CNN: Chris Kyle had no regrets about any of the 160 people he killed as a Navy SEAL sniper during his five combat tours in Iraq. His first kill was a woman who cradled a toddler with one hand and held a grenade in the other.
“I had to do it to protect the Marines,” Kyle told Time magazine a year ago. “You want to lose your own guys, or would you rather take one of them out?”
Kyle, 38, was shot to death Saturday — by a former Marine, police say — while shooting for fun on a Texas gun range. Another veteran was also fatally shot.
Being a Navy SEAL is a hard job. It’s a difficult, messy, sometimes fatal job. Heck, being a regular infantryman in the Army is hard. Shit, just being a fucking cook on a base in Iraq must suck. You’re at the very least away from your country and your family and friends for months at a time, you only get to hang out with dudes all day, and it’s 120 fucking degrees outside. Chris Kyle is an American hero, folks. Whether you support our presence in Iraq or not. This guy didn’t start the war, he’s no politician, he ain’t no senator’s son. At the very LEAST, what you should say is that this man was over there protecting his boys. He was over there watching over the men with smaller arms, closer to the action, pushing the front lines, watching over them and making sure they stayed safe from suicidal grenade-carrying Iraqis. Haven’t you ever seen Apocalypse Now? Yeah, that innocent looking little Vietnamese child with a bowl of rice looks not very threatening, but there’s actually a live grenade in that bowl of rice that she “kindly offered” to the hungry American soldier. Go talk to a Vietnam vet and I’d bet one of them has a story about a friend in Nam that was just playing soccer or something with a couple Vietnamese kids, but really those shitty little kids had a grenade in that soccer ball and were plotting on that soldier the entire time.
It’s not always as simple as “don’t shoot women and children” folks. The protocol really is don’t shoot anyone unless they pose a threat, men included. The fact that Americans spit on the soldiers returning from Vietnam was sickening. Most of those men were following orders, and most of them were forced to do it (selective service). Why are we doing the same thing to soldiers coming home from Iraq? This man is an American HERO and deserves our utmost respect. The fact that you and I consider ourselves unable to pull the trigger on a person, a threat or otherwise, is completely irrelevant. SOMEBODY somewhere has to do it, this guy did it.
SHAME on those of you that take this man for granted, and especially those of you that are using this story as a political ploy to take away the one of the very freedoms that he was protecting, and in fact, HONORING when he was assassinated, especially when you consider the fact that he had an $80,000 bounty on his head, and there was no way in hell that a gun ban would have stopped his murderer from killing him one way or another.
We would like to say thank you to Chris Kyle for serving our country, and giving up so much of his time away from his life protecting the freedoms that we take for granted. Ultimately, it cost him his life. We would like to express our condolences to his family. May he rest in peace.