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Former Private Jessica Lynch:Why She Had to Set the Record Straight About Government’s False Story
Fox News ^ | 1-12-12 | Staff

Posted on 01/12/2012 7:07:02 PM PST by wardaddy

About 9 years ago, enemy fighters in Iraq captured then-19-year-old former Private First Class Jessica Lynch in a deadly ambush on the truck that she was driving. Eleven soldiers died in the attack, including one of Lynch’s closest friends.

Later, Special Forces rescued Lynch from an Iraqi hospital and initial government reports portrayed her as a hero who went down fighting, claims which Lynch denied, saying that she didn’t shoot a single round in the attack.

Today, Lynch joined Shepard Smith to talk about being in captivity, how she got the strength to call out the government on the false story presented about her, and whether, in the end, the Iraq War was worth it.

Of the attack, Lynch said she woke up about three hours after the ambush and knew immediately that something was wrong. She said, “I woke up and all I could see was Iraqis standing all around me, looking down upon me. I knew at that moment something terrible had happened and I wasn’t in the right place.”

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Myself and others here voiced questions about the media and government's veracity in this sad affair and felt she was manipulated for women in combat effect.

We were pretty much shouted down here as sexist bigots.

Well..from her own mouth.

She was not John Wayne....bless her heart..she was just a child.

The military and media have a steady history of hyping women's success in the combat theatre for their own ends.

This lie was rather blatant.

It all comes back to what a serious former Spec Ops freeper here said 10 years ago:

"Any country sends it's mothers, daughters, wives and girlfriends off to fight wars while many of the men sit home playing video games on the couch smoking pot is not a nation that will endure for long"

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1 posted on 01/12/2012 7:07:06 PM PST by wardaddy
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To: wardaddy

She was there, she got captured and worse. Whether she shot anyone or not doesn’t interest me at all. She served and paid a price. Nothing else matters.


2 posted on 01/12/2012 7:11:48 PM PST by ReneeLynn (Socialism is SO yesterday. Fascism, it's the new black. Mmm mmm mmm...)
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To: wardaddy
Myself and others here voiced questions about the media and government's veracity in this sad affair and felt she was manipulated for women in combat effect.

We were pretty much shouted down here as sexist bigots.


I was one of those who said folks like you were being sexist, and I apologize to you and anybody else I tangled with.

At the time, I didn't think the Bush administration would try and spin the story the way they did.
3 posted on 01/12/2012 7:13:56 PM PST by af_vet_rr
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To: wardaddy
Pat Tillman (40) just smiled.

RIP Pat, you are missed every damned day.

4 posted on 01/12/2012 7:15:24 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer ("Climate Change" my a.... All weather is local.)
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To: wardaddy

One problem.

It wasn’t the government that came up with the story. It was a media fueled rumor. I remember Dan Abrams on MSNBC (I didn’t have FOX then) explaining how “sometimes these things happen”. There may have been military people involved in the story but none who would have known anything.


5 posted on 01/12/2012 7:16:10 PM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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To: cripplecreek

Exactly, and that piggie Napolitano made it worse with the Piestewa thing. It’s been Squaw Peak to me for 50 years. It still is.


6 posted on 01/12/2012 7:21:12 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer ("Climate Change" my a.... All weather is local.)
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To: wardaddy

The question I ask: Is Shepard Smith worth the money he is paid?

I know what my answer would be if I were Rupert Murdoch.


7 posted on 01/12/2012 7:22:07 PM PST by Recovering_Democrat
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To: af_vet_rr

I don’t think the Bush admin or the Pentagon “spun” the story one way or the other. It was the press that initially built up the story— out of some very foggy facts. It made for great TV and they really, really wanted that story.


8 posted on 01/12/2012 7:22:50 PM PST by Ramius (Personally, I'd give us one chance in three. More tea anyone?)
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To: cripplecreek

Exactly right. When one sorts through all the BS to get back to “who started this meme?” we arrive back at the Washington Post:

http://www.ajr.org/article.asp?id=3091


9 posted on 01/12/2012 7:24:01 PM PST by NVDave
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To: wardaddy

Sexist, bigot!!!!!!!!!

LOL!

Just kidding, wardaddy.


