Saving Private Lynch

New York Times reporter Jayson Blair may not have been
the only person who lied about US Army Private Jessica Lynch.
Apparently, so did the Pentagon. According to a May 15th report in
the British newspaper The Guardian, Lynch may have starred
in a war movie produced by the US military. Dr. Anmar Uday, one of
two doctors who treated Lynch, told reporter John Kampfner that the
rescue was executed ?like a Hollywood film,? complete with guns
loaded with blank bullets and prefabricated explosions. ?They made
it a show?an action movie like Sylvester Stallone or Jackie
Chan.?

America?s handling of the rescue was a bone of contention for
the British government. When the military ?refused to give
information at [Central Command],? the British were left to ?fill
in the gaps, off the record.? After several unsuccessful attempts
at persuading Pentagon officials to present a more honest account,
Simon Wren of the British Ministry of Defense wrote a confidential
letter to the Prime Minister?s spokesman Alastair Campbell
complaining about their mishandling of the event. Wren called the
ordeal ?embarrassing? and later stated that the circumstances
surrounding Lynch?s rescue had become ?conjecture.? When Campbell
appealed to the White House, his requests were denied.

In researching the article, Kampfner asked Pentagon spokesman
Bryan Whitman to release the unedited rescue footage in its
entirety in order to ?clear up any discrepancies.? Whitman
declined, saying, ?I understand there is some conflicting
information out there, and in due time the full story will be told,
I?m sure.? That may be awhile, as Private Lynch has no recollection
of her rescue.

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