Sunday, January 25, 2015

American Sniper - Much More Than A Movie


Yesterday afternoon, my wife and I went to see the movie American Sniper.

The reaction of the audience was hush at the end of the film. It was something I had only experienced once before, but that other time is neither here nor there.

The film American Sniper is based on Chris Kyle's autobiography. And yes, it is a great movie.

Chris Kyle is portrayed by Bradley Cooper, his wife Taya Kyle is portrayed by Sienna Miller, and the film is directed by Clint Eastwood. Both actors were wonderful in their parts, and Clint Eastwood has outdone himself this time.

For his portrayal of U.S.Navy SEAL Chief Petty Officer Chris Kyle, Bradley Cooper has been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor. The acting job the Bradley Cooper does in this film is absolutely superb. He grabs on to the role of Chris Kyle and makes the audience believe it.

Yes, I wish the very beautiful and extremely talented  actress Sienna Miller would get be nominated for an award. Her depiction of the military wife worried to death about her husband overseas and what he turned into as a result of his experiences is perfectly played. 

It is a riveting movie. And yes, besides it being a great movie, it is more than that. The hush at the end of the movie was that of respect during a memorial service for a fallen hero. 

Yes, the end of the movie brought me to tears because I felt it a fitting memorial to Chris Kyle and those other SEALS lost overseas.

I don't like going to the movies these days, simply because I like supporting Hollywood which I see as being very anti-American. And no, I'm not unjustified in my lack of respect of Hollywood. 

Lately, Hollywood icon film maker Micheal Moore just came out and tweeted: "My uncle killed by sniper in WW2. We were taught snipers were cowards. Will shoot u in the back. Snipers aren't heroes. And invaders r worse."
  
Another big mouth, ultra-Liberal anti-American, Bill Maher who has his own show on HBO, one reason why I don't subscribe to HBO, came out to criticized the movie American Sniper and deceased Navy Seal Chris Kyle.

Bill Maher called Chris Kyle a "psychopath patriot."

Some guy who claims to be a comedian by the name of Seth Rogen, yes I had to look him up as well. He came out to say in a tweet: "American Sniper kind of reminds me of the movie that's showing in the third act of Inglorious Basterds."

Rogen was referring to the fake film that showed up in Quentin Tarantino's film Inglourious Basterds, about a German sniper killing Allied soldiers from a clock tower. 

Yes, Rogen was essentially comparing Clint Eastwood's film American Sniper to Nazi propaganda..

Bill Maher has never found anything admirable in our troops, so his asinine remarks don't surprise me. Seth Rogen is a fool to pander to the Left and try to get in their good graces.

Seth Rogan would be better off thinking for himself. And yes, since Seth Rogan, like anti-American actor Jim Carey, is also from Canada, one would hope that he would have more respect for American Troops by not opening his mouth and showing people that he is just a damned fool.

As for Micheal Moore? While that jackass, that self-absorbed ingrate, can call Chris Kyle a coward, and I guess that he has the ability to do so in America, his words just point to his being a sorry excuse for a man.

And as for him calling U.S. Navy SEAL Chief Petty Officer Chris Kyle a "coward"? Well, I'll refer to Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer who took Michael Moore to task over his Kyle comments.

Coming to the defense of Chris Kyle, Marine Sgt. Dakota Meyers said, "I’m sure that his grandfather, who died serving this country, is rolling over in his grave knowing that his grandson is using him to justify him calling U.S. servicemen cowards. I’d be willing to bet that at some point during his grandfather’s service, he was watched over by U.S. snipers, and probably had his life saved more than once by U.S. snipers during the war.

I served as a Marine sniper for three years, and I believe the film American Sniper depicted what we do perfectly. A sniper’s primary goal is to eliminate ground threats for U.S. guys on the ground. Is that what a coward is? A person whose goal is to save the lives of his warrior brothers?

