BEFORE we open up a can of worms about Chris Kyle the person, let’s NOT forget the accomplishments of Chris Kyle the soldier. Whatever he may have said, or however his attitude or behavior was about what he did, let’s keep in mind one important proven fact: he saved many American lives. He kept his Marines alive and protected them from harm, from above, with lethal effectiveness.
I am a huge critic of what i would consider unnecessary collateral damage. You have read many of my posts taking to task our military leaders, and other armed forces like the IDF for callous disregard for human life in the line of duty. I have strong opinions about #AllLivesMatter.
However, realistically, I have to cut Kyle some slack. In his line of work, a split-second flinch or a weak stomach can and will cost lives of brave US soldiers in hot zones. He could not afford to take the time to armchair quarterback his own plays. I don’t doubt that his trigger finger has taken a few innocent lives, especially considering his record-breaking kill-rate. Anyone who has been in live combat theater knows how it goes down in the thick of it. Everyone else can shut up before their ignorance shames their pride.
I won’t say that Chris Kyle was a saint. It wasn’t his job to be one. I will say that he was a hero, for doing his job, and doing it very effectively. If I find myself clearing blocks door-to-door, I would want the Legend keeping watch over me, no questions asked. We will disagree on many perspectives for sure, but I still respect and honor his service to our country. He saved far more good American lives than he cost in collateral damage. War isn’t clean. That’s why we don’t REALLY want to talk about important issues like PTSD. We don’t really want to deal with the ugliness of war. Don’t want our brave troops having to make fucked up choices?? Don’t send them into fucked up situations.