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    Wednesday, January 28, 2015 The Nugget Newspaper, Sisters, Oregon
‘American Sniper’
in the crosshairs
“American Sniper” has
become a surprise box office
smash, breaking records for
a mid-winter release. Less
surprisingly, it has become a
flashpoint in the culture wars.
For many folks, it’s
a depiction of the skill,
dedication and sacrifice of
American warfighters as rep-
resented by one of the elite:
Navy SEAL sniper Chris
Kyle. For others, the movie
is a glorification of war and
killing that evades taking
responsibility for a bad war.
Clint Eastwood says his
movie is an “anti-war state-
ment,” because it shows the
vast civilian population that
had no personal skin in the
game “what [war] does to the
family and the people who
have to go back to into civil-
ian life like Chris Kyle did.”
Chris Kyle was one of
a long line of country-boy
sharpshooters who made
their mark on American
military history. Some exalt
that heritage and his burly
Texas cowboy persona; oth-
ers find it hard to take. Some
see him as a hero, others as
a remorseless killer who
dehumanized the people in
his crosshairs, calling them
Some scoff at Kyle’s
By Jim Cornelius
insistence that his job was where Eastwood is coming
about saving lives — but from.
that’s what sniper overwatch
The movie elides some
does. Snipers protect sol- aspects of Chris Kyle’s char-
diers or Marines as they go acter that would have made
about the dangerous work for a more complete picture. death, Jesse Ventura won He sure ain’t the first Texas
of patrol or raid in an urban He seems to have made up a defamation suit against cowboy to tell a stretcher or
environment. That said, if some whoppers after return- his estate over a claim that two in a barroom.
you’ve read Kyle’s memoir, ing from war. He claimed Kyle decked Ventura in a
Kyle’s larger-than-life
upon which the movie was to have killed two men who Coronado bar after Ventura persona surely had its por-
based, it’s clear that he rel- tried to carjack him in Texas, allegedly disparaged the war tion of bravado, but he was
ished his work and his skill deploying some kind of get- and Navy SEALs. Ventura also a generous and compas-
with a rifle. He felt competi- out-of-jail-free card from the said it never happened, and sionate man. The irony of
tive with other snipers and Department of Defense to a jury sided with him.
his death is bitter: slain by
he did, indeed, regard those deter law enforcement heat.
Why Kyle felt the need a troubled veteran he had
in his crosshairs as savages. And he allegedly told stories to tell tall tales when he had reached out to and was try-
Why that should shock about traveling in secret to a verified record of excep- ing to help.
anyone is a perplexing ques- New Orleans during Katrina tional combat prowess and
Whether you see Chris
tion. No matter how it’s san- and shooting looters.
fortitude is an open ques- Kyle as a hero or not depends
itized for public consump-
None of that is verifi- tion. The answer may be mostly on the lens you are
tion, no matter how anti- able, and knowledgeable psychologically complicated looking through. But cer-
septic it is rendered by the folks are pretty certain noth- — some need to hold onto tainly he was a man whose
distance afforded by missile ing like these incidents ever to a sense of identity (“The story was worth the telling,
strike or drone, war is still happened. After Kyle’s Legend”) — or maybe not. and Eastwood told it well.
about killing enemies.
And the brutality of the
insurgents and outright
terrorists Kyle and his
comrades fought in Iraq
certainly earned the des-
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80s Dance Night
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Fri 5:00, 7:30
Sat 2:15, 7:30
Sun 1:45, 4:00
Mon-Thurs 4:00, 6:30
Feb. 11th / Wed.
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Sun 3:45 • Mon-Thurs 5:45
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students. A fundraiser for the
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For info call 541-480-6525.
Jan. 31st / Sat.
S�� Grad Committ ee presents
7 PM • $15 adults s
$10 students
4 Peaks
Preview Party!
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Foxcatcher (R)
Theory of
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Fri 4:45 • Sat 1:45, 4:45
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The Imitation
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Fri 4:30, 7:15
Sat 2:00, 4:30, 7:15
Sun 1:30, 4:00
Mon-Thurs 3:45, 6:15
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Black Butte Ranch Fat-bike
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This 2- to 4-person short-track
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advance by February 5, or $25
the day of the event (fat bikes
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Monday~Feb. 9
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For additional inforuation
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y Author Reading,
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day of show. For additional
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10 p.u. for 4 Peaks Preview
Live Music with
Party! $17 online at bendticket. Dinner & Dance with The
Heather & Tom Duo 6 to
Substitutes 6 to 10 p.m. $115.
cou and $20 at the door the
9 p.m. $5 cover. For
For 21 anw over. Celebrate
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chef Cerstin of Bleu Bite.
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Thursday~Feb. 12
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Folk Festival Winter Concert Vineyards
Live Music
Shootout” Basketball
with Foghorn
with The Substitutes
Tournament 8 a.m. start for
& Beth Wood 7 p.m. $20
6 to 9 p.u. $5 cover. For
way-long event. For boys anw
in advance, $25 at the door
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or call 541-526-5075.
to or call
tickets call 541-549-4979 or go
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Listings are subject to change.
District at 541-549-2091.
Submission deadline is
The Open
p Door at
Clearwater Gallery Live
Music! 7 p.m. No cover!
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