When a country or political regime is losing a war, it searches desperately for stories that will encourage and embolden the "home front".
Usually, the more desperate the regime is to save its sorry reputation, the more embellished the stories become.
Under the full glare of a congressional committee, the lies told by the Pentagon (with the tacit approval of the Whitehouse) regarding the "heroism" of two of its service personnel have been exposed.
The brother of the late Cpl Pat Tillman, and Pte Jessica Lynch herself both appeared before the committee and debunked the stories propagated by the Pentagon about the heroism of Pte Lynch and Cpl Tillman.
Miss Lynch, who was injured near Nasiriyah in the 2003 invasion, said:
"I am still confused why they chose to lie and make me a legend."
Kevin Tillman, brother of Cpl Tillman, said that the deception "crossed the legal definition of fraud".
When a country and a "regime" deceives its own people in this way, the war is most assuredly lost and the grip on power of that "regime" failing fast.