LETTERS: Goal is to win in a war, not surrender

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AP Exclusive: Rogen says ‘Sniper’ tweets ‘not meant to have any political implications’.

Former Democratic National Chairman Howard Dean speculated about what has motivated people to flock to movie theaters in droves to see “American Sniper,” the movie about the life of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle. “There’s a lot of anger in this country, and the people who go see this movie are people who are very angry,” Dean said on “Real Time with Bill Maher” on Friday. “This guy basically says, ‘I’m going to fight on your side,’” Dean said of Kyle, who was the most prolific sniper in U.S. military history.LOS ANGELES — Seth Rogen responded to the outrage incited by a series of tweets he wrote regarding the film “American Sniper” in a statement issued exclusively to the Associated Press on Thursday, saying it wasn’t his intent to offend anyone or to say anything with political implications.The former US Navy Seal’s war record — 160 confirmed kills including 19 kills in a 24-hour period — is the subject of the Hollywood blockbuster that has grossed more than $128 million at the US box office.Rupert Murdoch says he’s a huge fan of American Sniper, and anyone who thinks otherwise — “Hollywood leftists” in particular — are completely out of touch with America.

The discussion is centred on the film’s depiction of the conflict, but also what’s not there: the false premise on which the Americans invaded Iraq and the complicated politics of the war. But God doesn’t make a central appearance in the film “American Sniper,” which earned a record-breaking $105 million last weekend at the box office. Murdoch just weighed in on the left vs. right controversy surrounding the film, after Seth Rogen and Michael Moore both initially appeared to criticize American Sniper on Twitter, sparking a national debate in the process. The mogul, who owns 20th Century Fox movie studios and routinely takes to Twitter to praise Fox films, offered his support for the Clint Eastwood film, which was released by rival Warner Bros. Filmmaker Michael Moore criticized the movie, calling snipers “cowards.” “I can’t believe you came away with that impression of the film,” said Stephens. “What I saw was a movie that treats what veterans and soldiers go through in a way that was subtle.

Bravo Clint Eastwood!” He added, clarifying, “Yes, American Sniper!” On Monday, Rogen tweeted that American Sniper “kind of reminds” him of the Nazi propaganda film about a sniper showing near the end of Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds. Kyle and Craft’s creditors have reached a settlement under which the company will shut down, the Kyle family can live rent-free until Oct. 30 in their Midlothian, Texas, home, and Ms. Last week, Moore wrote that he grew up being told that snipers are cowardly. “My uncle killed by sniper in WW2,” Fahrenheit 9/11 director wrote. “We were taught snipers were cowards. It shows Kyle’s journey from runaway rodeo cowboy to navy seal killer, a conversion prompted by his shock at the 1998 attacks on the US embassies in Dar es Salaam and Nairobi, but there is no examination of why Iraq was attacked.

Eastwood de-emphasizes training and non-Iraq sequences to grant breathing room to a handful of military operations, building a film around Kyle’s tense decisions to pull the trigger or grant mercy. The attention is on the dramatic life and death choices facing Kyle as he peers through his telescopic lens in day-to-day battles with an equally skilled adversary on the side of the Iraqi insurgents, an Olympic shooting champion from Syria named Mustafa.

Military History.” “My shots saved several Americans, whose lives were clearly worth more than that woman’s twisted soul,” he wrote. “I can stand before God with a clear conscience about doing my job. The logo, imprinted on Craft apparel like T-shirts, patches and coffee mugs, drove the company’s merchandise sales and is surrounded by these words: “Despite what your Momma told you…violence does solve problems.” “She’s gone through a very hard time and still is going through the grieving process,” said Dallas lawyer Larry Friedman, who represents Ms. Despite both Rogen and Moore trying to distance themselves from controversy, the tweets led to massive conservative backlash, including comments from musician Kid Rock, who wrote on his website Friday: “F— you Michael Moore, you’re a piece of shit and your uncle would be ashamed of you. Critics of the movie, based on Kyle’s best-selling memoir, see Eastwood’s paean to the sniper and his fellow soldiers as glorifying the violence of an indefensible war.

