Late American war hero Chris Kyle is in the news again. And it’s nothing good. Documents have surfaced revealing that media darling and universal symbol of badassery lied even more than we previously thought, and about the most holy of subjects: his military record. In a sacrilegious display of stolen valor, Kyle invented not one, not two, but three medals that he never received. Worse still, he was called on his embellished record by his comrades, and decided to run with the lie anyway. And lastly, to put the final nail in the coffin of this travesty of honor, everyone who knew of Kyle’s embellishments was too afraid to speak out against this arrogant fraud of a human being.
I’ve written before about the stunning backlash thrown at anyone and everyone daring to question, let alone criticize, Kyle’s record. This created an environment where the self-styled hero could lie at will about his own accomplishments without facing even the distant possibility of repercussions. And remember, this is a guy who didn’t need to make anything up. Kyle did four deployments, racked up an impressive body count, and legitimately earned four of the seven medals for valor that he claimed. Yet he still decided to lie about an extra three medals, killing car thieves and looters in the US, and punching a poor old veteran in the face. Not because he needed to, but because he wanted to further inflate his ego, and knew no one would stop him.
That, unfortunately, is the power of the war cult. It’s America’s largest religion, the only one that demands human sacrifice. Because of it, untold millions have died in senseless, unjustifiable wars, and whole armies of young men and women have been thrown into the meat grinder of futility, emerging dead, maimed, scarred, suicidal, broken. All because you can’t even ask questions in the war cult.
A racist, gleeful killer rises to fame and fortune through an autobiography, and later feature film, full of lies about his military record, his service, and his civilian life, including about his supposed charity donations to fellow veterans. His lies are egregious enough that he is successfully sued for defamation. The company he started is sued by investors for his embezzlement of their money. The guy even wore a plagiarized skull symbol to represent his relishing of death. And this is your hero? Thank the war cult.