Chris Kyle is a modern-day saint to Republicans, “gun enthusiasts,” and people who like to consider themselves “patriots.” Millions of dollars were made cashing in on the myths and mystique surrounding this guy. The problem for his fans and worshipers, though, is that his entire story is a huge pile of lies. What’s even more embarrassing is that now, even more of his falsehoods have been exposed by none other than the U.S. Navy.
Kyle wrote a book called American Sniper, where he detailed his personal story of how much of a hero he was while glorifying his killing of the Iraqi people. In the book, Kyle said he ended his career with two Silver Stars, and five Bronze Stars, all for “valor.”
New internal documents released by the Navy itself have proven this is a lie. According to the Navy, during his 10 years of service, he only was awarded only one Silver Star and only three Bronze Stars.
Kyle was warned at least one time before his autobiography was published that his medal count indicated was wrong, according to one Navy officer. He was advised by his former commanders who read the manuscript that he should correct the details before going forward with releasing the book. Kyle made a choice to continue with the lie.
This isn’t a slight embellishment. These are very high honors and for him to lie about it is demeaning to everyone who earns them legitimately. Navy SEALs who were interviewed about this fact all felt that the lie was particularly insulting because they considered battlefield embellishments to be extremely dishonorable.
Kyle doubled his own medal count in order to sell a book. A book that was disgusting, because it showed just how much pleasure Kyle took in killing people. He literally ENJOYED it, which is something Republicans will not tell you.
Kyle’s own words from the book where he lied about being a hero:
“You do it until there’s no one left to kill. That’s what war is. I loved what I did… I’m not lying or exaggerating to say it was fun.”
“There’s another question people ask a lot: Did it bother you killing so many people in Iraq? I tell them ‘No.’ And I mean it.”
“I wondered, how would I feel about killing someone? Now I know. It’s no big deal”
It was no big deal, to Kyle, to kill hundreds of people. It was actually fun, according to him. Taking delight in sociopathic tendencies and enjoying the act of killing is bad enough. However, to then write a self-worshipping book in order to enshrine yourself as some kind of American hero for it is the sign of a truly evil person.