When I read this exceptional review, I felt compelled to share it. As a part of my life's path, I have known several snipers, up close and personal. It has provided an acute sense of the folks they really are "down under". While the views I have garnered are quite varied, no doubt because of the character of the person before they even engaged in that "job". I say job, because there are many types of training, "employers", time in active duty, length of time performing the job, and the entire ecology of that person, etc.
I confess, when in any danger, I would be thrilled to have one of these folks "at my six" with their generally superlative training and keen instincts. At the same time, we would be naive not to take into account the percentage of sociopaths in any one of our services. How a Kyle could have made it as far as he did, with his disturbing statements and clear proclivities, remains to be seen....and see we will.
Why Is the Real American Sniper -- a Hate-Filled Killer -- Being Treated as a Hero?
"I have to confess: I was suckered by the trailer for American Sniper. It’s a masterpiece of short-form tension – a confluence of sound and image so viscerally evocative it feels almost domineering. You cannot resist. You will be stressed out. You will feel. Or, as I believe I put it in a blog about the trailer, “Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper trailer will ruin your pants.”
But however effective it is as a piece of cinema, even a cursory look into the film’s backstory – and particularly the public reaction to its release – raises disturbing questions about which stories we choose to codify into truth, and whose, and why, and the messy social costs of transmogrifying real life into entertainment." CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE