sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

American Sniper (Film Preview)

Based on Chris Kyle's autobiography American Sniper.
Starring Bradley Cooper
Directed by Clint Eastwood


Chris Kyle (April 8, 1974 – February 2, 2013) was a very good sniper. His tragic death underscores his warrior life. His first long-range kill shot was taken during the initial invasion of Iraq, when he shot a woman approaching a group of Marines holding a hand grenade. As ordered, he opened fire, killing the woman before she could attack. He stated, that "the woman was already dead. I was just making sure she didn't take any Marines with her."
Most great snipers start shooting early as children (Vasily Grigoryevich Zaytsev, the Russian expert sniper at the Battle of Stalingrad, who was a chief petty officer in the Russian Navy, by coincidence, learned to shoot wolves as a young shepherd. They didn't have much ammo, so it was one round per wolf; Alvin York, World War 1 infantry warrior and sniper learned to shoot while a boy in Tennessee; Chris Kyle received his first deer rifle at the age of 8 and started shooting in Texas.)
If Kyle made a mistake, it was in caring. The only thing that a sniper needs feel from his craft is recoil. To take it deeper than that is to "look into the abyss" and you don't want to do that. You simply don't. 

Trying to make sense of a war that nobody cares about back home when your friends are dying is also something that you can't think on when you're in the field. Every inch of ground that you bleed over will be ceded to the enemy so that another generation can go and die there for crap territory that means ABSOLUTELY nothing. It will be a point contested that nobody at all will care about in five years -- and you'll kill a lot of people including women and children making the point. It's simply how the politics plays out. You need to numb your mind and simply kill. That's what you're sent to do - direct action missions. Recoil. Just feel the recoil and nothing else and it will be fine.

I've heard some criticism from people who are upset that former US Navy SEAL personnel retire and write books. My response to that criticism is not printable in this blog. Kyle didn't give up methods and sources. He told a story that in my studied judgment, needed to be told. After living through successive tours in hell, he was murdered back home. My feelings on that are not printable either and you all don't care that much anyway. 

But maybe you'll enjoy the film? That's tribute enough, I guess.



Joe Biden's Critical Role

Washington DC (noon) - Vice President Joe (Slow Joe) Biden announced his intention to resign from his job so that he could begin running for the presidency, as Joe put it, "To keep that f#%*ing whore Hillary's fat ass out of the White House."

Washington DC (1:00 pm) In an effort to "walk the story back", White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said that the "story, isn't really a story after all." The Vice President had a few highballs as part of an early lunch ritual and spouted off. Earnest said that Vice President Biden is critical to Barack Obama's continued health. In fact, Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton has reportedly told Washington insiders that she is considering asking Biden to remain as vice president during her administration, should she win her party's nomination. 

Hillary reaffirmed, "If he can keep that worthless Muslim alive, he can do the same for me."

"That's just Old Joe talking again," has become the standard answer to everything that the Vice President decides to say. Last Friday, he went to Joplin, Mo., and lamented the "161,000 brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, grandparents lost" in that city's tornado in 2011. Except the real death toll was 161, not 161,000, which is more than three times the city's population of roughly 50,000.

The day before that, last Thursday, Biden ate shoe leather while speaking at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. During a question-and-answer period, he said U.S. allies Turkey, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates funded and armed terrorists. He has since apologized for making the remarks.*
*Of course they fund terrorists. They funded the 911 attack on the US - but it's bad manners to repeat what the intelligence briefers tell you.
Even though Biden's job is generally undemanding - (he usually shows up to cut ribbons at mall openings) - he regards it as "back breaking". Could VP Biden possibly be lazier than Barack Obama? Maybe. This blogger doesn't want to take things THAT FAR.