April 24, 2007, - 3:31 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
Jessica Lynch–the inept chick soldier who didn’t follow directions, got lost in the desert, didn’t properly load her weapon, etc., etc.–is upset that she has been made into a hero.
And she testified–along with the Sheehan, er . . . Tillman Family–to eager lefties in Congress, today, about how upset she is that she was made into a hero:
Jessica Lynch, Then . . .
Jessica Lynch, Now . . .
The tale of her ambush was changed into a story of heroism on her part. . . .
“The bottom line is the American people are capable of determining their own ideals of heroes and they don’t need to be told elaborate tales,” Lynch said [to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, headed by uber-leftist Rep. Henry Waxman].
Like Lynch, I’m upset, too. At the time that she was nominated for the Bronze Star, the summer of 2003, I did a radio show about it, and it garnered hundreds of calls. Not a single call disagreed with me that Lynch was not worthy of this honor, which is reserved for:
those military members who, in a non-aviation capacity, show valor in a combat situation or perform meritoriously when engaged by a hostile enemy, when such actions rose above those which are inherent and expected of every soldier in the performance of their duties in combat.
Lynch should never have gotten a Bronze Star. But not only did she get one, she willingly accepted it. She never said, “But wait, but wait, I can’t accept this. I’m not a hero.” Nope, she went, and she took that medal.
Since Lynch is now allowing herself to be used as a pawn against her fellow soldiers who are still in Iraq and didn’t get the medal or awards or book or movie deals she got, shouldn’t she give the medal back? She testified, today, that she is not a hero–that her story was trumped up for war PR purposes.
If that’s the case, Ms. Lynch, return your medal.
And since Lynch believes the story the government told of her bravery–which was actually ineptitude and incompetence on her part, coupled with Iraqi Muslim kidnappers and rapists who took advantage of it–doesn’t that make Lynch a fellow liar, along with the government?
After all, Jessica Lynch accepted money for book and movie deals. She willingly accepted awards from women’s magazines and travelled to New York and elsewhere to be feted. If she wasn’t really a hero–and I never thought she was–why did she accept and participate in all of those accolades?
Will she send refunds to all of those who wasted money on her book, “I Am a Soldier, Too: The Jessica Lynch Story“? Will she return her advance and royalties to the publisher? Will she compensate all of those who wasted valuable hours of their life watching her phony TV movie, “Saving Jessica Lynch“? Will she give back her Glamour Magazine Woman of the Year award that she flew to New York to accept?
If there is a charade here, it isn’t really the government at work. It’s Jessica Lynch–Jessica Lynch, who got free college tuition, money, fame, and accolades–and willingly starred in the charade. The government couldn’t have told stories of her non-existent heroism, without her full cooperation.
Jessica Lynch, hypocrite.
Maybe Lynch testified, today, and gave Waxman and fellow Congressional libs what they wanted because her 15 minutes ended, and she wants the clock to start anew. Her book didn’t sell well. There are no more TV movies. And we mostly forgot about her. Until today.
Regardless of her reasons, please join me in signing the “Revoke the PFC Jessica Lynch Bronze Star Medal Petition.”
And since Jessica Lynch suddenly agrees that she is not a hero–that she did not display or exemplify the heroism worthy of the Bronze Star–I invite Ms. Lynch to sign the petition, too.
And return her medal. You can’t have it both ways, Jessica.
This cartoon is yet another example of what I was talking about. It lists her as a “prisoner” of everything, except the very party that bears ultimate responsibility for allowing her portrayal as a hero . . . herself!
Tags: Congress, Henry Waxman, House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Iraq, Jessica Lynch, New York, Saving Jessica Lynch, Too