American Sniper Movie Review

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The American Sniper movie review

Note: If you read this review I assume you do not mind having the movie 'spoiled' for you.

The  following 'review' is not meant to judge individual soldiers who have  or are serving in the US military.  As for myself, I would not consider  serving in the current military as I feel it is improperly used for  nefarious purposes by sinister forces  that do not have the well being  of our country in mind.

Let each man/woman give an account to God for motivations of their heart and soul.    "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."

Yesterday  (Jan. 19, 2015) my son and I saw the movie American Sniper.  I have  reflected on the movie’s message overnight and have arrived at the  following critical review.  I look for the message(s) as well as the  affect that the visual and emotional aspects of the movie convey.

Though ‘the sniper’  did break down in the end from all the pressures of war he did not  break down because of his internal doubts about the morality of the war  or his killing of women and children to defend his own soldiers.  No  remorse was shown by ‘the sniper’ over the Iraqi father and child who  cooperated and spied for the US who were killed by the ‘insurgents’ (boy  killed with an electric drill) either that I can recall.  Kyle only  broke down due to the stress of 4 back to back deployments according to  the movie script.  If you read between the lines, ‘the sniper’ was sad  about killing women and children but justified for every shot he fired  as he stated!  The sniper said he would give an account for every bullet  he fired before God. 

The sniper in the movie failed to question the morality of the war and the presence of US troops in Iraq.  How would Kyle view  Iraqi troops walking down American streets in similar fashion?  Would  ‘the sniper’ then be justified before God to shoot foreign troops in  American cities in the same fashion as the Iraqi movie sniper did in  Iraq?  Would US citizens then view Iraqi peace keepers on our streets  looking for weapons of mass destruction and bombing us back into the  stone-age as being on moral high ground?  Would American women and  children attempting to fight foreign troops on US soil as invaders be  justified by every American citizen including women and children viewing  this movie?  Remember in the movie The Patriot  how the young boys shot British soldiers?  Nobody questioned that as  far as I know nor would they question young boys firing on foreign  troops in America under similar circumstances today.

The  morality and justification for the war in Iraq was never really fleshed  out and the movie was primarily a tribute to the dedication and  sacrifice of American soldiers.  I have no doubt that many US soldiers  who fought and were injured or killed in that war did so for selfless  reasons like defending their country or just doing good in Iraq to face  off against evil forces.  I cannot judge the reasons of each person  fighting there but I can judge the morality of the war itself as I see  it with historical perspective no longer skewed by the emotional times  and peer pressure of the post 9/11 event.  No weapons of mass destruction were ever found in Iraq by the US and this was the prime reason for invasion  in the first place.  The secondary reason was that the 9/11 hijackers  were at least backed by the Hussein regime which was subsequently  overthrown by the US with Saddam Hussein being executed (2006) much like Muammar Qaddafi of Libya (2011).  Both Hussein and Qaddafi were former CIA assets and allies of the US government!

Remember  after the widely unpopular Vietnam War, soldiers were not appreciated  for their service after the war had ended or during the war while they  were stateside in uniform.  The movie Apocalypse Now  cast a dismal light on the whole Vietnam War.  I see this movie as a  possible preemptive attempt to stop anti-Iraq War type movies that might  be made in the future casting US involvement in a negative light.  Many  movies were made about Vietnam which didn’t glorify the US war in  that country.  Movies like Platoon and Full Metal Jacket among them  showed the seedy side of US troops and the insanity of that war  including wide spread use of marijuana and other drugs by US troops  fighting in that war.

Look at Afghanistan where US puppet Hamid Karzai who once supported the US but spoke out against the US in later years.

I  liked the movie American Sniper in several ways in spite of not really  liking the main message of the movie.  I thought the acting and  cinematography were great.  I appreciated the tough situations that  American soldiers, their families and Iraqi people were in (and still  are) during that war which really hasn't ended.  Everyone leaving the  theater when I saw this move left in silence as they walked out at the  end of the movie.  The real footage of Kyle's funeral no doubt  contributed to the atmosphere of the post movie.

I  have to question director Eastwood's true motivation for making the  movie in light of the message it conveyed regarding the lack of  questioning the efficacy of the war to begin with.

I  try to put American Sniper in the perspective of the colonial war with  Great Britain in which a small percentage of the colonial population  actually fought in that war while many who didn’t fight were sympathetic  to the British!  A very similar comparison in my opinion can be made!   How do we feel about that war?  How would I view a movie about British  snipers shooting American citizens in the war for Independence?  Will  American Sniper play well in Iraq I wonder?

The following was added  later:

Jesse Ventura (former Navy SEAL) wins defamation lawsuit against Chris Kyle and awarded $1.8 million!

Jesse Ventura speaks out against American Sniper!

Jesse Ventura gains backing of former Navy SEALS.

US Marine questions Chris Kyle murder narrative.

Chris Kyle referred to Iraqi 'insurgents' as sub-human savages and cowards.

Chris Kyle was emerging as prominent gun control critic prior to his murder.

"The  book is not a true story," the Navy veteran and former pro wrestler,  63, said on his podcast We the People with Jesse Ventura. "The book had  fabrication and fiction written into it." People Magazine

Five things Chris Kyle allegedly lied about.

