The Controversy Over Jessica Lynch

We may never know the full truth about the capture and rescue of Private First Class Jessica Lynch. When the American war prisoner was freed from an Iraqi hospital on April 1, she immediately became a symbol of U.S. resolve, a much needed hero in a war that seemed in danger of bogging down. Now it seems certain that media accounts of her ordeal were distorted--and the Pentagon did little to set the record straight.

A recent BBC special has questioned the almost mythic quality of the Lynch story line. But in trying to show that the U.S. stage-managed the rescue,...

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