10 posted on 01/12/2012 7:24:09 PM PST by writer33 (Mark Levin Is The Constitutional Engine Of Conservatism)
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To: af_vet_rr
Good for you to admit the mistake. Far too many wouldn't.

We are lied to every day by the government.

I have no doubt the truth about Bin Laden will come out and we will find out Zero had nothing to do with it because the old bass-terd was dead before zero was a senator.

11 posted on 01/12/2012 7:26:53 PM PST by VicVega (GEAUX SAINTS-LSU bleaux it in the BCS Championship game.)
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To: NVDave

It seemed important to remember so I filed it away in me rickety brain.


12 posted on 01/12/2012 7:27:58 PM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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To: af_vet_rr; wardaddy
I was one of those who said folks like you were being sexist, and I apologize to you and anybody else I tangled with

You are a man of honor.

13 posted on 01/12/2012 7:28:54 PM PST by Grizzled Bear (No More RINOS!)
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To: wardaddy

Credible stories say she was “butt raped” by the Koranimals.


14 posted on 01/12/2012 7:29:21 PM PST by Grizzled Bear (No More RINOS!)
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To: NVDave
Michael Getler, the Post's ombudsman--and arguably its harshest critic--says the April story was "based on pretty flimsy sourcing," much of it anonymous, and "should have been written more cautiously."

Ta Dah!
15 posted on 01/12/2012 7:30:43 PM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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To: wardaddy
The military and media have a steady history of hyping women's success in the combat theatre for their own ends.

Just wait until the "gays in combat" stories are written.

16 posted on 01/12/2012 7:31:46 PM PST by Last Dakotan
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To: ReneeLynn

Lynch has described her actions as never firing, and huddling down screaming and crying in the Humvee as the Sergeant who was the elements leader was in the passenger seat trying to fix her weapon command, trying to keep the driver calm and trying to deal with Jessica’s screeching, and the two males they had picked up were trying to bring weapons to bear in the back ( a SAW I think) and Lori wrecked the Humvee killing or wounding them all.

There were some real heroes that day, I think one of them was executed after an incredible one man battle, one guy took out a Mortar team by himself.


17 posted on 01/12/2012 7:31:46 PM PST by ansel12 (Romney is unquestionably the weakest party front-runner in contemporary political history.)
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To: af_vet_rr

Your first impulse was right. It was the Washington Post that pushed this story not the DOD.

http://mediamythalert.wordpress.com/2012/01/05/the-militarys-fabrication-no-jessica-lynch-was-wapos-story/


18 posted on 01/12/2012 7:33:36 PM PST by sgtyork (The secret of happiness is freedom, and the secret of freedom, courage. Thucydides)
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To: wardaddy
and whether, in the end, the Iraq War was worth it.

LOL...yes, Private with a counseling packet four inches thick, enlighten us on whether the Iraq War was worth it...

19 posted on 01/12/2012 7:34:30 PM PST by Future Snake Eater (Don't stop. Keep moving!)
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To: Ramius

Exactly. The left, along with their willing co-conspirators in the lamestream press spun, exaggerated, fabricated, and outright lied in order to make the conflict “acceptable”.

Just as GW wouldn’t defend himself and his administration against the personal slanders, he was loathe to take them to task over their lies here either.


20 posted on 01/12/2012 7:40:16 PM PST by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: wardaddy

Why all of a sudden does she speak up?


21 posted on 01/12/2012 7:41:55 PM PST by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11)
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To: wardaddy

I saw that s*** with Sheperd Smith either today or yesterday. It was an anti-American hit piece. Smith was transparent in his “sympathy”, giving her leading questions to get the type of responses he wanted. She joined right in, and I am quite positive I heard a Ron Paul talking point in her initial remarks. She stated she looked forward to seeing the soldiers returned “from all over the world”. IOW, for the mass military base closures Paul supports (and so does the communist party USA). The way she denied her own heroism reaked of hatred for her own country and a lack of understanding of the world around her. It was a disgrace typical of Smith.


22 posted on 01/12/2012 7:44:41 PM PST by Apollo5600
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To: wardaddy

You help perpetuate the image of America as a lying, manipulative machine that “wrecks” the lives of people, including this little girl. This is a disgrace, and so is that girl for giving herself over to aid enemy and leftist (but I repeat myself) propaganda.


