Jessica Lynch set the record straight today during her testimony before the House Committee on Oversight & Reform. Ms. Lynch does not consider herself a hero, as made out by the Army and the Administration in the early days of the Iraq war, it is apparent that she considers herself an abused tool of the executive branch of the federal government.
As noted in an article headed “Pentagon Challenged on Lynch and Tillman” by John Holusha in the New York Times today:
In her testimony this morning, she said she did not understand why the Army put out a story that she went down firing at the enemy.
“I’m confused why they lied,” she said.
…Ms. Lynch said she could not know why she was depicted as a “Rambo from West Virginia,” when in fact she was riding in a truck, not fighting, when she was injured.
…For her part, Ms. Lynch said in her testimony that other members of her unit had acted with genuine heroism that deserved the attention she received. “The bottom line is the American people are capable of determining their own ideas of heroes, and they don’t need to be told elaborate tales,” she said.
Ms. Lynch may not be a hero of battle, but she is a fine example of the patriotic, honest, moral, ethical young men and women that the current administration has sacrificed without conscience in their single-minded pursuit of a war based upon lies and an arrogant denial of the will of the American people.
The misadventures in Iraq may not come to an end before the end of the current administration’s term, but it all will eventually come to an end, whether this administration prolongs their reckless exposure of our citizens and soldiers in the theater of operations, whether or not the administration continues to lie, obfuscate and distort the facts in the pursuit of a mis-conceived agenda, whether or not before our defensive assets are totally depleted, whether or not future tax payers are able to pay the debt being incurred on their behalf, whether or not our country can repair the damage done to its standing in the world, it will come to an end.
When will Mr. Bush and his political bedfellows come to the realization that their reputations have already been made for posterity, prolonging the agony is not going to improve history’s view of them. Give it up. Admit that an “Axis of Evil” only lives in your own, warped minds, admit to yourselves that the American people have got your number, the game is over.