British Broadcasting Corp. documentary concluded after interviewing Iraqis that the rescue was a Hollywood-style stunt designed to boost patriotism at a difficult time in the war.
Washington Post, Richard Cohen says that their reports were not accurate.
The Post initially said Lynch was shot and stabbed as she fought off her attackers "gun blazing" until she was taken prisoner.
"Trouble is, much of that may be false," Cohen wrote, adding Lynch was likely neither shot nor stabbed.
In the Lynch case, for instance, The Post sent a correspondent to the hospital in But none of those stories got the play of the first, and none of them specifically said, "Look, folks, we're not so sure anymore." Instead, the caveats and doubts were folded into other stories. The reader, like a CIA analyst, had to read everything to understand what The Post was saying. It seemed to be backing off its original account, but not in a forthright way.Jessica Lynch:
States she does not remember the event
One person unlikely to shed any light on what happened is Lynch, who doctors say has no recollection of the event.
Pentagon spokesman Marine Lt. Col. Dave Lapan said it was "ludicrous and insulting" for the BBC to suggest the rescue was staged and hyped up.
Army spokesman Bruce Anderson said the military was doing its own investigation into the capture of Lynch. "It's an after-action review of a significant incident," said. The Army's Criminal Investigation unit is doing a separate investigation into the treatment of prisoners of war to determine whether any war crimes were committed by Iraqis. Unit spokesman Chris Gray said investigators had been on the ground in since the beginning of the conflict.
Commandos refused a key to gain access to the hospital and used unnecessary force to enter.
The commandos refused a key and instead broke down doors and went in with guns drawn. They carried away the prisoner in the dead of night with helicopter and armored vehicle backup - even though there was no Iraqi military presence and the hospital staff didn't resist.
Has anyone here seen this documentary? With the stated facts IMO the timing of the rescue does seem convenient along with the facts presented. I am not a conspiracy theorist but with the questions ,could it be the government tried to gain public sympathy and bury outrage over the on going war?