Last week, Jessica Lynch, America’s media sweetheart in 2003, testified before Henry Waxman’s House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform beside Kevin Tillman, whose brother, Pat, was killed in a friendly fire incident in Afghanistan. This is the first time the former POW has made a major public appearance in three and a half years, and the media yawned.Why did the press give the West Virginia beauty the cold shoulder this time around?She didn’t follow the script that had been carefully crafted of her capture on March 23, 2003, after her Army maintenance company lost its way and was ambushed by the enemy. She didn’t toe the radical feminist line of
I am a warrior, hear me roar!
The story of her capture, first reported by the Washington Post, quoted an “unnamed” U.S. official as saying Lynch fought valiantly and was taken by the enemy only after she succumbed to gun shot and stab wounds.
An investigation showed that her weapon jammed due to poor maintenance and was never fired. After she was retrieved by Special Ops forces, it was learned that Lynch had no battle wounds but was seriously injured by the crash of her Humvee and/or by her captors.
Nevertheless, the slight 105-pound maintenance clerk could have played along, since the other passengers in that vehicle were all dead. She could have said that she hit one of the enemy combatants with her rifle butt, threw a grenade, some rocks or anything to perpetuate the female warrior myth – but no, to her credit, she was honest. When the fighting started, she ducked down on her knees and prayed. That is the last thing she remembers before waking up in an Iraqi hospital.
Not surprising, we haven’t heard much about her since the interviews for her book, which flopped.
Unfortunately, Jessica is either misinformed or she misspeaks when she blames the fabrication of her story on the Pentagon. Who was the “unnamed” U.S. official who gave the story to the Washington Post? That tag could fit hundreds of people. The military is awash with feminists anxious to prove that men and women are interchangeable fungibles.
The first official report on Lynch’s actions released by the Pentagon said that she did not appear to have fought back against her captors. Nevertheless, the press ran with the Post report. On April 8, Pentagon spokesperson Victoria Clark was asked directly,
Can you corroborate the Post story pretty much as they described it?
No. I can’t.
Nevertheless, the Army did give in to demands from congressmen from her state that she be awarded a medal for bravery. It unwisely gave her the Bronze Star, essentially for being there.
What happened to Jessica Lynch and other female soldiers in Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait since the attack on America is unconscionable, and there is plenty of blame to lay at the feet of the Bush administration and Congress, which has oversight of military personnel.
As of Feb. 27, 75 women deployed to these areas have been killed. Currently, the Army is illegally placing female soldiers in units required to be all male, and the excuses being used are disingenuous and insulting. The military is a dangerous profession, but this sop to the feminists has made things even more difficult for the men in these units.
When Jessica emerged from her trying ordeal, she unknowingly stepped into the middle of the debate over women in combat, and, by refusing to play the warrior role, she unwillingly poked her finger in the eye of the mainstream media, which seems hellbent on selling us on this notion. Yes, she can write a letter to Diane Sawyer or a network news organization and it will be read, but she isn’t likely to get more airtime because she is considered no longer useful.
Jessica was never a war hero. She is no longer a media hero. However, if she will go to the Center for Military Readiness and do some research on this issue of women in combat, she could use her position to wake up America and be a hero to all clear thinkers who don’t wish to see enlisted women used as cannon fodder just so a few female officers can make it to the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
It may not be fair that the average man is six inches taller, 50 pounds heavier and has 42 percent more upper body strength than the average woman, but it is reality. There are many things women can do better than men, but being a warrior is not one of them!