The Dangerous Stupidity Behind ‘American Sniper’ Jingoism

The Dangerous Stupidity Behind ‘American Sniper’ Jingoism

American jingoists have turned the truth abruptly on its head.

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by Brandon Martinez 

Thirty-two million dollars. 

That’s the obscene amount of money North American moviegoers spent this past Super Bowl weekend to see the new film ‘American Sniper.’

According to The Inquisitir website, the Clint Eastwood movie “is now the highest grossing war movie of all time at the domestic box office, surpassing Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan.”

The Iraq war blockbuster has earned over $300 million since its release in November 2014.

American movie goers
Movie-Goers Heading to Marquee Cinemas to See Record-Breaking “American Sniper”

If these numbers tell us anything, they speak to the seemingly irreversible degeneration of intelligent or critical thought among the populations of the United States and Canada, where American Sniper has made the brunt of its profits. The fact that millions of people paid money to have their heads filled with American war propaganda highlights a deep-seated dysfunction within society that is cause for concern.

As many critics have observed, the film’s protagonist Chris Kyle, the US Army’s “deadliest sniper” in history, is uncritically portrayed as a ‘war hero’ and great bearer of good fortune for those ‘freedom-yearning’ Iraqis who ‘welcomed’ American soldiers into their country with ‘open arms,’ as US propaganda tells us. Only they didn’t ­ – the Iraqis bitterly resisted the American occupation every step of the way, and rightly sought to expel the invaders upon sight.

The opening action sequence of the film shows Kyle take aim at an Iraqi woman and her son who, apparently in a state of desperation after US ‘shock and awe’ bombardment decimated their city, intend to lob a grenade at occupying US forces approaching them. Kyle shoots and kills the mother and son, to great cheers from audiences across the US. “Oorah,” chant ignorant and trigger-happy Americans who salivate over violent depictions of this nature. “Way to get dem Ayrab teeerrorists,” shout an assorted brew of Fox News blowhards and Republican knuckleheads.

In a recent video posted on YouTube, freedom activist and Iraq war veteran Adam Kokesh documents the mind-blowing ignorance of American moviegoers who watched American Sniper. Kokesh deconstructs the staggering cognitive dissonance of several unfortunate interviewees as they exited the theater, asking them tough questions about the dubious morality of Chris Kyle’s actions as a sniper whose army had invaded another country based upon false pretenses.

OOPS! NO WMDs ?
OOPS! NO WMDs ?

Many of the interview subjects parroted the rather pathetic jingoistic platitude that Kyle was a hero because he fought in Iraq to “defend his homeland.” Besides the essentially cowardly nature of a sniper who picks off targets from afar, Kyle was in no way, shape or form ‘defending his homeland.’ As Kokesh calmly explains to them in the video, Kyle was a quintessential invader of someone else’s homeland – Iraq. Kokesh further notes that the Iraqi mother and son ‘villains’ that Kyle shoots down in the opening action sequence of American Sniper were in fact the heroic defenders of their homeland from an aggressive, destructive foreign occupant. American jingoists have turned the truth abruptly on its head.

Another common fallacy echoed by American Sniper enthusiasts is that the Iraq war was fought for some ‘grand and noble cause’ of ‘delivering Iraqis from the shackles of a dictator.’ Hussein was indeed a tyrant, one the Americans were quite happy to work with and assist in his gaseous onslaught against Iran in 1980. Throughout the 70s and 80s, Hussein was Washington’s cat’s paw in the region, and as such received generous gifts of weaponry from his patrons in the White House. So in reality, the ‘removing a tyrant’ pretext, which seems to be a fallback position since the ‘WMD’ mythology was exposed as a cruel hoax, doesn’t logically pan-out considering US support of said dictator decades earlier. America has absolutely no moral high ground to condemn the actions of a despot, let alone seek to remove one from power on a two-faced moralist premise whilst propping up other ‘friendly’ autocrats across the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Even under Saddam’s dictatorship, Iraq was a much more stable and prosperous country than it is now after the ‘great liberation,’ the results of which has been nothing but misery and despair for millions. The only ‘terrorists’ present in Iraq were Washington’s foot soldiers – the US Armed Forces, the US Air Force and the US Marines who besieged the sovereign Arab country with a merciless and bloodthirsty mission to ‘punish’ Hussein and his people for displeasing the self-anointed monarchs of planet earth in the White House.

American Sniper and US doom.
American Sniper and US doom.

In an op-ed about American Sniper, analyst Finian Cunningham writes that “indulging ‘heroes’ like Chris Kyle, [has] the insidious effect [of glorifying] American war-making.” Cunningham contends that the film“reinforces American narcissism about its ‘exceptionalism’ as a nation that is intrinsically good, superior and which has the prerogative to wage wars wherever it deems necessary for its ‘national interests’ regardless of international law or morality.”

"SHOCK AND AWE"
“SHOCK AND AWE” unleashed on Iraq on ‘A PACK OF LIES

Indeed, American Sniper seeks to lionize a monstrous war crime, the lethal effects of which are still being felt today by ordinary Iraqis whose lives have been impacted in horrific ways that we in the sheltered West could not even imagine.Chris Kyle and his heinous sharpshooting undertakings in Iraq illustrate a microcosm of the problem of American militarism as well as the malignant mindset that gives rise to professional killers of his caliber who populate the US military.

