“American Sniper” by Chris Kyle

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Summary:  “Being a SEAL is tough, but that’s ok because we are tough mutha-f—ers.  It’s not a bad job though – it’s pretty fun to kill Iraqi savages, but it’s sad when our guys go down.” (not an actual quote from the book)

Savages?

“They hate us and want to kill us simply because we aren’t Muslim!”  (this IS an actual quote from the book.)

Uh, buddy, did you forget that you are invading their country?  You talk about a deep sense of patriotism that compels you to fight for your country; what would you do if a foreign army invaded west Texas?

Ok, got that out of my system.  All due respect to Kyle (RIP) and the military, but he just didn’t seem be able to see the situation from the other side at all.  I guess that’s probably best for the guys in the field.  Of course, back home it is easy to practice Calvinist neo-Cubism and see both sides at the same time.  Someone is a terrorist or freedom fighter depending on your perspective.

Pretty interesting read though!  (er, “listen” I guess.  Thanks commute!)  Lest you still think I am anti-military, let me share with you this George Orwell quote I was reminded of: “People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.”  As one such peaceable bed-sleeper, let me say, “Thanks guys.”  Really.

(Side note: towards the end he talks about doing a combat sim for Navy health research – sounds like the NHRC sim thing I interviewed for about 4 years ago.)
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