“Sniper” Success: Good? Bad? Both?

I am of two minds about the huge box-office success of Clint Eastwood‘s “American Sniper.” On the one hand, I’m glad that the God-and-guns crowd has a movie they can cheer — Hollywood doesn’t throw them bones too often. On the other hand, the movie itself horrifies me. Chris Kyle, upon whom Bradley Cooper‘s character is based, declared in his partly self-authored book that enemy combatants he fought against during the Iraq War are “savages and despicably evil” and that his “only regret is that I didn’t kill more.” As Michael Moore tweeted on Sunday: “snipers aren’t heroes…and invaders [are] worse.”

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