23 posted on 01/12/2012 7:48:37 PM PST by Apollo5600
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To: Grizzled Bear

“Credible stories say she was “butt raped” by the Koranimals.”

What else would one expect? Koranimals start with small livestock, then (assuming they have money) progress to boy butts.

Muslims - to know them is to loath them.


24 posted on 01/12/2012 7:51:21 PM PST by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is necessary to examine principles."...the public interest)
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To: Travis McGee; wardaddy

That wasn’t you on that last comment by wardaddy, was it?


25 posted on 01/12/2012 7:53:47 PM PST by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: ColdOne
Why all of a sudden does she speak up?

...and whether, in the end, the Iraq War was worth it. -- ie., "Bush's fault..."

Just in time for the Obama coronation.

26 posted on 01/12/2012 7:55:01 PM PST by Clock King (Ellisworth Toohey was right: My head's gonna explode.)
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To: cripplecreek

Yep.

Funny how the Post claims they want to crack down on anonymous sourcing (and have for most of the last decade), but they keep using such sources... again and again and again and again....

They’re like a drunk who says “I’ll get sober... tomorrow.”


27 posted on 01/12/2012 7:57:36 PM PST by NVDave
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To: af_vet_rr

I had a friend in training at Ft Benning just after this happened. He told me one day his drill sergeant asked “Is Jessica Lynch a hero” to the formation. After a few people said yes, the sergeant silenced them and said “No, the Special Forces that rescued her are.”

For the Sergeant, it was a teaching moment. But the other take away is that at least the Army knew the truth of the battle and rescue at the time, August 2003. The rescue was in April 2003.


28 posted on 01/12/2012 7:57:52 PM PST by Raider Sam (They're on our left, right, front, and back. They aint gettin away this time!)
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To: cripplecreek

Did the government try to correct the story?


29 posted on 01/12/2012 7:59:56 PM PST by Raider Sam (They're on our left, right, front, and back. They aint gettin away this time!)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Never believe the government, especially in a time of war.

What the did to Tillman and his family makes me want to puke.


30 posted on 01/12/2012 8:01:23 PM PST by trumandogz
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To: Raider Sam

I believe CENTCOM made it clear that they didn’t have the whole story themselves so they urged caution.


31 posted on 01/12/2012 8:02:35 PM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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To: trumandogz

Ditto


32 posted on 01/12/2012 8:02:47 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer ("Climate Change" my a.... All weather is local.)
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To: VicVega; af_vet_rr

I remember when the Pat Tillman story broke out. I was listening to Rush, and he was saying things like “we all knew a Pat Tillman” basically saying that now there is a face to the brave men who sacrifice and die valiantly. I dont think anyone, even Rush, would have thought that a false story like that would have come from Bush’s Presidency.


33 posted on 01/12/2012 8:05:08 PM PST by Raider Sam (They're on our left, right, front, and back. They aint gettin away this time!)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Never heard of Piestewa, but I partied on Squaw Peak many times 35 or so years ago with some HS buds.

Glad I don’t live in Phoenix anymore though. I like these Rocky Mtns.


34 posted on 01/12/2012 8:06:30 PM PST by MileHi ( "It's coming down to patriots vs the politicians." - ovrtaxt)
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To: ReneeLynn

What does matter is they tried to concoct a Bodicea cover myth which many of us found suspect then

And which she has the courage to refute

Our military today and media will say anything to promote feminism

A poor long term strategy in my view


35 posted on 01/12/2012 8:07:21 PM PST by wardaddy (I fear we cannot beat Roger Ailes and beltway GOP)
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To: Apollo5600

Apollo...you never cease to amaze me


36 posted on 01/12/2012 8:10:36 PM PST by wardaddy (I fear we cannot beat Roger Ailes and beltway GOP)
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To: MileHi

It’s Piestewa Peak now. The commie lib, Napolitano, kept looking for an excuse. Lori Piestewa was just what she was hoping for. She was with Lynch.


37 posted on 01/12/2012 8:12:12 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer ("Climate Change" my a.... All weather is local.)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Never believe the government, especially in a time of war.

What the did to Tillman and his family makes me want to puke.


38 posted on 01/12/2012 8:15:19 PM PST by trumandogz
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To: FlingWingFlyer
You and me both. It's Squaw Peak and Squaw Peak Parkway; none of that Piestewa crap!

