#MilitaryMonday: A Former Marine’s Review of American Sniper

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Answer by Jon Davis, Sergeant of Marines, on Quora.

As far as I know, I’m the only reviewer, so far, who was present in Iraq during the time Kyle was there. My first base, Al Taqaddum was about thirty minutes from Fallujah, the location of much of the story. I really don’t like seeing war movies about Iraq because, like “The Hurt Locker” and “Brothers”, they are critically acclaimed by millions who never took part in the wars, but create ridiculously stereotypical caricatures of real people who deserve more respect, and are abysmal failures of research into the actual military methodology that deserves more understanding. To me, movies like this are just riding waves of war curiosity and civilian guilt while telling their over-sensationalizedstory, rather than any semblance of a real story — essentially, an insult to anyone who actually took part in the conflict while making…

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