While American Libs Simpered About “Racist” American Sniper, Iraqis Flocked To The Theater To Watch It

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Left-wingers continue to seethe about the success of the record-breaking blockbuster American Sniper. Not content to see it as a compelling story about a soldier who was damn good at his job, and struggled to reintegrate when he came home, they see it as an opportunity to bloviate against the Iraq war and the type of people who served in it.

In short, it has allowed the “pro-military” mask to slip off of their simpering, insincere faces, because they are anything but. They’ve proved it with their dishonest criticisms of Chris Kyle who they continue to insult with willful distortions.

No, Kyle did not call all Iraqis “savages.” And the fact that the movie sold out in Baghdad theaters when it was released, suggests that most Iraqis don’t think he did, either.

But some NBC idiot went on Morning Joe Thursday morning to perpetuate that false narrative about The American Sniper,  going so far as to say that Kyle was a “racist” who went on “killing sprees.”

Ayman Mohyeldin is an NBC foreign correspondent who formerly worked for Al Jazeera (which like the Obama administration refuses to link Islamic terrorism to Islam.)

To Joe Scarborough and Willie Geist’s credit, they pushed back against his slander.

 

Via Newsbusters:

More to Willie Geist’s point, Kyle was calling people like the sadistic animal who tortured people with an electric screwdriver, savages.

What do you call people who don’t know the difference between the brutal terrorists and normal Iraqi civilians — other than morally confused apologists for terrorism?

Meanwhile, American Sniper debuted to sold-out theaters in Baghdad when it was released in Iraq.

It seems, Iraqis didn’t find the movie as morally ambiguous as left-wing critics did:

“When [Chris Kyle] was hesitating to shoot [the child holding the RPG] everyone [in the theater] was yelling ‘Just shoot him!’” said Gaith Mohammed, an Iraqi in his 20s interviewed by the Global Post.

“Some people watching were just concentrating, but others were screaming ‘F*ck, shoot him! He has an IED, don’t wait for permission!!’” Mohammed laughed, recounting the film’s many tense scenes when US Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle, played by Bradley Cooper, radios in for authorization to take out a potential threat in his crosshairs.

The Global Post reporter asked Mohammed if he thought the movie was “racist or anti-Arab,” and his answer is telling:

“No, why? The sniper was killing terrorists! The only thing that bothered me was when he said he didn’t know anything about the Quran!”

The 20-something Mohammed sheds light on why the movie might be so popular: “I love watching war movies because, especially now, they give me the strength to face ISIS.”

Mohammed’s answer reminds me of what former Air Force Major Mike Banzet wrote in his  book, A Flowershop in Baghdad, which I reviewed here.

Some of the Iraqis he worked with, had been members of the Ba’ath party during the Saddam Hussein years and were officers in his Air Force. His new friends had fought against us during the Gulf War – not that they were fans of Saddam Hussein, or sorry to see him go.. Others lived in areas that were sometimes mortared by the Americans. There were near misses, and sometimes houses blown up. Yes, the Americans occasionally made mistakes.

In spite of all that – what do you suppose the Iraqis called the  “American imperialist warmongers”?

“The Friendly side.”

The not-so-friendly sides included horrific terrorist groups like al Qaeda in Iraq (the pre-curser to ISIS) and militants like the Badr Brigades. Most Iraqis wanted nothing to do with the terrorists. They were glad the Americans were there to protect them.

In one very effecting vignette, Banzet described a day he went to work and found the office in a state of panicked chaos.

“Most of the guys were on their phones, urgently talking,” Banzet remembers. Worry creased their faces as they talked to loved ones at home. He asked what was going on and was told, “there are bad things happening in the neighborhoods.”

Asad had gotten off the phone, but Wahid was still calmly, forcefully directing someone. Asad looked at me, pain in his eyes, anguish on his face, and his English eloquence failed him. “They took someone and now Nassera says that she hears guns coming down the street.

Some men had broken into a home and abducted the cousin of the owner. Banzet left the office to brief an American intel officer about what was happening, and see if he had any ideas. When he got back to the office – the room was noticeably calmer. It turns out, hummers were involved. That ruled out some of the more barbaric terrorists. But one of the Shia militant brigades was known to use hummers, so there was still a great deal of concern, and Banzet went back to talk to the intel guy. When he returned the third time, he said it was like walking into an episode of the Twilight Zone.

The guys were back at work, typing on the computers, drinking tea, and chatting.

The completely bewildered Banzet asked Assad what was going on.

“I’m sorry my friend. It was the Americans,” he grinned, clapping Banzet on the shoulder and returning  to his work.

