Jennifer Kabbany - Fix Editor

Dennis Jett, a professor of international affairs at Penn State University, took time out of his busy schedule recently to pontificate from his cushy, Ivory Tower vantage point on “American Sniper” Chris Kyle.

He admits he did not see the movie, but writes in The New Republic the film makes a “straightforward situation more complex than it is.” Essentially he argues, as the title of his piece suggests, “The Real ‘American Sniper’ Had No Remorse About the Iraqis He Killed.”

But the film portrays how complex, confusing, stressful, horrific and gut-wrenching war is, not only from the warrior’s standpoint, but for the wife and kids at home, too.

Nevertheless, Jett bloviates:

… Bradley Cooper, who plays Kyle, seems beset by uncertainty and moral anxiety in the above scene. But anyone who has read Kyle’s autobiography of the same title knows that his bravado left no room for doubt. For him, the enemy are savages and despicably evil. His only regret is that he didn’t kill more. He laments that there were rules of engagement, or ROE, which he describes as being drafted by lawyers to protect generals from politicians. He argues instead for letting warriors loose to fight wars without their hands tied behind their backs. At another point, he boasts that the unofficial ROE were pretty simple: “If you see anyone from about sixteen to sixty-five and they’re male, shoot ‘em. Kill every male you see.”

That kind of thinking, compared to Kyle’s portrayal by Eastwood, prompted Lindy West to write an article for The Guardian asking, “The real American Sniper was a hate-filled killer. Why are simplistic patriots treating him as a hero?” One answer to that question: Because many Americans are unable to accept that nothing was won in Iraq, and that the sacrifices Kyle and others made were not worth it. More fundamentally, treating Kyle as a patriot and ignoring any other possibility allows Americans to ignore the consequences of invading a country that had no weapons of mass destruction, had nothing to do with 9/11, and had no meaningful ties to Al Qaeda (our invasion, of course, changed that). …

Ironically, it is Jett who is guilty of making a “straightforward situation more complex than it is.” Kyle was an American hero who served his country honorably and saved lives.

We can debate until we are blue in the face about going to war in Iraq – but as Kyle pointed out in the movie: Would you rather radical Islamists come to New York or San Diego to wage their war?

Not only that, Kyle was out there saving American lives, but Jett tries to throw him under the bus as some sort of bloodthirsty killer. That is not the case.

“American Sniper” is a movie that tells the story of the emotional journey of our service men and women who go to war, and it isn’t pretty, and it leaves them at best scarred and at worst dead.

But leftist elitists can’t help but portray it in a light that paints America and the military as the aggressors that get what they deserve.

Jett’s comments remind me of the Charlie Hebdo killers’ sympathizers – who said the satirists had it coming for making fun of Mohammad. Meanwhile, guys like Kyle are out there risking their lives – and dying – to protect Jett’s right to say it.

Jennifer Kabbany is editor of The College Fix (@JenniferKabbany)

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You know things are bad when California Gov. Jerry “Moonbeam” Brown even declares “normal” students can’t get into UC Berkeley. To be fair, he didn’t mean it that way.

Inside Higher Ed reports:

California Governor Jerry Brown this week said the state’s flagship — the University of California at Berkeley — has closed its doors to “normal” people.

The remark, one of Brown’s characteristically blunt assertions, taps into years of concern that the state’s most prestigious universities are increasingly out of reach for many Californians.

Brown said that back in his day (he entered Berkeley in 1960) he and his two sisters could get into the University of California at Berkeley without much worry. So could his nieces and grand-nieces. But things have changed at Berkeley, he said.

“It just feels that whatever used to belong to the normal people of California – assuming the Brown extended family is normal – it’s not available anymore,” Brown said during a Board of Regents meeting this week. “And so you got your foreign students and you got your 4.0 folks, but just the kind of ordinary, normal students, you know, that got good grades but weren’t at the top of the heap there – they’re getting frozen out.”

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Claiming Islam is a misunderstood and vilified religion, journalism students have penned a book in the name of clearing up what they say are misconceptions about the faith.

“One Hundred Questions and Answers About Muslim Americans” is a booklet published recently as part of Michigan State University’s School of Journalism’s “cultural competence” series.

