Ageing provocateur Michael Moore has been in the firing line recently after attacking the incredible success of the American Sniper film to label all snipers as cowards. Unfortunately for the plus size critic of guns and patriots, it seems this latest publicity stunt has backfired on the big man notorious for having an even bigger mouth.
Many have branded Moore’s comments somewhat pathetic, including Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer, who took great offence to Moore saying, “All snipers cowards who will shoot you in the back.” Before kindly informing everyone, “Snipers aren’t heroes, because his uncle was killed by one in WW2.”
Moore’s tirade against snipers seemingly appears to lack any semblance of rational objectivity or intellectual integrity. As such, it’s business as usual for Moore, whose unique brand of reactionary pontification led to him once announcing that he won’t appear on any TV shows where he might face hostile questioning.
The same Moore who the Slate once reported had pompously established a rapid response team, a fact-checking staff, and some tough lawyers to insulate himself against attack. He’ll sue, apparently, if anyone insults him or his pet.
Yet, it’s just fine and dandy for Moore to label all snipers as “cowards,” but people who plant bombs don’t get a mention. Why? There are plenty of people with innocent relatives who have been blown up. Could it really be as simple to suggest that maybe it’s because there’s a new blockbuster out called American Sniper and not American Bomber?
“I’m sure that his grandfather who died serving this country is rolling over in his grave knowing that his grandson is using him to justify him calling U.S. service men cowards. I’d be willing to bet that at some point during his grandfather’s service, he was watched over by U.S. snipers, and probably had his life saved more than once by U.S. snipers during the war.”
“I served as a Marine sniper for three years, and I believe the film American Sniper depicted what we do perfectly. A sniper’s primary goal is to eliminate ground threats for U.S. guys on the ground. Is that what a coward is? A person whose goal is to save the lives of his warrior brothers. No, cowards are people who didn’t have the guts to serve, and are happy to sit back in a free and protected country and call our service members cowards.”
Addressing the timing of Moore’s offensive tweet, Meyer admitted he found it amusing that Moore only started his “all snipers are cowards” rant after Chris Kyle, on whom American Sniper was based, was killed.
“I find it funny that this Moore guy would only say this after Chris Kyle was killed. I’d have loved to see him say that to Chris’s face.”