Skip to comments.New Republic Writer Admits To Not Seeing American Sniper, Writes About It Anyway
Posted on 01/19/2015 4:21:29 AM PST by Kaslin
The left-wing criticism of American Sniper was to be expected. Frankly, its not worth responding to the vast majority of these criticisms. Yet, if you have a piece from a left-leaning publication, like the New Republic, where the author admits to not even seeing the film, and then ends it with an analysis about the Iraq War; mockery is justified, albeit for a brief time.
Recently, Dennis Jett wrote a piece about American Sniper for the Republic. Theres just one problem; He didnt see the movie:
I have not seen American Sniper. But if the trailer is any indication, Eastwoods film, like Zero Dark Thirty, tries to make a straightforward situation more complex than it is.
But anyone who has read Kyles autobiography of the same title knows that his bravado left no room for doubt. For him, the enemy are savages and despicably evil. His only regret is that he didnt kill more. He laments that there were rules of engagement, or ROE, which he describes as being drafted by lawyers to protect generals from politicians. He argues instead for letting warriors loose to fight wars without their hands tied behind their backs. At another point, he boasts that the unofficial ROE were pretty simple: If you see anyone from about sixteen to sixty-five and theyre male, shoot em. Kill every male you see.
That kind of thinking, compared to Kyle's portrayal by Eastwood, prompted Lindy West to write an article for The Guardian asking, The real American Sniper was a hate-filled killer. Why are simplistic patriots treating him as a hero? One answer to that question: Because many Americans are unable to accept that nothing was won in Iraq, and that the sacrifices Kyle and others made were not worth it. More fundamentally, treating Kyle as a patriot and ignoring any other possibility allows Americans to ignore the consequences of invading a country that had no weapons of mass destruction, had nothing to do with 9/11, and had no meaningful ties to Al Qaeda (our invasion, of course, changed that).
A recent study estimates there were 461,000 war-related "excess" deaths in Iraq between 2003 and mid-2011. If true, President George W. Bush may be responsible for the deaths of more Iraqi civilians than Saddam Hussein was. But Bush is not solely culpable. We live in a democracy where the people elect the government, and therefore citizens cannot escape the blame for what it does. In that sense, it is not just Kyle who pulled the trigger. We all did.
But, have no fear; the publication issued a correction. It did not un-publish this non-film review, but noted that the byline was messed up.
Correction: A previous version of this article featured the wrong byline. The author is Dennis Jett, not Dennis Ross.
But, lets hear from Director Clint Eastwood, who is not happy that some are trying to portray his movie as jingoistic or a pro-war film:
I think thats a stupid analysis, the American Sniper director growls from New York, when asked about the buckshot his new movie is taking, from critics who believe hes celebrating war, killing and jingoism.
David Edelstein of New York Magazine calls the film, opening Friday in Toronto, a Republican platform movie even as he praises it as a crackerjack piece of filmmaking. Lindy West of the Guardian newspaper bemoans simplistic patriots who applaud Eastwoods portrait of Navy SEAL shooting ace Chris Kyle, played by Bradley Cooper.
Pardon me for sounding defensive, but it certainly has nothing to do with any (political) parties or anything, Eastwood, 84, tells the Star.
These fellows who are professional soldiers, Navy personnel or what have you, go in for a certain reason. Their commander-in-chief (U.S. President Barack Obama) is a Democrat and the administration is, and theres no political aspect there other than the fact that a lot of things happen in war zones.
The things that happen in war zones usually involve killing. The killing of men, women, and children, which at times, is carried out by extremely brutal methods. The film captures one such instance. Its quite unsettling.
You can debate amongst yourselves, but I left the theater feeling that American Sniper wasnt a pro-war movie. It did capture the sacrifices endured by the men and women who serve, along with their families.