Copyright 2015 Brandon Martinez

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American Sniper has warped Americans’ fragile little minds

AdamKokesh

Published on Jan 27, 2015

How does modern propaganda work? How effective is it? Adam blows these issues wide open with an incredible series of man on the street interviews. For the record, this was not a selective group, or even in a particularly conservative or pro-military area. The people you see in this video were the first seven people on the 3rd St Promenade in Santa Monica, California who answered yes to, “Did you see American Sniper? Do you think Chris Kyle is a hero? Would you like to do a quick interview for my YouTube channel?” I was simply seeking a good age and gender variety.

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Brandon Martinez is a freelance writer/journalist from Canada with a specialty in foreign policy, international affairs as well as 20th and 21st century history. He has been blogging for years on the issues of Zionism, Israel-Palestine, American and Canadian foreign policy, war, terrorism and deception in media and politics. He has been an outspoken critic of the farcical "war on terror," the official version of the September 11 attacks as well as other "official" stories and establishment-approved "histories." He is a frequent contributor to Iran's Press TV news service. He can be reached at: martinezperspective@hotmail.com,

8 COMMENTS

  1. British MP, George Galloway vs. U.S Senate (5/17/05)
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    British MP Galloway, falsely accused of taking bribes from Saddam Hussein, tears the US Senate a new one in this exhilarating MSNBC clip that grows more apropos every day — Chris Rasmussen

  2. George Galloway is amazing, he is so focussed and assured that the establishment don’t know how to handle him. And I have that same kind of single minded passion. Over the last few days the Guardian moderators were putting out all my posts but today none of them got out. So it seems that some moderators might like my posts and want to put them out but others don’t. I sometimes wonder if CIA or Mossad assets work as moderators at the UK Guardian website? This world is getting spooky.

  3. That video by Adam Kokesh is simply amazing. I tried to post it on the UK Guardian about 5 times now with no avail, but I will get it out eventually. I’m now going to watch it all over again. A superb find, My CatBird Seat.

  4. I can watch and listen to George Galloway no problem, but I cannot watch more than five minutes of stupid ignorant muppets being asked about the movie, the guy doing the interview is no problem the level of stupid just does my head in!

    • True.

      That video by Adam Kokesh is telling. Americans are often deceptive without meaning to be. To much of the world, they often come across as naive, bumbling innocents in the world of global politics. And on a day-to-day basis, there is much truth to that.

      But an enraged America is a very different character.

      If the general American public ever fully realizes how much death, suffering and hatred THEY have caused in ISRAEL’s name, to say nothing of THEIR own cost in blood and treasure, and the role the organized Jewish community in America has played in that process, the odds are very high that there will be a convulsion that will make the Holocaust look like a garden party — and this, is understood by AIPAC the Israel Lobby and its counterparts. AIPAC and the rest know this, which is why they work so assiduously to stifle any criticism of Israel, and to keep any overt depiction of Israel’s oppression of the Palestinians — from public view in America.

      • good point about the danger confronting the Jewish community, Debbie.

        But reference to the holocaust (please don’t capitalize it; it is far from a ‘proper’ noun) rings hollow: the holocaust ™ narrative/doctrine is a lie, a hoax, a fraud. It was propagandized to the status is has today by the very same methods and sources — Hollywood propagandists — who produced American Sniper, and the effect on Americans is precisely the same.

        The process of deconstructing the holocaust ™ narrative begins with refusing to allow ourselves to make it our frame of reference and also by refusing to be boxed into the frame of “holocaust denial” — to “deny” the holocaust™ narrative gives it more legitimacy than it deserves; one does not “deny” a lie, one confronts it and refutes it with the truth grounded in facts and reality.

  5. deb
    you and other people have said before”oh if americans ever wake up and realize how theyve been used by isreal blah blah blah,,,”
    well, i’ve been following the palestine situation since 1972 and i’ve been intensely studying it now for 8 years and i’m fully absolutely convinced that americans wil NEVER EVER wake up to this reality; they’ve been irretrievably stupified and brainwashed into hopeless submission after being bombarded since the 1960’s, day and night and night and day since birth, by the jewish/israeli mass media, into thinking israel is so virtuous and honorable and the palestinians/arabs are so dishonorable and terroristic.
    mentioned was the after movie survey. i’d like to see a survey done on what americans think of palestinians and israelis/jews.
    i’d bet you if americans were asked to give one word to desribe the first thing that comes into their little minds if they hear the word “palestinian’ they’ll overwhelmingly say “terrorist”.
    they’ll think of israelis as honorable, wanting peace, having the right to defend their land crap, so on and so forth.
    the ONLY CHANCE that these idiots have would be mass systemwide reeducation policies from grammar school thru to college and it just aint gonna happen.
    as vince bugliosi so appropriately said in his masterful work “the prosecution of bush for murder”, “americans are stupid”. and how right he is!
    the lies and truth perversions of the mass media which accounts for their uneducation is never gonna change.
    by the way i havent seen anything from dr sabrosky in a long time. whatever happened as a result to his claim that he informed people at headquarters marine that he’s firmly convinced israel did 0/11?

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