Chris Kyle: American Sniper | 10 Questions  | TIME

Chris Kyle: American Sniper | 10 Questions | TIME


subtitle Hi, I’m Belinda Luscombe I’m an editor at large at Time magazine Chris Kyle’s a former Navy SEAL. He’s also quite possibly the most lethal sniper in American military history And he’s here today to facing difficulties and muttering of friendly fire with 10 questions at Time magazine Mr.. Kyle thanks for coming. Thanks for having me, so we’ve got this new book American sniper it’s kind of not done amongst new Special Operations guys to talk about your your your stuff Yes, it is kind of frowned upon, so why did you decide to do the book? I wanted to be able to get it out about not the sacrifices that the military members make but the sacrifices that their families have to go through about the Single mothers now raising the children and doing all the day-to-day house chores, but then also Stories about my guys who deserve to be out there They didn’t get the Medal of Honor, so you don’t know about them, but they died heroes and people should know about them I believe that number is a hundred and sixty is the sort of number of Confirmed it’s not sniper kills. Can you tell me what explain what it is to have a confirmed sniper kill all right? Well while you’re on your sniper rifle you take a shot and the guy goes down and you have to have witnesses verify that he is dead and Does it get recorded as part of the battle damage assessment or every time we’d come back we’d have to fill out an assessment of what happened throughout the day the time the place the Caliber used the distance he was what exactly he was doing where he was standing what he was wearing It’s all into detail so and there’s that somewhere we can’t get them out of an ad but somewhere There’s a hundred and sixty of those forms with your name on them Yes, ma’am, what goes through your mind when you’re shooting at a guy. Do you guys the first time of killing someone that? You’re not even sure you can do it I mean you think you can but you never know until you actually put in that position, then you do it, and then you Double thinking yourself like can I really do this, and am I going to be okay, and then you’re asking your leadership Am I cleared hot to be able to do this am I going to be in trouble. You know this guy is really bad And then you’re worried When you get home now the politicians gonna hang you out to dry and put you on trial for murder The first kill that you write about in the book you actually kill a woman, and she has in one hand The hand of her toddler and in the other hand she has a grenade Was that the hardest well that kills you how to do I had to do it to protect the marine so? Do you want to lose your own guys or would you rather take one of them out? Do you have two? sets of kind of Heads and that you have your I’m back in America head, and your I’m at war head Two different people you turn it on and turn it off you a little more aggressive when you’re at work And then when you come home You relax and try to be the different person and my wife always said that when I came home from work I’d take my cape off and float on the Dorcas I’d stubbed my toe or break my toe or something at home, but at work I was fine does your wife still have to say your name before she gets back into bed It’s not as bad, but that was even before I was in the military I’ve always been extremely jumpy when I’m asleep And the reason your wife has to say a name before she gets back into bed. I will come up swinging So depends on how tired if I’m out cold then You can ring doorbell, and I’ll be asleep. I have to ask this question, but are there any kills you regret No Not at all Because they you feel like it was either you killed them or they killed other Americans. Yes, ma’am You know you say in your book actually that most I think I’m quoting in most Americans Can’t handle the reality of war and the reports they they sent back the reports being journalists didn’t help us at all Which actually sounds a lot like Jack Nicholson in a few good men. Did you realize that you can’t handle but? Is that is that how you feel that just works just can see we should just you’re on Jack’s side in this one Yes Ma’am you do not think for the most part the public very soft You live in a dream world you have no idea. What goes on on the other side of the world that the harsh realities that? these people are doing to themselves and then to our guys and there are certain things that need to be done to take care of them now if people but if people did start out with the Impression before they had read your book that You were that a person who had killed? upwards of 150 other people was a violent person Maybe you’d be a blood thirsty person I I’m not sure that the book would free them of that feeling I really don’t care what they think of me I? Mean I’ve got my family. I’ve got my friends. I’m not trying to make new friends and the people who if you actually spend time with me you find out I’m just fun-loving guy No, I yes. I have been trying to be a little more aggressive if I need to be but I don’t go around Dumping people if you never got to kill another person again, would you be okay with it one time? I don’t have to kill to live, but you were good at it. I was decent at it What if killing people turns out to be the thing that you were better at than anything? I know that’s not true I’m a better husband and father than I was killer And I’ve got a job now. I’m pretty good at I’m pretty comfortable with not having to kill anyone now I don’t don’t take deer hunting away from me Chris Kyle thanks so much, thank you You

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