Bradley Cooper, who plays Chris Kyle in the film, told the Daily Beast that this is a character study about the plight of being a soldier:
My hope is that if someone is having a political conversation about whether we should or should not have been in Iraq, whether the war is worth fighting, whether we won, whether we didnt, why are we still there, all those [issues], that really—I hope—is not one that they would use this movie as a tool for, Cooper told The Daily Beast, when asked about those targeting Kyles temperament. And for me, and for Clint, this movie was always a character study about what the plight is for a soldier. The guy that I got to know, through all the source material that I read and watched, and home videos—hours and hours—I never saw anything like that. But I cant control how people are gonna use this movie as a tool, or what they pick and choose whatever they want. But it would be short-changing, I think. If its not this movie, I hope to god another movie will come out where it will shed light on the fact of what servicemen and women have to go through, and that we need to pay attention to our vets. It doesnt go any farther than that. Its not a political discussion about war, even…Its a discussion about the reality. And the reality is that people are coming home, and we have to take care of them.
Right now, the latest anti-American Sniper salvos from lefties is that this film is somehow similar the mock Nazi propaganda movie shown in Quentin Tarantinos Inglorious Bastards.
I loved the movie American Sniper. However, I have seen conservatives write about movies without seeing it too. We do that all the time. lol. I don’t think this is anything new.
That’s why liberals are called “low-information voters”. They don’t need facts. They have already decided that Obamacare is good (even if they have to pass the law to find out what’s in the law), that the American Sniper movie is bad (the director once made fun of the lazy communist in our White House), that cow farts are making sea level rise, and that we need more government to solve the problems created by big government.
We saw it yesterday and it was one of the best I have ever seen. Clint Eastwood is going to make libs heads spin like that in the Exorcist.
Can’t wait to see it myself but it’ll have to be on Direct TV or I buy the DVD. I refuse to go to the theater to see movies... to many idiots, to many cell phones, constant texting, ringtones going off and just plain rude folks.
islam = satan’s death cult
allah = satan
Leftwing communists (and islamos) will always defend satan and attack God and His absolute morals and values.
Dennis Jett is an unpatriotic psychopomp, just like his Dear Leader.He obviously is so high up the ladder of academe that he does not to need to see a movie to comment on it; he does not want to subject his liberal fascist idealism to the truth in fear that it will be shaken.
This is the quintessential definition of a Saul Alinsky touting unpatriotic coward of the first order. Jett’s culture fits right in with the rest of the current US State Department leftist whacko mavins, who would sooner trade Libyan arsenal weapons with Al Qaeda in Syria at Benghazi, than support heroes like Chris Kyle.They let four die in Benghazi.
No Mr. Jett....just take a long walk off a short pier.
Eff Jett and the horse he rode in on.He is ugly because the People refuse to be manipulated by the likes of him. The box office is a horrible slap in the face to Jett and his ilk, and good on that!
I thought it was a great Pro American film which seems to be really rare nowadays
Surprised Selma wasn’t contrasted,,
Well the theater in which I watched was silent the entire movie. Really. Nobody got up and left - ever.
At the end, the whole place was silent. The only sound heard was of occasional sniffling. I’ve never seen a movie like that and I’ve never seen any audience’s reaction anything like that either.
This is not a regular movie. People aren’t talking about their favorite parts or anything as they leave. People are just silently filing out - mostly with eyes down.
I didn’t know what to expect other than to expect a solid acting performance - which it was.
It wasn’t “fun”. But I am thankful I had the opportunity to see what so many Americans and so many family members have lived.
It was surely pro God, Country, and family. It has been forever since something like that was out!
One difference is if the movie critic or writer is getting paid a salary - by all ethical standards, he should see the movie. It’s different on threads like this.
I call them ignorant voters
My son and I went to see it Saturday afternoon. We both got tears in our eyes at the end of the movie. I might go see it again next weekend afternoon and will probably buy the DVD when it comes out
My 3 letter review.....WOW. Wifey and I saw it yesterday. We were totally sucked in, even though we knew the ending. Great tribute to soldier Kyle and his family.
Great film. But why was Kyle always wearing a helmet liner while everyone else was wearing pots?
The best comment at the original article...
-DanMarlow 2 days ago-
I wish I were one of your students... “I haven’t read the assignment, but based on the syllabus...”
I don’t want to mention parts of the movie for those who haven’t seen it but there are 3 glaring inaccuracies in it. I felt that was a bit unnecessary since the book was compelling enough and there were parts they could have included that would maintain the integrity and not sacrifice drama.
Since when does knowing nothing about a subject prevent a liberal from claiming to be an expert on it?
Got an example?
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