No, cowards are people who didn’t have the guts to serve, and are happy to sit back in a free and protected country and call our service members cowards. I find it funny that this Moore guy would only say this after Chris Kyle was killed. I’d have loved to see him say that to Chris’s face."

The Medal of Honor recipient, Marine Sgt. Meyer went on to suggest Americans boycott “this idiot’s films,” saying he’d never seen one.


Christopher Scott "Chris" Kyle was born April 8th, 1974, and was killed on February 2, 2013.

He was a Chief Petty Officer in the United States Navy, and a SEAL. Chief Kyle is the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history, as he accumulated 160 confirmed kills out of 255 probable kills. Most believe the accurate number is 255.

These numbers are based on individual shooter logs, filled out at the end of a mission, and reported to higher command.

Chief Kyle stated that he did not know his official "kill record", and only counted the lives he felt he could have saved. U.S. Special Operations Command treats "sniper kill counts" as "unofficial". Confirmed kills must have a witness.

He served four tours in the Iraq War. During his tours, he received two Silver Star Medals, five Bronze Star Medals, one Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals. And yes, since he was wounded twice and involved in six IED attacks, he received two Purple Hearts.

US Navy SEALs insignia.pngIraqi insurgents dubbed him the "Devil of Ramadi" and placed a series of ever increasing bounties on his head, purported to have eventually reached the low six figures. He became known by the moniker "Legend" among others in the Navy and Marine Corps whom he was tasked to protect.

This title initially originated in jest among fellow SEALs following his taking of a sabbatical to train other snipers in Fallujah.

Chief Kyle received an Honorable Discharge from the U.S. Navy in 2009. Then after moving to Midlothian, Texas, with his wife, Taya, and two children, he became president of Craft International, a tactical training company for the US military and law enforcement communities.

American Sniper

In 2012, HarperCollins released Chris Kyle's autobiographical book American Sniper.

Though it is said he had initially hesitated to write the book, he was persuaded to move forward because other books about SEALs were underway. His friend Marcus Lutrell had already published books on SEAL Team 10

In his book, Chris Kyle wrote bluntly and honestly about his experiences. In the book and in interviews following, Chris Kyle stated he had no regrets about his work as a sniper, saying, "I had to do it to protect the Marines."

American Sniper had a 37-week run on The New York Times bestseller list, and brought Chris Kyle national acclaim. 

As a civilian, Chris Kyle also paired with FITCO Cares Foundation, a non-profit organization which created the Heroes Project.

The Heroes Project provides free in-home fitness equipment, individualized programs, personal training, and life-coaching to in-need veterans with disabilities, Gold Star families, or those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. 

And yes, I remember watching him in 2012 when Chris Kyle appeared on the reality television show Stars Earn Stripes. 

It was a show which featured celebrities pairing up with a special operations or law enforcement professional who train them in weapons and combat tactics. 

Chris Kyle was teamed with actor Dean Cain, who recently stepped forward to defend his friend against the likes of Seth Rogan and Micheal Moore. 

Dean Cain says, Chris Kyle "was a very, very modest guy. He was self-deprecating."

When asked about his distinction as the most lethal sniper in American history, "[Chris] just would say, 'I'm not that good. There are guys in my own unit that are better shots than me. I just happened to be in the right spot."

As for Chris Kyle's combat experience, Dean Cain says, "There wasn't any glory in killing people for him. He said it was about all the guys he couldn't save."

Dean Cain has slammed Michael Moore and Seth Rogen on Twitter for their critical comments of American Sniper and those who defend our country.

"Disparage #ChrisKyle to my face. We'll see who is a coward," he Tweeted to Moore. "Seth...I like your films, but right now, I wanna kick your ass," he wrote to Rogen.

"My first reaction was anger and you know, maybe I could have been more eloquent," Dean Cain says now, "But it felt like it deserved that kind of response. I stand by what I said."