The Mansour Mall, an upscale theater in Baghdad, pulled the movie a week after its release, allegedly “because the hero of this film boasts of killing more than 160 Muslims.”

It was more likely out of fear of reprisals from the ISIS terrorists who have taken over large swaths of Iraq since Obama pulled out all of the US troops.

 

Trey Gowdy Not Backing Down on Benghazi – Plans To Question Hillary (Video)

House Benghazi Select Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy said Wednesday he won’t be deterred by Democrats on the committee who are trying to undermine the investigation.

Via The Washington Examiner:

Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, the panel’s top Democrat, has accused Gowdy of operating a “partisan investigation” over the past eight months by holding secret meetings with witnesses and then withholding or downplaying information from those interviews “that undermines allegations the committee is investigating.”

In Wednesday letter to Gowdy, the committee’s five Democrats objected to his plan to go forward with 22 “unilateral and unnecessary” subpoenas to State Department officials without any committee debate or vote.

But Gowdy said that Democrats have refused multiple times to accept a negotiated rules package over demands for veto power over subpoenas. He added he’s tried to work out a compromise but that Democrats have refused.

“I am unwilling to let the minority party veto subpoenas when it is clear they have prejudged the outcome of the investigation,” Gowdy said. “The minority has repeatedly indicated it is unwilling to issue any subpoenas. If subpoenas are necessary for the committee to talk to relevant witnesses or access relevant documents, they will be issued.”

Gowdy went On the Record with Greta Van Susteren Wednesday night to talk about the dispute with Democrats on the panel, and his intention of interviewing Hillary Clinton as soon as the State Department produces “the documents, cables and emails” he’s requested.

“I have questions on all three tranches,” Gowdy told Greta. “Starting with the designation of our facility in Benghazi which met no security standards whatsoever – so – why was it open?” Gowdy noted that it’s part of a Sec. of State’s job to personally review the security of these facilities.

He also said he would ask about how she answered her “3:00 phonecall.”

“I think it’s fair to ask, ‘Madam Secretary what did you do during the pendency of those attacks.'”

And finally, he would ask about the talking points and why Susan Rice went on the Sunday talk shows to push a false narrative instead of her.

As for the Rep. Cummings’ complaint that Republicans on the committee have been meeting with witnesses “in secret” Gowdy countered that the Democrats have almost certainly been doing the same – with Hillary Clinton herself, for example.

Gowdy explained that there are some whistleblowers who don’t want to go on the record with what they know – (presumably out of fear of retaliation from the Obama administration.)

“When somebody comes up to you and says, ‘I will only talk to you, I will not give my name, I don’t want to be a witness but I do want you to know what I have…’ my choice is to either say ‘I’m not interested to hear what you have’ or my choice is to violate their confidentiality and their security…”

 

Our Weasel Of The Week!!

Fanfare, everyone!It’s time to present this week’s statuette of shame, The Golden Weasel!!

Every Tuesday, the Council nominates some of the slimiest, most despicable characters in public life for some deed of evil, cowardice or corruption they’ve performed. Then we vote to single out one particular Weasel for special mention, to whom we award the statuette of shame, our special, 100% plastic Golden Weasel. This week’s nominees were all slime-worthy,but in the end the winner by a nose was….the envelope please…

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Legend In His Own Mind And Rotund Radical Rabble Rouser Michael Moore!!

Nice Deb : Well, I thought Michael Moore dodged the weasel bullet, last week, after we allowed him to get away with several obnoxious statements about the movie American Sniper. He eventually backtracked a bit – but over the weekend, he came back with a vengeance.

Via Ace of Spades: Michael Moore: When You Think About It, I’m the Real Hero, Not That Coward Chris Kyle







The other weasel nominees have their work cut out for them, I think.

My my, did they ever! And it was a pretty tough field , too. But ultimately, Moore’s arrogance and long experience as a radical who hates everything good about his own country won out.

Whether it’s his faux “working man” pose while being a hugely wealthy employer who cheats his own workers and indulges in union busting, his 9/11 Trutherism , his cynical use of ‘Mother Sheehan’ for fun and profit, or his yammering about the evils of capitalism ( while amassing a $50 million fortune and a total of 9 luxury homes),  Michael Moore is one hefty hypocrite..and I’m not just talking about his poundage.This is the same man who produced a documentary, ‘Bowling For Columbine’ about the evils of gun ownership who spends literally thousands of dollars on private armed private security.

This particular instance of weaseldom is par for the course for Michael Moore…insulting far better men who actually risk their lives protecting his rotund, squishy physique. Ah, well. Come and get your Weasel Mr. Moore. You won it fair and square.

Well, there it is! 

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