It would have been more appropriate to rename the Gila River Casino to the Piestewa Casino.

PC garbage all around.

39 posted on 01/12/2012 8:16:04 PM PST by GrannyAnn
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To: Raider Sam
I agree.

We want to believe and so often we find out the real story.

We have great men and women fighting in the military.

We don't need a made in hollywood story for us to support our troops.

Tell us the truth, we can handle it.

Said it a thousand times, NOT buying the OBL story.

40 posted on 01/12/2012 8:19:15 PM PST by VicVega (GEAUX SAINTS-LSU bleaux it in the BCS Championship game.)
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To: Apollo5600

Just wondering what you were doing, while this kid was being such a disgrace ?


41 posted on 01/12/2012 8:20:14 PM PST by NYleatherneck (It ain't a World War until the French surrender.)
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To: VicVega

Yeah,

Not showing the video
Dumping his body

Just doesnt smell right


42 posted on 01/12/2012 8:23:32 PM PST by Raider Sam (They're on our left, right, front, and back. They aint gettin away this time!)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Same here!


43 posted on 01/12/2012 8:26:15 PM PST by billphx
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To: sgtyork

Here is another.

Lynch kept firing until she ran out of ammo

Pfc. Jessica Lynch, rescued Tuesday from an Iraqi hospital, fought fiercely and shot several enemy soldiers after Iraqi forces ambushed the Army’s 507th Ordnance Maintenance Company, firing her weapon until she ran out of ammunition, U.S. officials said yesterday.

Lynch, a 19-year-old supply clerk, continued firing at the Iraqis even after she sustained multiple gunshot wounds and watched several other soldiers in her unit die around her in fighting 11 days ago, one official said. The ambush took place after a 507th convoy, supporting the advancing 3rd Infantry Division, took a wrong turn in the southern city of Nasiriyah.

“She was fighting to the death,” the official said. “She did not want to be taken alive.”


44 posted on 01/12/2012 8:33:29 PM PST by ansel12 (Romney is unquestionably the weakest party front-runner in contemporary political history.)
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To: Apollo5600

Your up past your bedtime nOOb. Turn out the lights in mommie’s basement and go sleep.


45 posted on 01/12/2012 8:38:20 PM PST by bobby.223
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To: ansel12

It’s not important to me. Let’s just go through all the troops and rank courage why don’t we? She was there. I wasn’t. I wouldn’t want to be. Kudos to her for telling the truth too.


46 posted on 01/12/2012 8:38:25 PM PST by ReneeLynn (Socialism is SO yesterday. Fascism, it's the new black. Mmm mmm mmm...)
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To: wardaddy
She was not John Wayne....bless her heart..she was just a child.

She most certainly was NOT "just a child." She was, and is, an extremely brave young woman who, at the very least, deserves her womanhood acknowledged as EXISTING.

Frickin' macho jerk. This is a COMBAT SOLDIER you're talking about!

47 posted on 01/12/2012 8:39:53 PM PST by Talisker (Apology accepted, Captain Needa.)
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To: Talisker

Slow down... This is not a “combat soldier” that we are talking about. We’re talking about a soldier that found herself in combat. Nobody (except apollo5600) is taking anything away from her, but don’t try to make her something that she is not.


48 posted on 01/12/2012 8:45:34 PM PST by NYleatherneck (It ain't a World War until the French surrender.)
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To: Ramius

” - - - It was the press that initially built up the story— out of some very foggy facts. It made for great TV and they really, really wanted that story.”

It used to be called “Yellow Journalism.” Today it is called “ Main Stream Media.”


49 posted on 01/12/2012 8:50:17 PM PST by Graewoulf (( obama"care" violates the 1890 Sherman Anti-Trust Law, AND is illegal by the U.S. Constitution.))
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To: wardaddy
We were pretty much shouted down here as sexist bigots.

I remember like it was yesterday. There were some real bigmouths on those threads.

The Navy adds maternity wards to aircraft carriers, covers up for their affirmative-action women fighter pilots who crash billion dollar jets, and now even puts women in freaking submarines! Add to all this the sodomization of the military with the repeal of DADT and we are literally witnessing the military lead the decline of America as it swirls right down the liberal Democrat toilet.

50 posted on 01/12/2012 8:53:23 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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