Facts quickly gave way to fictional public relations in the wake of the death of Pat Tillman and the rescue of Jessica Lynch, as members of Congress heardthis week. What’s shocking is how lying about both episodes seemingly came so easily to military officials and went so far — Tillman posthumously received a Silver Star based on a fabricated story of his death in Afghanistan, actually by friendly fire, and Lynch’s rescue in Iraq was turned into a quickie TV movie. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have produced plenty of real examples of valor and sacrifice. When it inflated and rewrote the facts in a grab at public glory, the military did a disservice to all its warriors.
Posted by Rhonda Holman
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