Rant on American Sniper
So I want to talk about why I love this video so much. It so concisely and incisively sums up every issue I have with American Sniper and many Americans’ adoration for it.
Regarding Iraq, I can easily expose America’s double standards here by simply saying, if it was for the WMDs that we invaded then that motivation is void because they never existed. If it was simply to unseat a tyrant then that too is nixed because why not any number of less stable or even more tyrannical regimes like North Korea? Or Saudi Arabia? Why did we maintain relations with South Africa for so long during apartheid if America is so in love with freedom?
Past and present actions seem to prove indubitably that Iraq had little to do with either WMDs or unseating a tyrant. Again, democratic principles have NOTHING to do with American foreign policy and only complete imbeciles seem to think otherwise.
American patriotism is misguided and obnoxious. Calling every soldier a ‘hero’ dismisses the reality of the human condition at war, the humanity of those caught in-between, and the sometimes monstrous actions of our own soldiers. I could sum all this up though by simply saying that it ignores nuance.
Chris Kyle and those like him boast that America is the ‘greatest country in the world’ despite the fact that they have often never been abroad. But even if they had they could still never justify so ridiculous a statement after only visiting a handful of countries.