While I admire Dean Cain, I have absolutely no admiration for the likes of former wrestler turned Miinesota Governor Jessie Ventura.


In interviews with Bill O'Reilly in January 2012, Chris Kyle claimed to have punched out former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura at a bar in Coronado, California, in 2006. The incident took place during a wake for Mike Monsoor, a U.S. Navy SEAL and Medal of Honor recipient who was killed in Iraq.

Chris Kyle did not identify Ventura by name in the book, but said that he swung at the individual after he "started running his mouth about the war and everything and anything he could connect to it." 

That included President George W. Bush and deployed SEALs, who “were doing the wrong thing, killing men and women and children and murdering," the man said, according to Chris Kyle’s book. 

While witnesses have come forward saying the incident did happen, Ventura said the whole episode was fabricated.

Chris Kyle alleged that he tried to get the man to keep it down, and he responded by saying the SEALs in the bar “deserve to lose a few.” The man eventually took a swing at him, and all hell broke loose.

"Being level-headed and calm can last only so long," Chris Kyle said in his book. "I laid him out. Tables flew. Stuff happened. Scruff Face ended up on the floor."

The story former Navy Chief Chris Kyle told parallels an incident in his book which does not mention Ventura by name, but claims a character named "Scruff Face" said that the "SEALs deserved to lose a few guys."

Yes, it's no wonder Chris Kyle decked him! It sounds like Ventura asked for it. 

Ventura, who is supposedly a former Navy SEAL is said to have been in the bar that night. He filed a lawsuit against Chris Kyle for defamation in January of 2012. 

To tell us all what Ventura is made of, after Chris Kyle was killed, the following month Jessie Ventura continued his lawsuit against Chris Kyle's widow Taya Kyle and their young children. Yes, he sued Chief Kyle's widow and their young children.

Believe it or not, a jury awarded Jessie Ventura a staggering sum of $1.8 Million in July 2014.

It's true, while it might not have taken place in Texas, a jury in Minnesota awarded $1.845 Million in damages to their former governor, Jesse Ventura, deciding that he was "defamed" by the late Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle who said he punched Ventura out in a bar in 2006 after the former Minnesota governor said that our SEALs "deserved to lose a few" in war.

Taya Kyle is right now appealing that judgement on behalf of her children. 

For me, my opinion of a man who goes after a widow and her children? Well, if Ventura wins again and gets his money -- I hope he chokes on it! 

On February 2nd, 2013, Chris Kyle along with friend Chad Littlefield were shot and killed at a shooting range near Chalk Mountain, Texas,  The man accused of killing them is a former Marine Iraq War veteran who is right now awaiting trial for a double murder.

Yes, just as Ventura has proven that not all Navy SEALs are good people, the man who killed Chris Kyle has proven that even the Marine Corps can't fix a bad egg.

The film adaptation of Chris Kyle's autobiography, directed by Clint Eastwood, was released in December 2014. This film has been nominated for Best Picture. 

To say it is a a big hit is an understatement. Yes, Americans are rushing to see it

And frankly, I hope every American sees this movie. Since it is so well done, so realistic, maybe those who see it will have a better appreciation for what our Navy and Marine Corps goes through on their behalf.

A poll taken every year since World War II, has had the U.S. Navy listed in last place when it comes to important branches of our armed forces. I believe those being polled simply do not realize who is the first called, the first sent into harm's way, and the first there to defend our us and our interests..

The Navy and the Marine Corps team has served America for over 200 years, all the while with gallant responsible men like Navy SEAL Chief Petty Officer Chris Kyle doing their job.

Yes, this was more than a movie. It was a fitting tribute, a fitting memorial, a wonderful story about an American who loved America and his family.

For me, as a former Marine, I  truly appreciate the fact that Chris Kyle did what he did, as he said, "I had to do it to protect the Marines."

Semper Fi Chief!

May God Bless this good man and the Kyle family.

Tom Correa

A True American Hero







   

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