Author Chris Kyle has been dubbed “the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history” because of his 150 confirmed kills in Iraq and Afghanistan. First of all thank you Chris for your service and helping win a war rather than just “attaining the peace.” American Sniper was obviously written by Mr. Kyle and not some slick writer. The sentances are generally short as are the paragraphs, but that gave me the sense of the man who killed so many “savages.” Kyle has taken some heat by referring to our enemies as savages and on one interview that I saw him on he did not step back from the characterization. He was there; he knew what he saw; he knows what they are;
“People say you have to distance yourself from your enemy to kill them. If that’s true, in Iraq, the insurgents made it really easy. My story earlier about what the mother did to her child by pulling the pin on the grenade was only one gresome example. The fanatics we fought valued nothing but their twisted interpretation of religion…most didn’t even pray. Quite a number were drugged up so they could fight us…they routinely used drugs to stoke their courage…I have a tape somewhere showing a father and a girl in a house that was being searched…On the video, the father hides behind the girl, afraid that he’s going to be killed and ready to sacrifice his daughter.”
Chris Kyle is the sort of man you want fighting for our side. His self-portrait isn’t a pretty picture as a husband or father and he favors his team (he is a SEAL) over his family. No one knows how many people Kyle killed, but it is way over the official, confirmed amount. The 150 is on confirmed (withnessed, confirmed dead) sniper kills. Each kill had to be written up in case military lawyers got involved and there were strict rules of engagement…putting our men and women at risk.
Kyle provides just enough action to satisfy the warrior in us non-warriers; provides just enough introspection to allow us a peak into his psyche; provides enough bitching about “head sheds” [higher ups] to make us wonder how we win wars; and illustrates the strong bond between our warriers. One great part of the book was that his wife, Taya, provided some sections that told her side of his four deployments and how she dealt with a man whose priorities were God, country, then family.