama bin Laden raid was out of line:

Why did you decide to write the book?

This book gives me the opportunity to take all of my training and experiences and share them in a way that can save lives.

What is the Rule of Three?

The rule of three allows someone to make a decision in a high-stress environment by limiting their options to only three, then going with the one that makes the most sense given the situation.

Do you consider reading this book the equivalent of going through Navy SEAL training?

Only if you are reading it while getting blasted by frigid waves in the Pacific.

Let’s go through some of the scenarios in the book. How would you deal with an attack by an mountain lion?

Do what you can to avoid lions by traveling in groups and making noise. When face-to-face with a lion, make yourself as large as possible, throw rocks and back away slowly. If attacked, stay on your feet and fight back. Some lions have been known to stop the attack when their prey fights back.