Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Snipers, Heroes, and Michael Moore

Michael Moore weighed in on the inflated controversy that has been generated by the new movie American Sniper. His argument is that snipers are cowards because they don't believe in a "fair fight".

It's war, not a boxing match. There are no referees. The object is to kill the enemy and destroy his ability to make war. If you do this well enough, it's called victory.

There aren't many living Americans that know about victory, we haven't had one since August of 1945. The end of the last war where we decided that killing the enemy and destroying his ability to wage war was important.

I don't know if we even have to decide if Chris Kyle is a hero. That's pretty subjective. He was a damn fine sniper. I might think he meet my idea of what a hero is. They made a movie about his life. It's an extremely popular movie.

I will tell you one thing I know beyond a doubt. If I had to go into combat and was told to choose between Michael Moore and Chris Kyle to join me, I could make a snap decision.

16 comments:

Goober said...

I love it when doughey, fat, useless losers try to talk tough. As if Michael Moore has ever had the balls to join a "fair fight."

One wonders if he'd advocate not using our airforce or artillery against the Taliban, you know, so that the "fight" is "fair."

Newsflash to Mr. Moore :

When your opponent is trying to actually kill you, the idea is to try and make the fight as unfair as possible. I know a military genius such as yourself understands the concept of a force multiplier. Firing accurately from a distance that your opponent is unable to return fire is one of them. They teach that in military school, but probably glossed over it at liberal arts community college, so it's understandable that you don't savvy.

Murphy's Law said...

If Michael Moore is so concerned over "fair" fights, I'd like to see him chase his next hamburger down while it's on the hoof.

ProudHillbilly said...

Dear Mr. Moore - You are being held hostage by an armed gunman. I have just one chance for a shot that will save your life. It will require me to shoot the gunman in the back. Should I take the shot or walk away because that wouldn't be fair?

Aaron said...

Moore is just butt-hurt that a story about an American hero has grossed more in one weekend than practically the total entire gross of all of his progressive anti-American movies combined.

(Yes, based on my reading of the book and other accounts of Mr. Kyle's acts, he qualifies as a hero).

Comrade Misfit said...

Much as I don't care for Moore, on this point, he is just a few generations behind what was once the official view of snipers held by the senior officers of a lot of armies.

Which is the main reason why, when WW2 started, the only army that had a formal sniper program was the Soviet Union's.

.45ACP+P said...

I can think of almost no endeavor in life where I can find a use for Michael Moore. Perhaps if I had immediate need to plug a blown out aircraft window, either end of him might suffice. Men of Chris Kyle's sort are perennially useful to society.

burt said...

It's more than just saving the lives of your compatriots: it's about reducing collateral damage while winning the fight.

A sniper can eliminate threats from the opposing force without killing the civilians in the vicinity of that threat. For example, killing someone wearing an explosive vest without exploding the vest REDUCES the threat that any non-combatants will be killed by that vest.

And, yes, it's possible to kill the wearer of the vest without causing the vest to explode.

Snipers do more than just protect friendly forces: they protect the local population as well.

Ajdshootist said...

MM is taking the oxegen a thinking amobea could use.

lelnet said...

"Go into combat"? To hell with that...if I had to go ANYWHERE AT ALL, and had to choose between Kyle and Moore, no question who I'd choose.

Hell, if I had a winning lottery ticket, but for some reason couldn't go to the lottery office to claim it without taking Michael Moore along, I'd choose to just do without the money. Whereas I'd happily crawl over broken glass for a chance to buy Chris Kyle as much as he feels like drinking, any time he feels like accepting.

Borepatch said...

Moore is a troll, and got the sort of attention that trolls crave.

libertyman said...

"Michael Moore weighed in" - I see what you did there.

WoFat said...

Michael Moore. Little or nothing to say about him that is of worth. He is a useless toilet implement.

ASM826 said...

YAY FOR LIBERTYMAN!! It's the little things in life...

Ken said...

Michael Moore's #DesperateBidForRelevance

abnormalist said...

@lelnet,

You know Chris Kyle died about a year and a half ago? Him and a friend were working with PTSD service members took a PTSD Marine vet to the range with the intent of recoil therapy where the PTSD Marine vet shot both of them.

Made pretty big news at the time, a horrible shame.

parascribe said...

When I read your post title, I couldn't help but sing in my head "one of these things is not like the others"...