Central Iraq -- The rescue of Army Pfc. Jessica Lynch this past week by Army Rangers and Navy SEALs had all the makings of a Hollywood script -- daring, drama and heroism. Lynch is a member of the 507th Maintenance Company, the unit of mechanics and technicians who were ambushed by the so-called Fedayeen Saddam -- more accurately described as Iraqi terrorists -- which don civilian clothes and feign surrender in an attempt to delay the coalition advance on Baghdad. The joy of her rescue was not only felt by her family and neighbors in Palestine, W.V., but also here on the front lines.
I'm maneuvering with the 5th Marine Regimental Combat Team -- "the Tip of the Spear" -- which during the previous 24 hours has advanced 65 kilometers toward Baghdad thanks to its extraordinary skill and remarkable endurance, and the aid of night vision equipment.
When we stopped, Griff Jenkins, my Fox News producer, and I set up our broadcast equipment to give updates to the Fox audience. A number of the Marines gathered around to hear the latest news and listen to the press conference from CENTCOM that would shortly take place. When it was announced that Lynch had been rescued, the Marines cheered. Before returning to work, it was a brief moment to share in the happiness that a lost comrade was now found. Some of our politicians, who refuse to leave politics at the water's edge, should take a lesson from these young men and women of the armed forces who even abandon their healthy inter-service rivalries when the battle begins.
Army Rangers -- working with Navy SEALs, supported by Air Force air cover and aided by the diversion created by the Marines -- made Lynch's rescue possible. Those who were not directly involved took great pride in a job well done by their comrades in arms.
That's because the Special Operations units that conducted the raid to rescue this one American POW are typical of the kind of men and women the United States has sent over here to fight this war. They have remarkable courage and extraordinary skill. We can only hope that their accomplishments will give lie to sad stories the skeptical scribes have scribbled in the press lately, which make it appear that this war is something other than what it really is -- a very successful military campaign, planned by talented senior officers and prosecuted by the finest fighting force the world has ever seen.
Oliver North is a nationally syndicated columnist, the host of War Stories on the Fox News Channel, the author of the new novel Heroes Proved and the co-founder of Freedom Alliance, an organization that provides college scholarships to the children of U.S. military personnel killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty. Join Oliver North in Israel by going to www.olivernorthisrael.com.
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