"If we who served and those who were otherwise involved do not, through our words and deeds, challenge the revisionist history, a generation of young American fighting men will be forever denigrated and a vital chapter in our national history will be remembered erroneously."
J. Eldon(Jer) Yates
American Sniper -- Reviewing the Distract
Posted: jeyates @ February/01/2015 18:18
American Sniper: Reviewing the Distractors
February 14, 2015
By J. E. (Jer) Yates
American Sniper is an excellent, extremely well directed fast -paced
movie illustrating the stress and emotional impact of combat.
The attention to detail by Director Clint Eastwood is a key point in the
movie. The actors perfectly capture the dark, as well as the comradery
of good spirited verbal interactions among the troops in their stressful
The move works on a very basic level of art –it shows and doesn’t tells.
It’s worldwide success also shows that even those who haven’t
experienced combat or foreign military service in a War Zone will see it
and take a kinder and more appreciative look at the Americans who
The true face of the Iraq war is seen in the brutal use of children,
women and even old ladies as shields in combat.
Sadly for the American military this is nothing new.
The history of the Vietnam War shows American troops facing the same
moral dilemmas of similar combat practices. “Uncle Ho” (Ho Chi Min)
NVA supreme leader and NVA commander General Jiap encouraged the
same tactics in their total war approach. As the movie shows such
combat in Iraq captures the same stress in protecting innocents while
killing a vicious enemy that the fathers and grandfathers of some of
today’s warriors experienced in Vietnam
Bradley Cooper appears in a scene from “American Sniper.” (Keith
Bernstein / Warner Bros. Pictures)
The back-story in the movie of the impact and relationship with Chris
Kyle, the American Sniper” with his wife and children. That part of the
movie was handled honestly and with tremendous respect for both the
warriors and their families who are asked to sacrifice so much.
However, many reviewers were critical of the movie and Eastwood
because the main character, Chris Kyle did not fit their desired
He wasn’t portrayed as red neck, drunk, Christian zealot or remorseful
emotionally paralyzed victim and his wife as a bar room hussy.
One review reflects this viewpoint:
“If only the rest of the film were as strong and troubling as that bar
American Sniper” gins up all sorts of conflict, treating Kyle’s beady-
eyed Syrian sniper counterpart, Mustafa (Sammy Sheik), as a skillful
but vaguely subhuman adversary.
The climactic showdown between these two leads to Eastwood’s most
shameless techniques — clichéd slow motion just when you expect it,
an audience-baiting “kill” shot”…”
Actually, Mr. Phillips, Al-Qaeda and ISIS are behaving like subhuman
But what Eastwood also captures is the fact that Chris Kyle didn’t just
function as a Sniper he lead in door to door clearing missions, urban
This type of combat is universally acknowledged by infantry warriors as
one of the most dangerous missions they can have on today’s
Up-close and personal engagements in urban environments are
stressful and very deadly.
For those who want to trivialize that, try going into building or
apartment where a highly armed and fanatical murderer or rapist is
lurking and compute your chances of escape and survival.
In launching an attack on the movie some try to denigrate Chris
because of a very murky barroom engagement between Kyle and Jesse
Even if true it could easily add up to a PTSD event. And of course that
has nothing to do with his documented combat service and valor.
The movie stands the test of combat accuracy in principle.
Reviewer Phillips and Filmmaker Michael Moore, who said snipers are
cowards, have once again demonstrated that they are propagandists
who will personally denigrate anyone they disagree with.
Some critics are even making disparaging comments about his
widowed wife as they hide behind their smartphone tweets and
Most critics certainly have no record in combat yet they are quoted
widely as experts on what it means to be a sniper.
Any review of a movie about Chris Kyle brings us to Jesse Ventura, who
successfully sued Chris Kyle, and then his estate for defamation in a
barroom incident that does not need repeating.
“Jesse Ventura” was born James George Janos and served honorably in
the US Navy. He was discharged as a Petty Officer Third Class (– equal
to an Army Corporal, E-4)—after six years.
Yet a Wikipedia post show that he never was decorated for Valor or
even Meritorious Service –and in fact never served in Combat.
“In January 2002, Ventura, who never specifically stated whether he
fought in Vietnam, disclosed that he had not seen combat.
He was stationed at Subic Bay in the Philippines.
Ventura served in the United States Navy from December 1, 1969, to
September 10, 1975, during the Vietnam War era.
He graduated in BUD/S class 58 in December 1970 and was part of
Underwater Demolition Team 12.“
Those teams were incorporated into the SEALS in 1983—and then only
after additional SEAL Training.
Critics have used the Ventura incident to attack the legacy of the
American Sniper Chris Kyle while it has nothing to do with Chris’s
documented war record.
In fact as a fellow veteran I find “Ventura” pursuing Chris Kyle’s widow
for damages in a civil case rather disgusting and for a fellow vet to
zealously financially attack a combat decorated widow and children it is
Especially since the family now has to live through the trial of the man
who killed their husband and father.
But with the movie making a very significant amounts of money, both
in the US and worldwide, individuals are voting with their pocketbook
that a great move has been made.
This dedication is from Americas’ Vietnam Veterans to the
Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan- and all US Troops still
serving in those Theaters.
We will not let what happened to us – happen to you!
Happy Veterans Day!
Home Depot and Lowe's determine that the Service of million of Vets
The policies of Home Depot and Lowe's concerning Veteran's
discounts have become particularly troubling.
Businesses are quick to invoke the name of a Patriotic Holiday to sell
their products -- to anyone. It is this usury of Veterans and Memorial
Day set aside to honor those served our nation, living or dead, that is
demeaning to the service of American Veterans and the memory of
those lost in battle.
Home Depot and Lowe's once had a policy that in a small way
remedied such usury. They offered discounts to every Veteran every
Clearly it was to promote their products and put on a Corporate
Patriotic face. But at least, it did reinforce Military service and offer
small thanks to Americas' Vets.
Now Home Depot and Lowe's have determined that for Veterans that
do not have a service connect disability, their service is irrelevant!
Many Veterans serve for years and in harms way and do not sustain
injury. This new policy reverses what was a refreshing
acknowledgement of Military service to American and reduced it to
just another attempt to falsely project a corporate image of
Returning to the discount policy for all American Veterans policy will
amount to millions of dollars in positive publicity and increase the
long-term bottom line of Home Depot and Lowe's. If they are
capable of such long-term goals. -- and a quality corporate
For anyone that hasn't figured it out -- we didn't serve, get maimed
or killed so our countrymen could celebrate a mattress sale!