Why The Left Hates “American Sniper”

 

American_Sniper_posterFrom the current issue of the Weekly Standard, Mark Hemingway:

[T]he film portrays Kyle as a proud southern, rural, religious, patriotic jock and gun enthusiast who was much more anguished about the people he was unable to save in Iraq than about the 160 confirmed sniper kills that the Navy credits him with. All of these traits are anathema to the left, though nearly all of the great soldiers in American history possessed one or more of them. Leftists simply can’t digest the fact that their own safety is predicated on the willingness to fight of courageous men they openly disdain.

Their own safety, predicated on the willingness to fight of courageous men they openly disdain.

That really is just exactly right, isn’t it?

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  1. Kozak Member
    Kozak
    @Kozak

    God grant us many more heroes exactly like him.

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  2. user_836033 Member
    user_836033
    @WBob

    That sums it up.  It creates a painful cognitive dissonance within them which leads to neurosis.

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  3. Paul A. Rahe Contributor
    Paul A. Rahe
    @PaulARahe

    What is especially worrisome about this is the fact that mainstream liberals do not hammer the Michael Moores of the world for what they are doing.

    The country needs defending. We need men like Mr. Kyle, and we ought to honor them. A lot of marines owe their lives to such men, and we owe our safety to them.

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  4. Nick Stuart Inactive
    Nick Stuart
    @NickStuart

    Soon the Left will be calling on men (yes, men unless physical standards for combat MOS are dropped to allow women in, just like physical standards for firefighters have been dropped in many places for the same reason*) to go back into the Mideast and elsewhere again. This after defecation on our military by the Left more or less continuously for decades.

    This antipathy of the Left to the military, and Leftists and many Libertarians to the idea of the US as the world’s policeman, is a major factor bringing me to the conclusion that we really do need to stay home.

    The Left, many Libertarians, and by and large the US populace as a whole are simply unwilling to, in the words of Abraham Lincoln, “face the bloody arithmetic.” Islamic Terror is going to be a threat until the Islamic Terrorists are dead, and any infrastructure that supports them destroyed.

    We send people like Chris Kyle** to places like Iraq and Afghanistan, then after the rush of “do something” fervor (like we saw after 9/11/2001) abates, we leave them twisting in the wind when popular support wanes. We throw away the sacrifice of their blood (and our treasure) for a campaign/legacy talking point.

    Until we’re ready to persevere, we should just stay home. Of course that will be disastrous in the long run, but since we’re apparently committed to disaster anyway (which I suspect may take the form of an Iranian nuke set off over the Eastern seaboard frying most of that half of the country’s electronics and electric power supply), as Hillary Clinton would say “What difference, at this point, does it make?”

    *My #2 daughter served in the Army Signal Corps for 4 years. I’m not at all opposed to women serving in the military. She agrees with me that women in combat MOS is a terrible idea.

    **All three of my sons served in the military, one of them in Iraq and Afghanistan. Another is currently on our fool’s errand in Liberia.

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  5. Ricochet Moderator
    Ricochet
    @DougWatt

    I’m reminded of Robert McNamara’s admission that there was no plan to win the Vietnam War. He certainly felt remorse for sending men to their deaths for no purpose, unfortunately his remorse came decades too late.

    Mr. Kyle went to war and used his skills to save as many of his comrades-in-arms as possible. Between these two men I have a pretty good idea who the honorable man was. I would suggest that between the two men Mr. Kyle possessed a greater understanding of the moral dilemma that war proposes.

    I would also suggest that I would be far better off in combat with Mr. Kyle than with Michael Moore and Seth Rogen.

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  6. EJHill Podcaster
    EJHill
    @EJHill

    And it has always been thus.

    The Screen Writers Guild was dominated by Communists from the get-go. Most of its members struggled ideologically between the beginning of hostilities in the European Theater during WWII until the launch of Operation Barbarossa in June of 1941. With the Soviets officially on the Allied side they were free to be open about their loyalties, not to America, but to the communist cause.

