With the widow of famed ‘American Sniper’ Chris Kyle publicly chastising NFL players for kneeling during the National Anthem in a lengthy Facebook post, there’s no better opportunity to revisit exactly what the legacy she spends day and night trying to build up and preserve truly represents. In her viral “open letter to the NFL” Taya Kyle speaks about how important it is to “not only recognize our differences but celebrate them”, and she laments that it was once the NFL’s prerogative to have an organization with values “based on skills, talent and a joint vision without regards to color and religion” and how that is no longer the case. The NFL, through the actions of its players and some team owners kneeling during the National Anthem in response to comments by Donald Trump, is now a symbol of divisiveness in her view, whereas she is “building bridges” by “funding the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation.” So did this Chris Kyle whose legacy she believes so strongly in preserving subscribe to the philosophy of “celebrating our differences” and appreciating each other “without regards to color and religion”? Let’s take a look at what he said in his best-selling autobiography, American Sniper: the autobiography of the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history.
- After shooting and killing the first of what he claimed was more than 255 Iraqis – a woman he claimed carried both a child and an explosive (a claim one should take with a grain of salt) – he remarked casually that “my shots saved several Americans, whose lives were clearly worth more than that woman’s twisted soul.”
- The way he felt about this woman was the same way he felt about all Iraqis, whose country he was brutally invading and occupying. “I’m not over there looking at these people as people… wondering if he has a family. I’m just trying to keep my guys safe. Every time I kill someone, he can’t plant an IED. You don’t think twice about it.” And think twice about it he never did. When asked by TIME magazine if he regretted any of the hundreds of murders he’d committed, his cold response was, “No, not at all.” “Every person I killed,” he assured, “I strongly believe that they were bad.”
- Like the European colonialists before him, he claimed his devout Christianity played a significant role in the success of his murderous mission. “For the most part,” he declared, “the [American] public is very soft, you live in a dream world. You have no idea of what goes on the other side of the world, the harsh realities of what these people are doing to themselves and then to our guys. There are certain things that need to be done to take care of them.”
- Once, when he struck a man down from an incredible distance of 2,100 yards, he said he could feel the hand of God guiding the bullet to the man’s body. Because of this certitude, he reasoned that God’s good graces would be upon him. “When I do face God there is going to be lots of things I will have to account for, but killing any of those people isn’t one of them.”
- To demonstrate his ideological devotion to Christianity, he had what is called a “Jerusalem cross” tattooed very large and in red on his arm before embarking on one of his 4-5 missions to Iraq. In Kyle’s own words,
“I wanted everyone to know I was a Christian. I had it put in red, for blood. I hated the damn savages I’d been fighting… I couldn’t give a flying fuck about the Iraqis.”
“Savages.” This word appears over and over again throughout Chris’s memoirs. “Savage, despicable evil. That’s what we were fighting in Iraq.” So much for “celebrating our differences… without regard to color or religion” as Taya Kyle would say.
- In 2004, immediately upon entering the residential area, the U.S. Marines “evicted 250 people from an apartment complex on the edge of Fallujah” who had nowhere else to go. It was there that “Kyle set up his sniper nest in one of the top apartments to target insurgents from above.” And what did Mr. decorated American Navy SEAL think about the homes of the people he and his team had just dispossessed?
“To me, the home I was in was just another part of the battlefield. The apartments and everything in them were just things to be used to accomplish our goal – clearing the city…
[Kyle recalls] ramaging through the complex to see if I could find any cool shit – money, guns, explosives. The only thing I found worth acquisitioning was a handheld Tiger Woods game.”
In other words he was an admitted looter, despite previously bragging to friends that he shot “looters” from atop the New Orleans Superdome during Hurricane Katrina, a tale which he was never able to verify of course.
- As far as the Rules of Engagement were concerned, Kyle summed them up this way:
“If you see anyone from about sixteen to sixty-five and they’re male, shoot ’em. That wasn’t the official language, but that was the idea.”
Eye-witness accounts seem to verify this assertion. Residents of Fallujah reported incidents where innocent civilians were sniped out by the dozens as they tried fleeing the city during several “cease-fires” the U.S. had agreed to. Others reported how emergency ambulances and aid workers trying to get food and other assistance to residents were fired on as well. According to one villager,
“The American snipers don’t make any distinctions between civilians or fighters, anything that moves, he shoots immediately… They are killing lots of civilians who are not fighters.”
- When asked before his death if he had any regrets about killing all the people he killed, he responded coolly,
“I only wish I had killed more. Not for bragging rights, but because I believe the world is a better place without savages out there taking American lives.”
In the end, however, it wasn’t one of these supposed “savages” who took the life of Chris Kyle. It was another American soldier.
To read more about the murderous endeavors of Chris Kyle, please read my 2 posts on UShypocrisy.com
- Celebrated ‘American Sniper’ Chris Kyle is the Quintessential American, and that’s a Problem
- What of Those Sniped Down By ‘America’s Most Lethal Sniper?”
originally posted on Daily Kos
An excellent article, now linked here https://mpbondblog.wordpress.com/2015/01/23/american-sniper-patriot-porn/
Excellent article. linked here : https://mpbondblog.wordpress.com/2015/01/23/american-sniper-patriot-porn/
Thank you so much. That’s a great way to describe it! “Patriot porn”
Thanks for raising this issue, Caleb. Throughout humanity’s march of civilization, we-humans have demonstrated time and time again our capability of lying to ourselves about our acts of aggression towards other human beings.
By the way, I was a Bradley Cooper fan (long before his rise to fame) until he played the role of the “American Sniper.” I didn’t see the movie; I couldn’t bear to watch another killer movie.
If anything good came out of this terrible movie, I think it must be the fact that so many people used it as a platform to critique hollywood’s obsession with making mass murderers for empire into heros!