15 of the 9/11 hijackers were from Saudi Arabia! Inside the 9/11 coverup. FBI implicates Saudi government.  Knowing the preceding, why did the US not invade Saudi Arabia instead of Iraq?

Quote from early in the movie:

“There  are three types of people in this world: sheep, wolves, and sheepdogs,”  the father intones gravely. “Some people prefer to believe that evil  doesn’t exist in the world, and if it ever darkened their doorstep, they  wouldn’t know how to protect themselves. Those are the sheep.”
“Then  you’ve got predators, who use violence to prey on the weak. They’re the  wolves. And then there are those blessed with the gift of aggression,  an overpowering need to protect the flock. These men are the rare breed  who live to confront the wolf. They are the sheepdog.”

Later  in the movie while the sniper was in Iraq he makes the statement to a  fellow soldier "Is there any doubt there is true evil here?"  The  possibility that 'the sniper' and his fellow soldiers have become wolves  thinking they are sheep dogs is not addressed in the movie script.  How  would one know if they are a wolf or a sheep dog?     There is no doubt that pure evil exists in Iraq and that soldiers like  the sniper experienced that evil as did the innocent Iraqi people.  The  assumption by director Eastwood that the US soldiers in Iraq were not  unwitting assistants of evil is not given any consideration except in a  very superficial way and discredited by the movie script.

The following video is an in depth review by InfoWars.com  analyzing the American Sniper movie.  I purposefully did not read any  reviews prior to doing my own review presented above.  It is interesting  to say the least.


 

I recommend that anyone contemplating serving in the US military read War Is A Racket (online  and free) by former  Marine Major General Smedley Butler!    It is a  short book that can easily be read in one evening if not less.  Though  it was written in 1935, it maintains its relevance as nothing has  changed  regarding the topic of war benefiting the military industrial  complex.  To quote Butler "War is a racket.  To hell with war."     Butler describes in his book/pamphlet how corporations run the wars for  their own profits while people pay for all the losses of war!  People  are easily swayed by emotional appeals like 'doing your patriotic duty'  especially after events like 9/11 influenced men like Chris Kyle to   fight in Iraq to defend the country.  Coupling peer pressure, societal  pressure  and the herd mentality with the 'patriotic duty' appeal it  becomes a potent and persuasive device to motivate impressionable young  men to fight for their 'homeland'.  The Smedley Butler Society.

Napoleon Bonaparte said "  I have made the most wonderful discovery, I have discovered men will  risk their lives, even die, for ribbons!" How far will you go for  awards, ribbons, prizes, medals?

The Mysterious death of Pat Tillman

Army Ranger Pat  Tillman's death in Afghanistan in 2004 raises serious questions about  the truthfulness of high ranking military and government 'officials'  about the conduct of the war on terrorism.  Tillman gave up a  lucrative career in professional football with the Arizona Cardinals  football team to fight the 'enemy' after 9/11 just like Chris Kyle.   Another one of many motivated by patriotism to serve their  country.

The  Pat Tillman case is similar yet quite  different from the Kyle case.   Both volunteered, both fought honorably, both were brave, both were  killed by their fellow soldiers, both deaths were used by the military  and government for propaganda intentions, both men were killed after  making statements that were critical of top government policies(Kyle on  gun control and Tillman about the war itself).  What makes Tillman's case so different is that the story changed several times as to what happened.  The Army first stated that Tillman was killed by Afghan 'rebels' and later changed its story to his being killed by friendly fire!   Some interesting parts of the story include: a soldier next to Tillman  before he was shot stated that Tillman stood up repeatedly shouting his  own name and that the other soldiers needed to stop shooting at him from  first 100 yards and finally 40 yards away in daylight.  Tillman died of  3 shots to the forehead(execution style?);  Tillman's  uniform and body armor were burned thus destroying valuable evidence;   several soldiers present changed their stories over time; heavily  redacted evidence was provided to the Tillman family;  Tillman was  highly critical of the Bush administration conduct of the war;  Tillman  was reading anti-war books while serving and sharing those books with  other soldiers.  It should be obvious to anyone having any experience  with the military regarding questionable injuries to soldiers that the  military will protect its reputation at all costs and is always looking  for opportunities to use events to recruit new cannon fodder for their  grist mill of war.  Watch the Pat Tillman Story documentary here.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rXPrfnU3G0

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PBS Documentary on Uranium 2015

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Finally, I watched a PBS documentary that I could almost completely  agree with.  On July 27th & 28th of 2015 PBS aired two documentaries  on the atom bomb and uranium.  I am no fan of PBS as I don't agree with  tax payer funding for PBS propaganda like they present on global  warming, etc.  Both documentaries were well done and even the NY Times agrees that The Bomb is  better than the one at the Smithsonian Institute!  The second  documentary was on uranium and provided a good historical explanation of  the discovery and use of uranium and is called Uranium - Twisting The Dragon's Tail.  Both of these can be watched free online at the links presented on this page.  I suggest watching The Bomb first.

What was the most interesting part of The Bomb to  me was the 'factual' information about the positive portrayal of the  use of the atom bomb during WW2 and the historical positive spin that  radioactivity used to get before the Cold War days of the 1960's when  everything radioactive was portrayed as bad for human health.  Prior to  that, radioactivity had many positive uses in science and medicine and  the government presented them as such to the public.  Well done PBS!

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