    Donald Ogden Stewart, who won an Oscar for his adaptation of The Philadelphia Story, sobbed like a baby after hearing the news of Hitler’s invasion of the USSR because he felt liberated from the Russian participation in the blitzkrieg against Poland and their subsequent invasion of Finland.

    After the war came the blacklists which Hollywood now romanticizes. If the original heads of the studios were patriotic Jews that lived the American dream, subsequent generations of studio heads have turned those notions on its head.

    Starting in the 1960’s it became easier to turn against the more traditional idea of patriotism. When John Wayne made The Green Berets in 1968 the reviews were savage. Roger Ebert called it “a virus.” The New York Times said it was “so unspeakable, so stupid, so rotten and false in every detail that it passes through being fun…”

    Now that we are in the era of “Fundamental Transformation” why would anyone believe Hollywood would act differently? Are our memories so short that we forget how much Kathryn Bigelow was attacked for Zero Dark Thirty because she didn’t kiss Obama’s rear enough or didn’t spew the proper amount of vitriol at George W. Bush?

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  7. Ricochet Inactive
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    @ArmonVincent

    Sniper Barack Obama:

    Weapon of Choice: Combat Drone equipped with hellfire missiles operated by remote terminal utilizing powerful cameras, radar and guidance systems.

    Confirmed kills: over 3,500 “Suspected” terrorists.

    Collateral damage: 187 confirmed children killed and an estimated 1,200 innocent civilians killed with many thousands of others injured.

    = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = =

    Sniper Chris Kyle:

    Weapon of Choice:

    Mk 12 equipped with a 3.5–10×40 mm scope

    Confirmed kills: 160 enemy combatants   Collateral damage: 0

    Let the dems chew on that for awhile before besmirching an American hero.

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  8. user_75648 Thatcher
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    @JohnHendrix

    Peter Robinson:Their own safety, predicated on the willingness to fight of courageous men they openly disdain.

    That really is just exactly right, isn’t it?

    I don’t believe that is fully accurate.  It doesn’t appear to me that the Left objects to Kyle defending them; they object to Kyle fighting to advance America’s interests.

    Put another way, the Left is not on America’s side in any fight.

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  9. JimGoneWild Coolidge
    JimGoneWild
    @JimGoneWild

    Peter Robinson:Their own safety, predicated on the willingness to fight of courageous men they openly disdain.

    That really is just exactly right, isn’t it?

    If this was WWII veteran sniper movie, would they act the same? That was the “good” war. If Clinton or Gore (as in President Gore) had got us into Iraq or Afghanistan, the Left would have deemed it, “a good war”, and the movie would have been praised by the left.

    I think this true for some on the left. Others just can’t stand anything good or positive coming out of a G.W.Bush war. Some on the left are just hell-bound on destroying anything created or produced by anything not of the Left.

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  10. user_615140 Inactive
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    @StephenHall

    “Those who ‘abjure’ violence can do so only because others are committing violence on their behalf.”

    – George Orwell, “Notes on Nationalism”.

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  11. Peter Robinson Contributor
    Peter Robinson
    @PeterRobinson

    Paul A. Rahe:We need men like Mr. Kyle, and we ought to honor them. A lot of marines owe their lives to such men, and we owe our safety to them.

    Exactly, Paul.  And as if you and I needed yet another reason to pronounce Texas the greatest state in the union, the new governor, Greg Abbott, has declared today, Feb. 2, “Chris Kyle Day.”

    Come to think of it, I’ll put up a post on that remarkable fact.

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  12. user_82762 Inactive
    user_82762
    @JamesGawron

    Peter,

    We have been experiencing this particular syndrome for a very long time. I call it magic pacifism. It is one thing to somberly recognize the disaster that war is and try our best to avoid it. On the other hand, only a child or a child like mentality could imagine that the world in which we have lived and are still living is one that will allow us to remain above all conflict. The only cure for the sufferers of this strange disease is to suggest a thought experiment.

