Two weeks ago, after spending the day visiting the wounded at Walter Reed, the same hospital where Private Lynch recuperated upon returning to the United States, Cher, of all people, crystallized the game plan. She called into C-Span to tell of her experience talking with "a boy about 19 or 20 who had lost both his arms" and then asked: "Why are none of Cheney, Wolfowitz, Bremer, the president — why aren't they taking pictures with all these guys? Because I don't understand why these guys are so hidden and why there aren't pictures of them."
I think Jessica Lynch is, in some ways, a symbol of this war, but not in the way the powers that be would have liked. Here you have a brave (though she'd probably deny it) young person who did her part to help her country in its time of need at great personal cost. We should all be thankful for what Ms. Lynch has done for us. At the same time, we have a cynical administration (and its neocon supporters) first using young people by sending them on this Iraqi errand and then using Ms. Lynch further by distorting her story.
I wasn't going to watch any fictionalized account of Ms. Lynch's rescue, but after reading the NYT story, I think I might consider catching tonight's "Saving Jessica Lynch" because Ms. Lynch's story is likely going to be part of the history of this war, and that history is still being written and re-written into the consciousness of America.