The progressive hivemind criticism of Chris Kyle is uniform and growing in the wake of the success of the movie about his four tours in Iraq as a SEAL sniper. The critics seem to be regaining their footing after being knocked for a loop by the massive success of the movie at the box office on its opening weekend and how it demonstrably crushed all their favorite anti-war, anti-American movies of yore.
Lunch pail America flocked to see this movie and it shocked the hell out of the progs. Its success blew them right out of their Pauline Kael existence. Remember that Kael was the famous film critic for the New Yorker who was reported to have famously commented after the 1972 Presidential election, “I live in a rather special world. I only know one person who voted for Nixon. Where they are I don’t know. They’re outside my ken. But sometimes when I’m in a theater I can feel them.”
This really shouldn’t be a surprise, this is what they do…and they simply cannot allow a movie that is even vaguely pro-war (it isn’t), pro-Bush Doctrine (it isn’t), pro-military (it isn’t) or one that portrays an American, especially one from Texas for God’s sake, as a faultless hero (it doesn’t) to win any awards. They are going to mount a revisionist history campaign now to deny the movie, Bradley Cooper or Clint Eastwood any recognition at all. To allow it would be to invalidate their view of America.
This really isn’t specifically about Chris or Taya Kyle or the movie. As usual, this is about the politicization of everything. This is about ideology…but when your ideology is being defeated and you have no logical response, your attack goes ad hominem – you attack the person. Chris Kyle and his family must now be destroyed.
To illustrate just how hypocritical these attacks are, just think about what these same people have supported (or tacitly supported by being silent) under their political messiah, President Barack H. Obama.
- There have been no Cindy Sheehan’s setting up camp outside Obama’s Chicago mansion.
- Medea Benjamin and her Code Pink have become invisible.
- There have been no 24/7 coverage of anti-war protests.
- No protests as Obama reauthorizes the Patriot Act.
- If not full support for drone strikes, the absence of opposition.
I think that the last one, the progressive’s silent support for drone strikes, is perhaps the best illustration of their mindset.
To them, war is an impersonal, political event. As long as they can watch it on CNN, conduct it at arm’s length and their guy is in charge, history has proven that the post-Vietnam progressives are just fine with it.
Prosecuting a remote controlled “videogame war” distances them from the moral component – it is impersonal and aloof and insulates them from having to make the tough, sometimes impossible to get right moral decisions of life and death. As long as they can fire a missile from a drone in Pakistan that is flown by a pilot at the CIA’s Langley, VA headquarters, Nevada’s Nellis Air Force Base or Florida’s Hurlburt Field Special Operations Command, a half a world away, they can escape the soul-sucking personal consequences of making that direct, immediate and deadly moral call.
They get the role of a sniper exactly wrong. Instead of being sociopaths trained to kill, they are skilled marksmen trained to protect. They are currently trotting out Kyle’s quotes about his regret that he did’t kill more “savages” and conveniently leave out the fact that he said that the reason was that he regretted he couldn’t save more Americans. Kyle’s comments reveal the reason that sniper operations are referred to as “overwatch” – they are protectors watching over the vulnerable troops below.
Just think about some of the differences between a remote drone strike and a sniper’s duty. Snipers are a precise tool, so much so that their mantra is “one shot, one kill”. For all their “precision”, drones are still an area weapon that risks collateral damage. Drones are driven by latent information and intel from a distance. Snipers are up close and personal, making individual calls about taking the shot based on immediate, real time information – and sometimes the lack of it.
It is the “up close and personal” moral decisions that Chris Kyle and other snipers make that bothers the progressive mind so much. They simply cannot conceive of having enough moral conviction and personal strength to make that call to kill a kid with a grenade or a woman wearing an explosive vest. To successfully execute their duty to protect, they are called upon to make decisions in a split second that will haunt them the rest of their lives. That kind of direct, immediate and personal moral certainty scares the hell out of the left.
Chris Kyle represents the kind of moral certitude the progressives deny – it is a virtue they do not possess.
When you hear the vile, callous, arrogant and condescending criticism rolling down from the piteous caterwauling progressive media, just remember that those words aren’t about Chris Kyle or his wife Taya – it is prima facie evidence of the hypocrisy, the vacuous mindset and moral bankruptcy of the left.