American Sniper is old news, although the far left is still carping about it; but I just saw it yesterday and I want to share my thoughts. The first thing I want to say is hats off to Clint Eastwood. Other directors are long out to pasture at 84. I’ve always been an Eastwood fan, but the stamina and determination he shows in producing and directing this movie are exceptional. It truly is one of the best war movies I have ever seen. He captures the life of an American hero and tells his story in a coherent and compelling manner which should stir the heart of every American patriot. I left the theater with tears in my eyes.
As a Vietnam War combat veteran who served 20 years in the U.S. Army I know the hardships warriors and their families endure. As I wrote in A Soldier’s Journey to an Unknown Destination, war changes you in ways you are not even aware of. Yes, there are those that come home damaged mentally and physically, but most combat veterans will tell you the are better people. Combat teaches you the true value of life. I believe American Sniper communicates that idea.
Warrior’s spouses who raise their children and run their household alone while their husband or wife serve repeated tours in combat zones are heroes unto themselves. American Sniper captures what Chris and Tara Kyle felt not just what they did.
(Spoiler Alert) Eastwood omits the tragedy of Chris Kyle’s murder by a deranged veteran from the film. It ends with Tara’s last glimpse of Chris alive. Behind the ending credits actual footage of Chris’s memorial ceremony and funeral show the thousands of people who turned out to honor him.
Finally, I am even more angry now at the Michael Moore’s and Howard Deans on the left who cast aspersions on Chris Kyle and the movie. They demonstrate how ignorant and out of touch the far left is with America. There attitudes remind me of how many Americans felt about the Vietnam War and those of us who served in it. To me, they are the moral equivalent of Jane Fonda sitting on an antiaircraft gun in Hanoi while American warriors are dying in combat and American POWs are tortured. Her actions contributed to many deaths because she bolstered enemy morale and helped the North Vietnamese win the propaganda battle which extended the war. Moore, Dean and others do the same. Criticizing policy and strategy are fair game; personal attacks on true American heroes are disgusting.
Like Saving Private Ryan, American Sniper contains graphic violence and images of American warriors dying on the battlefield; but as Eastwood did in the Undefeated, he never glorified violence, he only shows its consequences. I highly recommend American Sniper.