Look, I’m not here to bash or attack Chris Kyle for apparently embellishing the number of awards he received while he served in the Navy. The truth is, Kyle was a very flawed human being (just like many of us are) who still put his life on the line to do a job that’s probably one of the most difficult ones to do in the military. We have an idea of how many people he killed, but we’ll never know how many lives he saved making incredibly difficult decisions in life or death situations. When we honor our veterans and active members of our military, we should do so based on their sacrifice for this country, not for the flaws they may or may not have as “ordinary citizens.”
Chris Kyle is an American hero who was murdered trying to help another veteran overcome PTSD. Granted, he clearly had some personal issues, but it’s been pathetic to see some on the left almost “giddy” in bashing him over the revelation that he apparently lied about being awarded more medals than he actually received as a member of the military. It’s beneath liberals to act this way and only helps give fire to conservatives who like to paint the left as radical and anti-American.
I don’t have to agree with someone’s politics, or even like who they are as a person, to respect the sacrifices they made fighting for this country. Again, who knows how many husbands, wives, sons or daughters are with their families today because of what Kyle did while serving as a Navy SEAL.
Now with that said, former Texas governor Rick Perry’s op-ed claiming this is all some liberal conspiracy partially driven by the last “eight years” (aka the Obama administration) is completely appalling.
Here are a few excerpts from this rambling mess:
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.
This article is part of a disturbing trend in the left-leaning press to undermine the heroism of men and women who are willing to risk their lives in the defense of our nation’s freedom.
For Viet Nam-era veterans, this casually gleeful character assassination is an unpleasant reminder of a time when our military was attacked and undermined by critics on the left.
Perhaps it’s a byproduct of nearly eight years of an arch-liberal in the Oval Office combined with an American population increasingly disconnected from the men and women who serve in the military.
He also went on to call for the complete retraction of the story, claiming it’s nothing but an attempt to defame the late Kyle.
To be honest, I couldn’t care less about how many medals he did or didn’t receive. It doesn’t change what he did while serving his country. If he did, in fact, lie — what does it matter now? This story seemed woefully unnecessary to come out on Memorial Day weekend.
However, for Perry to act as if this story might not be legitimate is absurd. Should it have been written? That’s debatable – but if it’s true, then classless story or not, Kyle did lie. It doesn’t really matter why The Intercept felt this was a “story” worth digging into. The facts are, if they’re right (and there’s still some debate over that), then Kyle did embellish his record and pointing that out isn’t some “liberal conspiracy” fueled by the Obama administration’s behavior over the last few years.
Furthermore, it’s extremely hypocritical for someone like Rick Perry to act so “offended” by this story when he’s endorsing and supporting a presidential candidate who literally said POWs aren’t heroes because they were captured.
The bottom line is, this story could be considered tasteless as it seemingly did nothing but try to tarnish the name of a deceased American hero — but it’s a bit rich to see anyone pretend to be offended by it when they’re supporting a candidate who belittled and mocked POWs.