    “Assume tomorrow morning that the police and army suddenly disappear from the from the face of the earth. What would you expect would happen?”

    Those that grudgingly admit that it wouldn’t be good (after a long stream of qualifications) are still of this world. Those who would imagine that life would be vastly improved need serious mental help immediately.

    Regards,

    Jim

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  13. user_124695 Inactive
    user_124695
    @DavidWilliamson

    I think it’s a little more complicated than that – the Left believe that America is not under attack. Even if it is, we are not worth defending, and it’s all our fault, anyway.

    They are sheep who don’t see the wolves and don’t appreciate the sheepdogs.

    Mr D’Souza understands – I believe he made a coupla films about it.

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  14. FloppyDisk90 Member
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    @FloppyDisk90

    With all due respect to Peter and Mark H, this is a typical conservative trope that gets rolled out periodically.  It conveniently ignores the vast quantity of liberals who have put their lives on the line and/or served honorable military careers.  JFK, Wesley Clark, Max Cleland, Jim Webb, George McGovern, Jimmy Carter all spring to mind and I know there are many others.

    Conservatives rightly take umbrage to the Left’s caricatures of them so they would do well not to return the insult.

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  15. EJHill Podcaster
    EJHill
    @EJHill

    FloppyDisk90: Conservatives rightly take umbrage to the Left’s caricatures of them so they would do well not to return the insult.

    At one time you were safe in making that statement. The draft pulled in heavily from all ideologies. Of the people you named off the top of your head the youngest is 68.

    Here are the numbers:

    Poll

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  16. FloppyDisk90 Member
    FloppyDisk90
    @FloppyDisk90

    EJHill:

    FloppyDisk90: Conservatives rightly take umbrage to the Left’s caricatures of them so they would do well not to return the insult.

    At one time you were safe in making that statement. The draft pulled in heavily from all ideologies. Of the people you named off the top of your head the youngest is 68.

    Here are the numbers:

    Poll

    My point stands:  there were and continue to be vast quantities of self identified liberals who have put their lives at risk in the military and if conservatives don’t want Bush Jr characterized as a draft dodging mouth breather then perhaps they should moderate their rhetoric when it comes to portraying all their liberal brethren as pacifistic “sheep.”

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  17. FloppyDisk90 Member
    FloppyDisk90
    @FloppyDisk90

    EJHill:

    FloppyDisk90: Conservatives rightly take umbrage to the Left’s caricatures of them so they would do well not to return the insult.

    At one time you were safe in making that statement. The draft pulled in heavily from all ideologies. Of the people you named off the top of your head the youngest is 68.

    I know you don’t agree with these folks (and I mostly don’t either) but under 68 veterans have a substantial representation.

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  18. EJHill Podcaster
    EJHill
    @EJHill

    When that “substantial” representation stops rolling over for the anti-military leadership of their party then they will be worthy of respect.

    I don’t ask the politics of my son’s brethren. But if you come home and get elected to just to kowtow to Pelosi and Reid….

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  19. AIG Inactive
    AIG
    @AIG

    I don’t recall the movie as showing him as religious.

    Either way, the hype around the movie seems overblown. It was pretty much a cookie cutter war movie.

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  20. user_1100855 Member
    user_1100855
    @PaddySiochain

    [T]he film portrays Kyle as a proud southern, rural, religious, patriotic jock and gun enthusiast who was much more anguished about the people he was unable to save in Iraq than about the 160 confirmed sniper kills that the Navy credits him with. All of these traits are anathema to the left, though nearly all of the great soldiers in American history possessed one or more of them. Leftists simply can’t digest the fact that their own safety is predicated on the willingness to fight of courageous men they openly disdain.

    Didnt  I say something similiar last week on Ricochet Peter.

    Thanks for the compliments on it by the way. Oh and my name in english is Paddy Sheehan, not far off with Sullivan name by the way.

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