Max Blumenthal: America Sniper Chris Kyle was just a popular mass murderer
Noah Rothman at Hot Air writes about some tweets from Max Blumenthal, liberal attack dog and son of Clinton hit man Sid Blumenthal, who didn't much care for the new film on the life of Chris Kyle, the most deadly sniper in American military history.
I’ve watched the film depiction of the life of the late Chris Kyle, America’s deadliest sniper, Navy SEAL, and veterans advocate, twice. It is a gripping portrayal, but it is a portrayal nonetheless. While the screenplay perhaps lacks nuance, it is also a product of Hollywood and should be considered a truncated and dramatized version of one man’s life story.
The complexities of biography often elude filmmakers who are charged with creating dense and intricate portraits of a human being in 120 minutes. Nevertheless, the movie is quite enjoyable. The performances are stirring and the wartime themes, difficult as they are, are confronted tastefully.
Having seen the film, I feel qualified to write about it. That was not an obstacle for author and AlterNet Senior Writer Max Blumenthal who determined that it was a bright course of action to sharply criticize a film he had admittedly not seen simply because he detests its subject.
Some of these tweets would be bizarre even if Blumenthal were commenting from the point of view of having seen the film.
“I haven’t seen American Sniper, but correct me if I’m wrong: An occupier mows down faceless Iraqis but the real victim is his anguished soul,” Blumenthal wrote smugly on his Twitter account. “[T]he whole film’s appeal seems to derive from the latent racism that led America into Iraq.”
OK, Max. I'll correct you because you're not only wrong, you are insanely wrong.
Those "faceless Iraqis" were trying to kill American soldiers. No doubt you would have devoutly wished them success in that endeavor, but the military takes a dim view of people trying to kill their men. Kyle's job was to kill them before they killed his fellow soldiers and countrymen. It was, after all, a war where the object is to kill more of the enemy than they kill of yours.
It really raises the question of what side Blumenthal was on during the war? I suppose if you supported the insurgents who were killing Americans, you would see Kyle as a "mass murderer." 'Nuff said.
Oh - and by the way, to set the record straight, there is no scientific formulation that makes Iraqis a separate race. They are white by any rational measurement. Ergo, the idea that "latenet racism" was responsible for our getting into the war is not only incredibly ignorant but hysterically funny.
Then there's this little bizarre tidbit:
“John Lee Malvo, another mass murdering sniper, would not be glorified on prime time,” Blumenthal averred, confusing the young accomplice of the “D.C. Sniper” for the prime suspect in those killings, John Allen Muhammad.
When confronted with the tastelessness of his comparison by a Twitter user who contended that the impressionable Malvo was misled, Blumenthal indicted the military. “[H]e was brainwashed and stripped of his humanity,” Blumenthal scoffed. “But that never happened to our servicemen, of course.”
No, it didn't. The hallmark of the US army in the field is the ability of our servicemen - regardless of rank - to adapt, to improvise. A brainwashed individual would not have that capability and the fact that Bumenthal is ignorant of the primary strength of the individual US soldier is shocking.
"American Sniper" may not be academy award material. But as a thumbnail sketch of an American hero, it sounds like it's worth viewing. As for Blumenthal, he and the rest of the left who agree with him may as well take up arms for Islamic State before any more snipers kill those innocent, faceless soldiers.