Using Private Lynch

Jessica Lynch was awarded a Bronze Star? Seriously?

Not that I have any ill will toward Pvt. Lynch, but was she truly heroic?

1 : of, relating to, or resembling heroes especially of antiquity
2 a : exhibiting or marked by courage and daring b : supremely noble or self-sacrificing

She was certainly courageous, but I just don’t think this is right. I’m pretty certain that there are hundreds of soldiers in the combat units that led the charge to Baghdad that are far more deserving, but won’t even get recommended for a bronze star, let alone considered for one or awarded one. If she had, in fact, been wounded by enemy fire during the ambush of her unit but still managed to fight off the attackers until she ran out of ammunition, as some early stories reported, then she certainly would deserve decoration. But those stories have been proven false, and she can’t even tell her story publicly becasue she has “amnesia.”

This is just another spin move to drum up public support for the troops and the effort in Iraq. Speaking as one who already supports the troops and our effort in Iraq, I think silliness like this hurts the cause more than it helps.

Here are a couple of other stories on SFTT about Lynch:
Hints of Torture and Rape

Lynch Deserved Praise – But Not the Medal