Some have mocked the film as conservative American propaganda directed by a man who backed Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and infamously lampooned President Obama with a bizarre routine talking to an empty chair at the party’s 2012 national convention. Former Black Team sniper Howard Wasdin later commented that “you’ve got to be good” to take a man down from that distance, according to the New York Post. “There was a point I was arrogant enough to say you don’t need any luck. In 2013, Kyle was shot and killed at a Texas shooting range; Eddie Ray Routh, a fellow Iraq veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, was charged in Kyle’s death and is to stand trial in February. Ron Paul, R-Texas, sparked a backlash after he tweeted a biblical reference: “he who lives by the sword dies by the sword.” Kyle was no straight-laced Christian.

While Chris Kyle participated in “saddle bronco bustin’” from high school into college, his rodeo career ended when a bronco flipped and left him with pins in his wrists, broken ribs, and other injuries. Craft filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last May, but hoped to reorganize and continue operating under the ownership of Craft’s investors, who would take a stake in the business instead of loan repayment.

Neither his brother nor an unfaithful girlfriend are mentioned in the book, but he did become a ranch hand to pay the bills after partying with rodeo groupies drained his income. Then we’ll talk.” Sarah Palin, the 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate, attacked the Hollywood left, defending Cooper, Eastwood and Cain for “standing strong in the face of cowardly fire from their colleagues”. During this time, he approached the recruitment office to enlist—not, as the movie suggests, because he witnessed American lives lost on the news, but because he had always intended to join the military following school. If I had to order my priorities, they would be God, Country, Family,” Kyle wrote. “There might be some debate on where those last two fall – these days I’ve come around to believe that Family may, under some circumstances, outrank Country. In the movie, this waffling is glossed over to make his enlistment seem like a streamlined response to injustice—Kyle goes straight from busting broncos to SEAL training.

In memoir and movie, Chris Kyle and Taya (Sienna Miller) begin their relationship not long after his SEAL training, and Eastwood’s film is painstakingly accurate to their real-life meet-cute—drunken vomiting and dodged calls included. Kyle, who served four tours in Iraq, is credited with more than 150 “confirmed kills,” and he gained notoriety among insurgents to the point where they put an $80,000 bounty on his head, Ms. That Eastwood chose not to depict the killing in his film suggests a reluctance to take on the irony of Kyle’s death – although it does show the impact on the sniper himself. My dad was a deacon, and my mom taught Sunday school,” Kyle wrote. “I remember a stretch when I was young when we would go to church every Sunday morning, Sunday night, and Wednesday evening.

Film and memoir begin with near-identical opening sequences: Kyle sees a woman and a few children on the otherwise-empty street of an Iraqi town through his sniper scope. Ventura also has sued HarperCollins Publishers LLC, a unit of News Corp , which owns The Wall Street Journal, for allegedly publishing “a false and defamatory story.” A spokeswoman for HarperCollins said the company “will defend itself vigorously and views the suit as entirely without merit.”) Hollywood was surprised by the movie’s phenomenal $107 million box office over the four-day holiday weekend, making it the largest opening ever for a drama or R-rated film. The film, directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Bradley Cooper, drew crowds to theaters during the typically slow month of January, including veterans and cultural conservatives who often feel underserved by Hollywood. However, when Kyle inspects the house more carefully, he finds WMDs hidden beneath the floorboards, and outs the family as pro-insurgency, beginning a firefight. Kyle and other SEALs to do exhibition shoots at his annual economic summit, letting them detonate explosives at his ranch in front of his Wall Street buddies.

Moviegoers will remember Marc Lee (Luke Grimes) as the man who became disillusioned with combat and argued with Kyle shortly before his death in the field. Kyle believes this lack of faith in the war caused his death; Taya disagrees and they debate that point, focusing on a letter Lee wrote his mother, at the memorial service. Investors who eventually extended a $2.6 million note to Craft include former Dallas Cowboys great Roger Staubach, golf sportscaster David Feherty and the son of ex-Texas Rangers owner Tom Hicks.

In truth, these three milestones—defeating his sniper adversary, avenging Biggles, and achieving his longest successful shot—did not align in one moment. Mustafa existed but only merits this brief mention in Kyle’s memoir: While we were on the berm watching the city, we were also watching warily for an Iraqi sniper known as Mustafa.

This horrible anecdote is absent from Kyle’s memoir, and “The Butcher” is not mentioned at all, though some suggest his origins lie in real-life Shia warlord Abu Deraa. “The Butcher” and Mustafa’s roles seem exaggerated primarily to heighten Chris Kyle’s sense of purpose in combat: Every kill becomes justified when the murdered possess supernatural evil.

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