pfc lynch update
Well, this is sad. It seems that stories about the struggle waged by PFC Jessica Lynch, recently rescued by a midnight Special Forces raid on an Iraqi
headquarters hospital, are, ah, no longer operative. The staff of the Iraqi hospital from which Lynch was extracted claim no military forces were on hand to offer resistance; further, Private Lynch's own family says that her wounds were sustained when her vehicle crashed; she was not, evidently, shot while resisting capture.
Her father, Greg Lynch Sr., told reporters she had no penetration wounds.
"It was a road traffic accident," [an Iraqi physician who treated Lynch] said. "There was not a drop of blood. . . . There were no bullets or shrapnel or anything like that." At the hospital, he said, "She was given special care, more than the Iraqi patients."
Nothing in this post is intended to take anything away from Private Lynch's ordeal, or the bravery of the team that rescued her. No matter how you slice it, PFC Lynch was wonded in combat (if not by gunfire), captured, and later rescued. Props to her, the soldiers who extracted her, and the Iraqi doctors and nurses who tended her wounds.
(via the watch and CalPundit, who comments, "[O]nce again I'm left perplexed by the desire of people in power to make up a better story when the real one is actually quite good enough. What's the point?")