Skip to comments.Pvt. Jessica Lynch, 10 Years After Iraq Rescue: Pain But Much Gain
Posted on 09/19/2013 4:07:18 PM PDT by Houmatt
It was back in March 23, 2003, just three days after the start of the Iraq War, when Private First Class Jessica Lynch's unit was ambushed in Nasiriyah, Iraq. Lynch was only 19 when she was captured, badly injured and raped by Iraqi forces and held hostage for nine days before her dramatic rescue by US Rangers on April 1, 2003.
Controversy surrounds the "mythic" rescue story line. Lynch has blamed the Bush administration for exaggerating the bravery and success of the war with her story. "I knew that, even ten years later, I would not have been able to live with myself knowing that I let those stories escalate and I went along with what those other people were saying, because I knew in my heart that that's not really what happened," Lynch told ABC News' Bob Woodruff.
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Look: She was rescued because an Iraqi discovered her and traveled miles on foot to get word to our soldiers. And he got absolutely nothing from her in return. Not a thank you, not anything. In fact, when he got here to the States and went to visit her to see how she was doing, she refused to see him.
That woman is best left forgotten to the annals of history, as she is a pathetic footnote in the United States Armed Forces.
Women don’t belong in the military and Jessica Lynch and what happened to her are perfect examples of why.
Kids do stupid things that they regret later.
I am willing to let it go. 21 surgeries is a lot to go through. I am sure there was a fair share of crap that she had to eat after not living up to the hype.
It’s awful to put any 19 year old through.
I say, give her a pass and get on with her life.
If she’d only been well-trained enough to charge her M-16, she probably would’ve never been captured and assaulted. What kind of namby-pamby basic training do they have since I left the service? I’m betting a female Marine wouldn’t have forgotten basic weaponry less than a year after going through it. And I say that as a soldier.
Ingrate? How so? From the very beginning she admitted that the stories about her had been exaggerated.............Why do you have a problem with that?
She wasn’t in the infantry, she was in a truck convoy, so she’s probably in transportation or supply. Although I did know one each female artillery and air defense lieutenants, which always puzzled me since combat arms weren’t open to women back in my day.
She seems to understand the meaning of honor. What is your problem?
Are you suggesting this Iraqi doesn’t exist?
She was knocked unconscious and had several bones broken when her truck crashed. She wasn’t firing any weapon no matter how well she was trained.
I suspect she has no idea of the planning and the risks involved in getting her to safety in the middle of an all-out invasion. If her unit couldn't drive a truck down the street without getting attacked and nearly wiped out, what makes her think the rescue was a walk in the park?
And the doctor who saved her put himself and his whole family at particular risk of being slaughtered as traitors for helping her.
As others have said, I'm sure she doesn't want to dwell on any of this for reasons known only to her. And she doesn't want to be a symbol for a war she may well not believe in. But a little respect for the people who saved her is still in order.
Are you sure? Then the report I read back then was bogus, because it said she forgot how to load her M-16 to fire it.
Are you suggesting this Iraqi doesnt exist?
Yes, the doctor who saved her. It seems there are people here who seem to think he is imaginary. I’d like them to prove it.
Sorry but screw your opinion. I was in the unit next to hers at Bliss. My convoy was the next in line in Iraq on a paralell highway. She went through crap that most people in America never will and she has a right she earned to be however she wants in regard to that war. She was used as a prop by the Army and politics and she knows it and voices her opinion over it.
I'm not suggesting anything other than why you have such a bean up your ass against this woman who did nothing to deserve your wrath...........
She's been straight forward from the very beginning and yet you're trashing her.........It's you that has a problem dude, not her.
I think a little gratitude would have been nice.
Sounds like she’s been bought off.
She was pretty effed up from the accident..along with Piestewa and Shoshonna.
The first story from her in interviews was that she had received little training with her weapon and she couldn’t fire it. Then as the interviews progressed she said her weapon jammed, now her story seems to be that she was knocked unconscious from the blast when her convoy was ambushed and had no idea what happened. She claims the story the Army/President Bush- whoever told was bogus; but she has told several versions herself.
If something happens to you that places your life in danger, and someone else is willing to sacrifice not only himself but the lives of his family to help get you out of that situation, the absolute leastyou can do is say thank you.
But everything I have seen tells me Jessica Lynch did no such thing.
And here you are telling me it is perfectly okay to be an ungrateful ass? And I have a problem?
How do you know she has never acknowledged him? Or seen him? Beyond that its none of your business really..she is the one who has to wake in pain everyday..remember being a POW..remember eleven dead soldiers from her small unit. Her not pleasing you is frankly no big deal.
Nope you did not imagine it. Her stories have evolved.
How dare you disagree with those who have gotten their information solely from the media and politicians!!!!!!!
Whether the Iraqi exists, or not, is not the issue.
Pvt. Lynch was knocked unconscious when her truck was blown of knocked off the road, and was only semi-conscious when the troops came to rescue her days later. She had no way to know what parts of the story were fabricated and what parts were real, except that she knew that enough of the story had been fabricated so as to throw the whole story into question.
