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“ "It shows that we're still not ready to have an adult, clear-eyed conversation about the Iraq War. The wounds are still fresh. It's still heavily politicized." Politicized? It was a totally unnecessary and manufactured war. Absolutely nothing political about it. ”

L BarrettNPRFriday, January 23, 2015 4:33 PM

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“ Nothing like glorifying our violent tendencies.

I find it strange that the soldier explains that 'we are not aware of the difficulties they face when they return'?? Many of us knew what tragedies awaited them before they invaded in 2003. We also knew many more innocent Iraqis would die. I protested the war, and still do, while most of these fake Freedom Fighters that support the Iraq wars (1 and 2) are to blame for the disasters. Total immoral disasters. ”

chateau margauxNPRFriday, January 23, 2015 4:59 PM

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“ I think they are being disingenuous.

The Right mostly looks for a way to package things with language. That's the entire point of Propaganda and Orwellian speak.

You shouldn't really think there is a rhetorical argument. They are merely trying to find a way to diminish you. Whatever means they have to take to do that is their avenue.

Of course, people who were against the war had reasons for being against it.

You should never listen to what they Right says. You're supposed to only pay attention to what they do. The Right relies on Machiavellian principles.

The Left are the ones who rely on intellectualism, Enlightenment, and debate for solutions. The Right mostly focuses on controlling the masses through manipulation. It's always been that way and will always be that way. That's part of being Rightist. ”

D ScullyNPRFriday, January 23, 2015 5:14 PM

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“ Right and left lose meaning when you set up the false dichotomy of "right=bad, left=good", which is what you do constantly. A quick survey of your comments on this post show 50% of your comments are focused on setting up an idealized right-left dichotomy without any room for nuance or argument while another 20% are focused on condescending to and belittling other posters. I am tired of your diatribe. Politics cannot be divided into right-left or good-bad. That is simplistic and causes more issues than it solves. At its base right-left is about conservative-progressive opposition, NOT authoritarian-democratic opposition. Right-left comes from the conservative-progressive struggles. Interestingly, the right was originally against division and thought that assembly men should be loyal to supporters and ideals, not political parties. My point is calling everything "right-left" isn't helpful and the way you use it just insulates you from having real conversation and debate. Not very progressive of you. ”

Alex Hissong NPRFriday, January 23, 2015 5:43 PM


The movie American Sniper is a surprise box-office hit, but it has also become a lightning rod. Some critics say the film, based on the life of the late Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, glorifies war. Others say it doesn't accurately portray the real Kyle. Still others say the movie — and the reactions to it — are an example of the deep disconnect between civilians and the military.

The vitriol has been ugly, the story complicated. There is no one truth. But when it comes to war, the most credible sources are often people who've experienced it firsthand.

Former Marine Jacob Schick is a warrior relations specialist with the Brain Performance Institute in Dallas. He has a small part in the movie as one of the veterans Kyle mentors. When Schick was in Iraq in 2004, the Humvee he was riding in hit a tank mine. "It blew right underneath me and then blew me through the top of the Humvee," he recalls. "Their guesstimation is 30 feet, and [I] stuck the landing on my head."

Former Marine Jacob Schick (at right) has a small part in American Sniper as one of the veterans mentored by Chris Kyle