‘American Sniper’ stokes the culture wars

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Sniper Organization Founder: Others Spilled Blood For Michael Moore’s Free Speech.

WASHINGTON—Clint Eastwood’s hit film “American Sniper” has reignited a bitter debate about the US invasion of Iraq and one of its most famous warriors, with conservatives hailing the movie as a long overdue tribute to veterans.

LAS VEGAS — A close friend of Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle told The Daily Caller that warriors like Kyle died so that Hollywood big-wigs like Michael Moore could enjoy freedom of speech. Brian Sain is a founding member of AmericanSnipers.org and a “personal friend” of Kyle, and he spoke with TheDC at the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s annual Shot Show on Tuesday. Directed by Eastwood and starring Bradley Cooper, the film has broken box office records and is based on Kyle’s best-selling memoir, in which he expressed no regrets for the lives he extinguished as a sharpshooter in the war. “The movie gives America something it’s lacked since the start of the war — a war hero on a truly national, cultural scale,” David French wrote.

Moore, a documentary film director and liberal activist, and actor Seth Rogen recently made headlines for disparaging Clint Eastwood’s box office hit “American Sniper,” which tells the story of Kyle’s life. Moore called snipers “cowards” while Rogen tweeted that the movie reminded him of the “fake Nazi propaganda” movie in the third act of Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglorious Basterds.” “Those gentlemen live in the United States of America, and I would hazard that neither one of them has ever been in harm’s way,” Sain told TheDC. “So the very right they have to make those comments was afforded by someone else like Chris, who was spilling their blood and spilling their guts and leaving their family, while those individuals were safe and sound behind their keyboards or whatever they do.” Kyle, who is played by actor Bradley Cooper in “American Sniper” and was killed two years ago, is considered a “legendary” marksman among the sniper community. “We were very close friends.

In his memoir, Kyle — a Texan and former professional rodeo rider — expressed only pride about his war record and his targeting of what he called “savages.” He is believed to have taken out 255 people with his rifle, and the Pentagon officially credited Kyle with 160 confirmed kills — making him the deadliest sniper in American military history. Paul Rieckhoff, an Iraq war veteran and head of the Iraq Afghanistan Veterans of America, said the movie reflected how many soldiers thought about the war. “Kyle, much like many I served with, and our president himself during most of the Iraq War, held a very black-and-white view of the conflict. We talked about everything that’s in that movie, because I was having similar stuff going on from a law enforcement perspective.” Sain helps train police snipers in Austin, Texas, while Kyle helped train Dallas police snipers. He recalled the last conversation he had with Kyle before his friend was shot and killed at the Rough Creek Ranch-Lodge-Resort shooting range in Erath County, Texas in February 2013. “He and I were working on a project together to donate a rifle to a raffle to raise money for our troops,” Sain said. “He got famous after that and he said, ‘Hey man, we need to get on that raffle project.’” “I was eating supper and the Austin guys called me and said, ‘Chris was just murdered.

Just like the war has for us.” Disclaimer: The comments uploaded on this site do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of management and owner of INQUIRER.net. The guy stole his truck and may be coming down this way.’ And then they caught him shortly thereafter.” Sain sought to clear up misconceptions about who American military and law enforcement snipers are and what these individuals go through on and off the job. “Most of us are fathers,” he explained. “Most of us are family people. To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here. Can you give me that?’ And I’m not talking about weapons and suppressors and stuff — just backpacks, body armor — that kind of stuff,” Sain said. Sain didn’t have the money to buy it himself, so he and others started raising money in the community to get them what his friends in the field needed.

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