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January 22, 2015 4:55 PM

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Having seen American Sniper last night, I came away stunned by the controversy over the film. As The Washington Post summarizes, a billboard for the film in West Hollywood was spray-painted with the word “murderer,” Michael Moore has claimed that snipers are “cowards” not “heroes,” Seth Rogen has likened it to a Nazi propaganda film show in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds, and some have even compared Chief Petty Officer Chris Kyle to the very jihadist terrorists that he fought.

Listening to the criticism you would think that American Sniper was a mindless, pro-Iraq War movie. That’s not the movie I saw. Almost entirely apolitical, American Sniper had nothing to say one way or the other about whether the Iraq War was worth fighting and even showed Chris Kyle’s younger broth...

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