ELIANA BENADOR: AMERICAN SNIPER AND THAT ELUSIVE LOVE OF AMERICA

In hindsight, it was as if by design, pieces of the puzzle fit together beautifully as Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the opening of an American war american-sniperepic “American Sniper” and the State of the Union coincided in the same week.

It took two men who never met but have now united for the same endeavor.  One, Chris Kyle, murdered too young to tell his story worthy of a film. The other, Clint Eastwood.  Together they have told that story in a masterful film, acclaimed by the public at large.

It’s as if though the man who with his job saved so many lives, was rising from his tomb to antagonize his anti-patriotic Commander-in-Chief.  Thanks to Clint Eastwood, Chris Kyle took one last imaginary “shot,” as audiences who had just watched “American Sniper,” could not avoid having hard times comparing the two men, Kyle and Obama.

As Daniel Heninger wrote: ” Watching a movie about a Navy SEAL who served four tours fighting in Iraq was not the best way to enhance the experience of a Barack Obama speech. As a matter of fact, it was pretty unbearable.”

And, so, Obama’s State of the Union came and went.  

But, we would be remiss if we did not review the democratic president’s record of unfinished businesses with the country.

The massacre of Fort Hood, where the Muslim terrorist infiltrator, Nidal Malik Hassan, massacred 13 people and wounding 32 others in a 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood. He was sentenced to death back in August 2013. Prior to his 2013 trial and conviction, from 2009-2013, Nidal Hasan collected nearly US$300,000 in military salary. For him, the Obama Administration invented a new term to whitewash the terrorist attack at Fort Hood: Workplace violence. With which no Purple Heart could be given to the dead, thus blocking their families from receiving financial help usually given to those killed in action. Despite the death sentence, Nidal Malik Hassan, is still in prison, alive and well. Obstruction of justice?

The massacre of Seal Team 6 in Afghanistan. On the night of May 1, 2011, their Commander-in-Chief proudly announced that Osama Bin Laden had been killed by commandos of the elite Seal Team 6, so revealing their until then unknown existence, in flagrant violation of the secrecy imposed to guarantee their safety as well as the success of their risky missions. Then, on Aug. 6, 2011, a military helicopter— Extortion 17— carrying thirty-eight men was shot down by the Taliban in a territory controlled by the terrorists in eastern Afghanistan. They navy seals had been on a top secret mission to take out a high-value target. Their case has no closure despite that obvious reasoning indicates that it may have been an insider job from the Obama Administration. Obstruction of justice?

The massacre of Benghazi. Equally unresolved is the massacre perpetrated by Muslim terrorists from the Ansar Brigades against the American embassy in Benghazi. The American Ambassador Christopher Stevens and his security were massacred. Previous demands by the Ambassador for additional security went repeatedly denied and Obama’s actions, or inactions, amounted to dereliction of duty, and worse.Unsatisfactory congressional hearings, and a lack of trust in the congressional investigation of Benghazi prompted the formation of the Citizens’ Commission on Benghazi in 2013. The tragedy of Benghazi has entered history with the words of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who on Jan. 23, 2013, testified to a Senate Committee investigating the massacre. Clinton replied “What’s the difference?” when questioned about why and how the Ambassador and three other Americans were left on their own to be murdered by Islamic Terrorists. A compliant media and press have aided the Democrats in their cover up all along. There is much more which for space constraints we are unable to enumerate. More obstruction of justice?

There are many more wrongdoings by the Obama Administration of course. The most recent: Obama’s Pentagon will send American 400 troops to train Syrian terrorists….  Is that what the American taxpayers want their hard earned dollars to be invested in, training terrorists who the Obama Administration cherishes to call “moderate?”

No protests have been heard.

Where is the American people?

Weeks ago, a massacre took place in Paris against the weekly Charlie Hebdo and during three days, 17 defenseless people were murdered.

What did the French do? They were revolted. Their authorities felt their fury and their rage.

That’s why President Francois Hollande hastened scheduling the Paris march four days later. He knew the French people would not just talk, complain and cry silently in their homes.

After all, they surely must have some genes left from their forefathers, the revolutionaries that gave their blood and their lives to improve their lifestyles and to guarantee the well-being of generations that came after them.

In fact, while appeasing his people, Hollande hijacked the march into a peace-seeking compromise-with-the-enemy rather than using that opportunity to assert France’s need for safety and for the survival of its national interests. “Unity” was their slogan but it was far from “unity” among French.  It was more about unity with Islam.  

While France is millennia old, America is comparatively a toddler country with no real commitment towards their own people.  

The seeds of such behavior may be found in the liberal essence on which the country was based to begin with.  

This could be the only explanation to why Americans are not massively protesting over 45 million people on food stamps, or about over third of the population who are unemployed, with no employment, and other like-terminology, etc..  

With their silence, they are allowing the administration to send millions and billions to “help” other countries and other causes.  

Independence war for America was against paying taxes to a far away king, but it was not a usual revolution by any length.

As Alexis de Tocqueville wrote in the 19th century:  “The great advantage of the American, is that he has arrived at a state of democracy without having to endure a democratic revolution and that he is born free without having to become so.”

Freedom was more a matter of birthright and not of conquest, so liberalism has been ingrained in the genes of Americans as one of the presuppositions of life.

While no social revolution on their history may be seen as beneficial, it is also a major handicap in the life of the American, who has no sense of the role of catastrophe in social change.

Instead, Americans are gradualists and they are confident that nearly all problems can be solved via discussions and debates, especially now in the make-believe era of social networking.  

Naturally, the level of indifference among the population continues deteriorates by the day and, silently, they are giving in to an unofficial tyranny.

When tragedy after tragedy has happened to the American military, Americans have been unable to react in a meaningful way.

Indeed, regardless of the political system, anywhere in the world the real power emanates from the people and it’s called the Power of the People.  

Comes to mind how the mostly ignorant masses of Egyptians who were committed enough to change and succeeded with peaceful stand up rallies at Tahrir Square.  Good for them.

Patriotism is what the masses of a country feel as their guts are revolted to see one of them miserably massacred.

Audiences have been captivated by “American Sniper,” and there was a reason for that.  

They are caught by a feeling that’s beyond description, because Clint Eastwood’s film is not only about war, it’s also about the patriotism which is still there, hiding in the heart of each American.

©ElianaBenador

Eliana Benador 2015Eliana Benador, contributor to TheBlaze, is a strategic geopolitical risk consultant, opinion writer, former founder of Benador Associates. Her website is www.elianabenador.com. You may follow her at @ElianaBenador on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook.