Leftist Angst and Ignorance and the American Sniper

Sniper Chris Kyle
I’ve read that the true measure of heroism is lives saved. By that definition, Kyle was a hero. Many of the lives that he took with his sniper rifle saved the lives of American soldiers who were the targets of the persons whom Kyle killed. These were insurgents bent on shooting, rocketing or planting IEDs with the intent to kill Americans and Iraqis.

Don’t blame Chris Kyle for going to war. Don’t excoriate him for liking or not disliking war. Don’t mock him because he didn’t take a nuanced view of Iraq or Iraqis. Most of the folks who are criticizing this man’s life and military experience have no idea what it is like to be in combat. Most of them are missing the point entirely. Chris Kyle was a pawn in a larger game. Bush and Obama sent him to Iraq to kill and wage war on those whom the US government filled with your elected representatives claim were/are enemies of the United States. This war was never and is still not about Democracy or an existential threat to America. The wars of the past decade and a half have about control of resources. Both Obama and Bush played this game well. They simultaneously played the American people.

Kyle is an easy target. Especially so, since he is dead. The true target of your ire should be the Corporate CEOs, Bankers and Politicians. However, Kyle being the easier target, American Liberals (Democrats) will instead cowardly attack the dead.


Victims: Casualties of War ~ Boston Marathon Bombing and the GWOT

“The rain …falls upon the just and the unjust alike; a thing which would not happen if I were superintending the rain’s affairs. No, I would rain softly and sweetly on the just, but if I caught a sample of the unjust outdoors I would drown him.”

~ Mark Twain

It is simple cause and effect.

Collectively, America has chosen a path.  That path has led to people who see us, justly or not, as the challenge to their choices as to their way of life or death whatever the case may be.

The little boy did not deserve a death at the hands of madmen.

Perhaps, many of the the folks did not deserve to die or be injured in such a heinous manner.  I would posit that many, if not most, of the children killed and injured by American bombs, missiles, errant bullet rounds and drone strikes, likewise, did not deserve that fate either.

We cannot expect, as a nation, to constantly war on other nations and other peoples causing “collateral damage” and other forms of violence and to maintain our peaceful way of life at home in America.

The world is small.  There are consequences for our actions.

We have been in a constant state of war for over a decade.  We will be in a constant state of war for the foreseeable future.

Eventually, the people against whom we war will figure out a way to bring that war to us.

Thus far, we have been fortunate.  They have been too lazy or disorganized to wage war in America.  That will not always remain so.  I am surprised that it has taken this long to have a public ground attack/strike such as this.

If I were among the peoples against whom we have been waging war, I would have found a way to strike at America long before this.  I would make life miserable for Americans.

Who is to say that this is not in the works.  Everything that they need to wage war upon us can be purchased in America.  They need to bring nothing.

Actions have consequences.  Words and phrases such as collateral damage have a reality behind them against which your average American has been shielded.

Were I the enemy of America, that would not be the case.  Eventually, someone is going to rise up who will decide to teach America the realities of war.  The reality that we once learned during our war of 1860 to 1865 but have forgotten.

To the average American war is a video game.  It’s something viewed from afar.  Something that happens over there.

Will that always be the case?

Boston may simply be a harbinger of things to come.

No one deserves a heinous death or to be injured in the manner of the “victims” of the Boston bombings.  I would not wish that upon a single human being whether they be American, Pakistani, Syrian, Kiwi or Fijian.

Yet, our wars cause this kind of death and injury on nearly a daily basis.  Many, if not most, of those “victims” are undeserving as well.

For his own sordid ends
The pulpit he ascends
And though he disbelieves in resurrection,
Makes all his hearers quail
Whilst he unfolds a tale
Of Last Day scenes that stun the recollection.

They recite their sacred books, although the fact informs me 
that these are a fiction from first to last. 
O Reason, thou (alone) speakest the truth. 
Then perish the fools who forged the religious traditions or interpreted them!

~ Abu ‘L-ala Ahmad b. Abdallah al-Ma’arri (973-1057)

It’s not Afghanistan.

“If you stand back,” said one American who is in the thick of the American strategy-making, “and say, by the year 2020, you’ve got two countries — 30 million people in this country, 200 million people with nuclear weapons in this country, American troops in neither. Which matters? It’s not Afghanistan.”

This article is a primer on the future of the region.  It’s a must read, if you want to understand the future of American relations in this region.

Special attention to Pakistani views of the Afghan National Security Forces.