“It is not the critic who counts, not the one who points out how the strong man stumbled or how the doer of deeds might have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred with sweat and dust and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes up short time and time again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself a worthy cause; who if he wins knows the triumph of high achievement; and who, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory or defeat.” – Theodore Roosevelt
I am sure most of you have read, or heard of, the article titled “Death of an American sniper” by Laura Miller. She is unintelligent and extremely biased, as revealed in her shameful article.
Lets take it from the top Laura.
Your first point is that Chris disliked politics and was too oblivious to realize that politics is part of war. Okay Laura, do you really think our uniformed service members do not realize that they are part of the “activities associated with the governance of a country”? (Definition of politics, by the way). Do you truly believe that our nation’s Warfighters do not understand that wars are politically motivated? No shit war and politics go hand in hand. Our nation voted on two joint resolutions to enter Afghanistan and Iraq. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that someone as daft as you, missed Chris Kyle’s point.
Our military dislikes politics because the final outcome rest solely on political backing, rather than with the troops on the ground. Let me break it down Barney style for you, Laura. Imagine playing football with the NFL and winning every game up until you reach the Superbowl. Then, at that final moment,when it looks like all you need to do is hold out your defense a little bit longer, your team owner says “Screw this, lets go home”. That, Laura, is why we hate politics.
So, here we are, 9/11 happens and what do you do? You decided to sit on your fat, incompetent ass and write hate articles about those who gave you the freedom to publish your filth in the first place. I swear, the easiest way to escape cowardice, is to be anti-war. Moving on.
“certainly there’s nothing in “American Sniper” to suggest that he ever thought very deeply about his service, or wanted to.”
You are right Laura, he must never really have cared about his service. I mean, he only wrote a New York Times Best-Selling memoir, served ten honorable years in the U.S. Navy, founded a successful private military company, and was a philanthropist; catering to the needs of veterans and their families. I mean, these things must have been only superficial. Our choices make us who we are, and in Chris’s case, his choices made him one of the most honorable men of our time; exemplifying the values of Honor, Courage, and Commitment.
Chris holds the title of being the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history, but if you asked him about his time in the service, he wouldn’t have told you that. He would’ve said “MY REGRETS ARE ABOUT THE PEOPLE I COULDN’T SAVE—Marines, soldiers, my buddies. I still feel their loss. I still ache for my failure to protect them.” Surely, that is the quality of a man that is “tragically misguided”. Laura, although you think it is “cruel and perverse to reproach soldiers for killing the enemy”, Chris was awarded for protecting his fellow service members. Do you think we were sent to war to protect the enemy? We were sent to kill them. At times, it is a rewarding experience. The sense that you did your duty, met your adversary and won. These enemy combatants are not trying to be our friends, they are trying to kill us, and at the end of the day it comes down to who will be going home. I don’t expect you to understand, as you may be well versed in Carl Von Clausewitz, you certainly have never heard of Lt. Col. Dave Grossman.
“Iraqis, too, might have been patriotically motivated to defend their own country against foreign invaders”. Yes, the Iraqis are patriotically motivated to defend their country against foreign invaders. Hence the Iraqi Army serving alongside our coalition to remove insurgents, who consisted largely of foreign fighters. You are convinced that there was no reason to enter Iraq and put all this blame on Chris, as if he was responsible for dictating where our forces were to go. The “Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002” passed the House and the Senate. Of those who voted for H.J.Res. 114, was Biden, Feinstein, Lieberman, and Clinton. You want to place blame? Blame your liberal God’s.
I know there are many of your points I am leaving out, mainly because most are far too ridiculous to even address. Your distaste for our service members is noted and as dishonorable as it may be, you have that privilege because of men like Chris. The irony, is that your article would never have been possible without the sacrifices made by Chris and his fellow service members.
–In the end, you and the rest of America, simply can’t handle the truth. We live in a world that has walls, and those walls have to be guarded by men with guns. Who’s gonna do it? You? We have a greater responsibility than you could possibly fathom. You weep for our fallen enemies, and you curse our nation’s Warfighters. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what we know. Our existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives. You don’t want the truth because deep down in places you don’t talk about at parties, you want us on that wall, you need us on that wall. We use words like honor, code, loyalty. We use these words as the backbone of a life spent defending something. You use them as a punchline. We have neither the time nor the inclination to explain ourselves to a person who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom that we provide, and then questions the manner in which we provide it. We would rather you just said thank you, and went on your way, Otherwise, we suggest you pick up a weapon, and stand a post. Either way, we don’t give a damn what you think you are entitled to.–