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"Jessica Lynch dominated the news for weeks. The details of the incident provided by military public affairs officers made for an absolutely riveting story that television, radio and print journalists found irresistible: a petite blond supply clerk from a flea-speck burg in West Virginia is ambushed in Iraq and fearlessly mows down masked Fedayeen terrorists with her M16 until she runs out of ammo, whereupon she is shot, stabbed, captured, tortured, and raped before finally being snatched from her barbaric Iraqi captors during a daring raid by American commandos...

"Subsequent reporting by investigative journalists revealed that most of the details of Lynch's ordeal were extravagantly embellished, and much of the rest was invented out of whole cloth. Because her rifle had jammed, she hadn't fired a single round. Although her injuries had indeed been life threatening, they were exclusively the result of her Humvee smashing into Hernandez's tractor trailer; she was never shot, stabbed, tortured, or raped. After she had been transferred to Saddam Hussein General Hospital, her captors treated her with kindness and special care. And when the American commandos arrived at the hospital to rescue Lynch, they met no significiant resistance.

"The spurious particulars did not come from Private Lynch. The bogus story was based on information fed to gullible reporters by anonymous military sources. The government official who arranged for reporters to interview these sources—the guy who deserves top biling for creating the myth of Jessica Lynch, in other words—was a White House appparatchik named Jim Wilkinson. Although his official job description was director of strategic communcations for General Tommy Franks... actually Wilkinson served as the Bush administration's top 'perception manager' for the Iraq War."

—from Jon Krakauer's "Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman," pp. 180-81

Picture making the rounds on conservative blogs.


Posted at 06:12 PM on Tue. Feb 09, 2010 in category Politics  
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Mister B wrote:

Comment posted on Tue. Feb 09, 2010 at 11:45 PM

Bob Lundegaard wrote:

Just maybe it was a bunch of Democrats who paid for the sign. After all, the American voter has a short memory, and it doesn't hurt to remind him of why he resoundingly supported Obama.

The irony of all this is that, despite the fact that Bush stole two elections and then declared he'd won a mandate, and despite the fact that most of us seethed daily over his governance or lack thereof, I don't recall a sense of entitlement, that we wanted our country back because someone had stolen it from us. That's what separates us from the Tea Party types, I guess.
Comment posted on Wed. Feb 10, 2010 at 01:51 PM

Mister B wrote:

Exactly. I'm guessing a lot of the Tea Party folks didn't mind our taxpayer money being spent on blowing up Iraq, but heaven forbid our taxpayer money goes to rebuilding our own country instead.

The Tea Party folks are about 30 years too late (guessing a lot of taxpayer money also funded a few unsavory characters in Central America, too, as well as other places) and billions of dollars short.

They're also a prime example of how this nation's educational system has failed so many people.
Comment posted on Wed. Feb 10, 2010 at 08:18 PM

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