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The Bush Cartel Ministry of Propaganda Made a Mistake When
They Tried to Make a Heroine Out of Jessica Lynch: She Turned Out to Really
When Jessica Lynch's unit was first captured by Iraqi
soldiers, she was reported dead. In an initial article about her at that
time, it indicated that Lynch had joined the army because she couldn't
find a decent job in her hometown, Palestine, West Virginia. She had been
turned down for a position at Wal-Mart.
Her true story is the REAL story behind the young men
and women who serve as cannon fodder for the Bush Cartel, as the children
of the Bush Administration and members of Congress (with one exception,
the son of a Democratic senator) avoid service in Iraq.
Jessica Lynch, if initial reports of her death had proven
to be true, would have remained a one-day blip in the horror story of
American losses in the Iraq War. She would have become quickly forgotten,
because that's the way the Bush administration wants it.
They prohibit coverage of the returning coffins of our
dead to Dover Air Force Base. Neither Bush nor Cheney have attended one
funeral of a soldier killed in Iraq. The Pentagon doesn't go out of its
way to quickly identify the casualties. The better to depersonalize the
deaths. Bush Cartel officials minimize the deaths of our soldiers. In
short, Bush and Cheney would have wanted the death of a pretty blonde
girl from West Virginia -- should Lynch have actually been killed -- to
fall quickly down the Orwellian hole of a war where soldiers die as impersonal
The "Bush team doesn't want people to see human
cost of war," the Toronto Star observed, "Even body bags are
now sanitized as 'transfer tubes.'"
But as we now know, Jessica survived due to the dedicated
intervention of Iraqi doctors, working under extremely difficult circumstances.
That's when Jessica Lynch's story -- and her life -- made an unexpected
rendezvous with the Karl Rove/Defense Department Soviet-style "hero
of the revolutionary forces" propaganda machine.
It is at this point that the Bush Cartel, at a time that
the initial stage of the Iraq War was not going well (before the opposing
army mysteriously vanished), decided to create a "larger-than-life
blonde girl battles Iraqis with guns a-blazing and then is abused by them
before being saved in a dramatic rescue conducted against battling hostile
forces" heroine. The Bush propagandists even found an Iraqi lawyer
to identify as the "hero who braved his life to cross through enemy
lines and lead American forces to the rescue."
As we know now, the story that the military created to
dominate the American media and stir Americans to an emotional pitch of
anger at the Iraqis was virtually made up out of whole cloth. Even the
Washington Post, the White House press release machine on the Potomac,
was subsequently forced to print an article pointing out how the Pentagon
had "mischaracterized" what happened to Lynch.
It all backfired for the White House. The Lynch story
has become emblematic of how the Bush administration has adopted Soviet
and Goebbels propaganda techniques to try to influence public opinion.
Sometimes, on the rarest of occasions, you create what
you wanted, but not what you intended.
That's what happened to the Pentagon and the Bush Cartel
Ministry of Truth apparatchiks when they made Jessica Lynch into a hero.
Much to their dismay, she turned out to be one.
She was fine with the Bush fiction writers as a one-dimensional
cardboard comic book cut out, but when she turned out to have the stuff
of a true American hero, you could hear the Bush Cartel Stalin-style public
relations writers cursing up a storm from D.C. to little Palestine, West
Lynch said she was thankful to the soldiers who rescued
her but said she was troubled by the way the incident was portrayed by
"It does (bother me) that they used me as a way
to symbolize all this stuff ... yeah, it's wrong ... I don't know why
they filmed it, or why they say the things they, you know."
...Sawyer asked Lynch if she went down "like, somebody
"No, I went down praying on my knees," she replied.
Lynch says that a Native American soldier, Private Lori
Piestewa, a woman with two daughters, was the one that went down shooting.
But an "Indian" wouldn't fit the bill for a heroine for the
Bush Cartel, not when Bush wants everyone to think he's a cowboy. And
then there is Shoshana Johnson, an African-American woman, who fought
off the Iraqis and sustained injuries. Blonde girls from West Virginia
trump a black woman in the world of Bush's Ministry of Truth.
But Lynch is having nothing of the deception. She's the
real thing, an honest American, a concept totally alien to this administration:
'Lynch is basically saying the whole thing was made up,
a fraud,' said media critic Michael Wolff. 'At the same time, the media
is going on with this elaborate production effort to make her into a hero.
It's as if the size of the attention itself makes her a hero. Everyone
is committed to making her the face of the war whereas the other story
is that this is all a kind of scandal.'
But the story may be too far along to reverse. 'She can't
take back being a star. The fact that she says it's all made up doesn't
make a difference. It's been decided she's a star, and that's the only
indisputable fact,' said Wolff.
Even her alleged attorney savior has a lot of explaining
to do. He and his family were whisked out of Iraq after he was proclaimed
Jessica's savior -- and within no time he got a hefty book contract from
Harper Collins publishers, owned by, you guessed it, Rupert Murdoch. And
he instantly got a job in D.C. with a firm run by former Congressman Livingston,
you know, the one who never became speaker of the House because he was
exposed as a serial philanderer by Larry Flint.
The Iraqis at the hospital say they tried to get the
Americans to come and take Lynch, but were turned back. It appears that
the Bush administration decided they NEEDED to rescue her. So they sent
in a unit and claimed that the soldiers had to shoot off Iraqi guards.
As it turns out, they didn't have to shoot at anyone. They were told where
Lynch was -- and took her back to the American lines.
"They used me as a way to symbolise all this stuff,"
she said in an interview to be aired on US television on Tuesday. "It's
When the former Iraqi lawyer came to Palestine, West
Virginia, to visit Lynch, she curiously couldn't find time to meet with
him. That told us all we needed to know. Apparently, she wasn't going
to play the role the Bush Cartel wanted her to play in their carefully
So this, in summary, is what happened: The Bush Cartel
Ministry of Truth heard that a young blonde female soldier was severely
injured and they made up a heroic story about her, as part of their ongoing
Iraq-war attempt to manipulate American public opinion.
And what does Jessica Lynch do? She has the nerve to
toss out the script the propagandists wrote for her. She has the audacity
to speak for herself. She has the American heartland respect for the truth.
She became a hero, in an entirely different role than the Bush Cartel
wrote for her.
Jessica Lynch, the young woman who joined the army after
she was turned down for a position at Wal-Mart has something no one else
in the Bush Cartel has -- or anyone in the fawning corporate media --
or anyone of the braying "amen choir" of millionaire GOP television
and radio pundits: Jessica Lynch has integrity.
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