Shooting people with a rifle at extended ranges is something I am familiar with. There is nothing particularly noble about shooting people with a rifle at several hundred yards. It is merely necessary in war. I was not a sniper but I was a notable marksman and I shot men with a rifle at long ranges. I am not ashamed of that. It was war and it needed doing, but I sure as hell don't want anyone to thank me for it. I hesitate to tell you all that because some fool will think I am boasting or looking for sympathy. Neither is true.
This SEAL was a sniper by trade. He volunteered for that occupational area and stuck with it for a long time. He is reputed to have shot and killed 150. That is a lot of dead people. I don't understand the whole "confirmed kills" thing. Why on earth would you keep track of that? In the airborne force we kept track of the number of jumps you had made. We had little log books for recording them. that had reason behind it. After "X" number of jumps you received more senior rating as a parachutist. Do people who snipe as a trade receive a "senior sniper badge," and then a "master sniper badge?" I don't get it.
And why is the American public so mad for this film? The American people turned their backs on my generation of soldiers. Some of them still think that the army that fought in SE Asia was essentially a criminal enterprise. A neighbor who is an otherwise sensible person told me a while back that "all the good people went to Canada."
And now we have this adulation for a man who was an effective, efficient killing machine. I don't get it.