If you saw the movie, American Sniper, it would be difficult not to feel a great empathy for this American patriot and hero. I was personally dismayed when a report surfaced that impugned his reputation, stating that he misrepresented his medal count in his bestselling autobiography. For the life of me I could not understand why a such an heroic person would need to “upgrade” his heroism by adding medals to his portfolio that were not earned.
I am pleased to report that the authors of the article impugning Kyle’s reputation were wrong. I am even more pleased to report the full-throated defense of his record by former Texas Governor Rick Perry.
Perry unambiguously states that the report in The Intercept is a bunch of bull. The governor dismissed the report as “inaccurate,” “slanted representation” of Kyle’s military experience. In an “eloquent” statement, Perry says, “The most recent snake to peek its head up from the muck is a writing team for a leftwing publication whose only knowledge of the military was likely acquired while Googling derogatory slogans to scrawl on protest signs.” That statement is right up there with Keats and Shelly!
“All told,” Kyle wrote in his autobiography, “I would end my career as a SEAL with two Silver Stars and five Bronze Stars.” Matthew Cole and Sheelagh McNeill reported that Kyle earned only one Silver Star and three Bronze Stars.
Perry explained that the “journalists” should have consulted Kyle’s DD-214 record. The governor says that the DD Form, or Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, provides the most accurate account of one’s military record. As for Kyle’s DD-214, it gives him an even more impressive list of achievements: Two Silver Stars and six Bronze Stars, ALL FOR VALOR – Cole and McNeill also would need to Google the term “valor” as it likely occurs nowhere in their lexicon.
Too many on the left would prefer that we did not even have a military. They believe that they can verbally create a “safe space” that encompasses the 50 states. How wrong they are.
Although the following poem by Rudyard Kipling is about British soldiers (Tommies), it beautifully portrays the left-wing thinking about the need for military forces. Take a listen.