It is not her fault at all that some dishonorable REMFs chose to just "make stuff up" about the whole deal for whatever excuse they used for the fabrication.
She is not to blame for the dishonesty and dishonor of others.
Her teammate was the driver of the vehicle (I think it was a Hummer). She made a wrong turn, getting them both in danger. After getting through the town she mistakenly drove into, she inexplicably did a 180 and drove right back into the town. She crashed it, was killed and the ungrateful Miss Lynch got injured and captured.
A year or so later, a mountain in Phoenix was illegally named after the woman driver, Piestawa Peak. It was in violation of a law requiring a five-year wait after someone’s death before you can name a geographical feature for them. The peak would never have been named after her once the above version of the story came out. People weren’t happy the mountain wasn’t named after a hero, but a zero. They did it because she was a “Native-American,” and the liberals had been bucking for years to change the name of “Squaw Peak.”
The law breaking Governor: one Janet Napolitano. She’s been a serial law-breaker long before she became one of Obastard’s butt-buddies.
I agree with you.
If she understood the meaning of honor, she’d never talked to a sensationalist like Bob Woodruff.
She doesn’t like what the war did to her, but she wasn’t drafted.
The truck was crashed because they were trying to flee hostile fire.
How do you know she has? Stop trying to blow smoke up my ass and bugger off.
Now Janet ghets to live in a 32,000 SF mansion with 8 acre grounds. Poor Thing!
Otherwise what is going to happen to the unit if it is attact?
Stop offering a condemnation that has no validity. BTW smoke blowing involves lying..I havent lied a bit.
Well, every soldier should be a somewhat competent infantryman, just as “every Marine a rifleman” as is their motto, but you must admit that you won’t be as good an infantryman as someone who spends all their time training in it, just as I wouldn’t either.
In other words, you have no idea, so you just wish to put it aside.
How about no?
Here's an idea for you: If he doesn't exist, prove it.
I do not give a flaming horse's patoot what Jessica Lynch says. That's not even why I posted this. I did it to point out how the press wanted to know how she was doing and she's willing to talk to them when the one man who is most likely the reason why she has a pulse let alone a kid she didn't seem to have time for. For me that is what matters and if you don't like it, tough cookies.
Yeah. Remember that next time you try to explain to a child that crime doesn’t pay. Phshh.
Put up or shut up.
This incident is what drove a shift in training to get the "soft skills" more ready for ground combat. Prior to that the mentality was "I'm not Infantry, so why should I care?"
It got better, but it still has a long way to go. I just participated in some basic squad-level training with intelligence Soldiers, and it was painful.
I dunno. In retrospect, it might have better for the guy’s long-term health he wasn’t fingered in the American invasion. Obastard made such a hash of the bug-out I’m surprised we didn’t have choppers full of desperately fleeing people.
But I doubt that was on Pvt. Lynch’s mind when she didn’t want to see him.
Why yes, yes you do......Who does Jessica have to thank and what makes you so sure she hasn't already? "Everything you have seen"..?????
Stop being such an anal retentive richard and take your own head out of your rectum..........
1. I never claimed he doesnt exist..he does..just isnt a Dr..hes a lawyer..and he works for Livingston. 2. You are the one making this claim..doesnt matter if I disagree...the burden of proof is on you.
Once reason her Humvee probably crashed was because Lynch describes herself as in a panic and screaming and cowering and distracting her sergeant in the passenger seat while probably not helping the mood of the female driver who crashed the vehicle.
Stop trolling me. You are getting boring fast.
...and died from her injuries. It would appear Pvt Lynch was not only not adept at firing her weapon, she was all thumbs reading a map because the only reason they were in the wrong place, was they made a wrong turn in the desert.
Why don't you just admit the only reason why you are trolling this thread is because like aft_lizard you have no sense of manners or courtesy? It's not okay to be a jerk to someone who could very well have saved your life. Period. And nothing is going to change that.
In other words you dont want to be honest with the rest of FR about what really happened.
Lawyer el-Rehaief tells the sforces where Jessica is. True story. She gets rescued, he gets asylum and gdts a six figure salary for a book about the incident..she is still in the hospital recovering. He goes on TV making up stuff that is refuted by Jessica and people who workedat the hospital in Iraq. He attempts to go to her house..cameras in toe to meet her..while lromoting his book. She says no thanks..but offers to meet him and his family in private without cameras.
Theres your story..the real one. Not your made up fantasy one.
They werent the convoy commander..the first sergeants vehicle was. BTW that wasnt his first time in way getting his unit in trouble..it just happened to be his last time.
I did enough “Infantry” functions to know to clean my weapon so it wouldn’t jam, and be proficient enough that I could fire it if needed.
What do they teach in Basic Training now?
And he got absolutely nothing from her in return.
Look doofus or dumbass, It was not a doctor who resulted in her rescue, it was a lawyer....and his reward was amnesty in the United States.....So take your head out of your ass and start smelling the flowers.........
Thank you for volunteering to serve your country.