“This guide has sections [on] culture, language, religions, social norms, politics, history, politics, families and food,” explains the booklet’s description.

“At the beginning of the course, we agreed that there were several misconceptions about Muslim Americans,” Kate Kerbrat, a senior at MSU who helped write the guide last semester along withMuslimbook other students, told the Detroit Free Press. “A lot of people spread misinformation about Islam in order to scare people and vilify the religion.”

Among the questions the book attempts to answer:

* How do I say “Muslim?”
* What is the difference between Islam and Muslim?
* Who is Allah?* Who is Muhammad?
* How many Muslims are there around the world?
* Where do most of the world’s Muslims live?
* Are most Arabs in the world Muslim?
* How many Muslims are there in the United States?
* Are most Muslims in the United States immigrants?
* What are the major countries of origin for American Muslims?
* What are the fundamental components of Islam?
* What is the Quran?
* What the Quran say about Jesus?
* What does the Quran say about peace and violence?
* How does one become Muslim?
* What is the difference between Shia and Sunni Muslims?

“It’s the latest guide by a journalism class at MSU that seeks to inform about various groups, including East Asian Americans, Latinos and Arab Americans. This month, the class will start work on a guide about Jewish Americans,” the Free Press reports.

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The Wellness Center at the publicly funded Central Washington University has scheduled a “fashion show” in which student models will wear outfits made entirely out of condoms.

The event, scheduled for Feb. 10, complements the university’s “Love Glove” program, in which it doles out free condoms to students.

“Each member of Love Glove Club is allowed up to 20 condoms each quarter and we have extra items such as lubrication, dental dams, and female condoms that are available upon request,” states the Wellness Center’s website.

As for the condom fashion show, “each team will be given 600 condoms with which to create a design, and will compete for prizes in a variety of categories,” explains the Daily Record News.

This is the first year the show has been offered. It’s touted with the tagline: “Condom catwalk: Where the rubber meets the runway!”

“CWU’s Wellness Center is hosting the inaugural show as part of Sexual Health Week on campus, and to reduce the stigma and discomfort of discussing condoms, STIs and other sexual health topics,” the Daily Record reports. “The show’s 15 featured outfits will be created by CWU students, all of whom will tie their outfit to a sexual health-related theme.”

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Conservative law professor Carol Swain of Vanderbilt University, whose column critical of Islam sparked a protest against her on campus accusing her of hate speech, has received a nice little present in the mail.

Writing on her Facebook page, she notes:


So true. Can you imagine if someone sent a fake penis to a women’s studies professor? The outrage and indignation would have been loud and severe. Administrators would have launched an investigation. A sit-in on misogyny would have been scheduled.

Professor Swain handled it with class.

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Chick-fil-A has been booted off another campus because a small group of students with voting power disagreed with some of the business’ Biblical beliefs.

Young America’s Foundation reports:

Students at Indiana University voted 18-9 to remove Chick-Fil-A from its Bloomington campus, based on concerns over the company’s views on same-sex marriage. In the same meeting the Residence Hall Association voted unanimously to support and establish a residence hall floor for gender blind housing for those who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.

Indiana University student Andrew Ireland spoke to Fox News about the situation, saying political correctness trumped the needs and wants of the students. He said the fast-food joint was very popular on campus.

In July of 2012, Dan Cathy, CEO of Chick-fil-A, commented to the Baptist Press that he supported the “biblical definition of marriage” and supporting gay marriage would be “inviting God’s wrath upon our nation.”

Ever since, the eatery has been a lightning rod on campuses across the nation, with students for and against the restaurants staying on their universities.

Young America’s Foundation’s Matt Shute told PoliticChicks that a university “is supposed to support a free medium of ideas, a free discourse and the university itself shouldn’t take sides, especially in something that is as divisive as the gay marriage debate.”

“This is not about gay marriage,’ he added. “It is about what we believe about the free market. People vote with their wallet and consumers should decide who they give their business to. Why on a campus of thousands of students and faculty, should a body of a couple of dozen individuals decide whether or not people have a choice to shop at Chick-fil-A?”

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