In a speech last week, 60 Minutes correspondent Lara Logan delivered a disturbing message.
“There is this narrative coming out of Washington for the last two years,” Logan said. It is driven in part by “Taliban apologists,” who claim “they are just the poor moderate, gentler, kinder Taliban,” she added sarcastically. “It’s such nonsense!”
Logan stepped way out of the “objective,” journalistic role. The audience was riveted as she told of plowing through reams of documents, and interviewing John Allen, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan; Afghan President Hamid Karzai, and a Taliban commander trained by al-Qaida. The Taliban and al-Qaida are teaming up and recruiting new terrorists to do us deadly harm, she reports.
She made a passionate case that our government is downplaying the strength of our enemies in Afghanistan and Pakistan, as a rationale of getting us out of the longest war. We have been lulled into believing that the perils are in the past: “You’re not listening to what the people who are fighting you say about this fight. In your arrogance, you think you write the script.”
Our enemies are writing the story, she suggests, and there’s no happy ending for us.
At this point, Logan is right: The terrorists strike, and instead of striking back at them, the Obama administration initially denied that what happened in Benghazi was an attack at all, and hit out at American free speech rights as the motivation for the attack. The enemies could not have hoped for a better story, at least in the first week after the attack.
Logan also called for the US to strike at the terrorists who attacked us on 9-11-12, to show that the US will not tolerate attacks on our soil. So far, the attack has been tolerated: A few arrests, but no clear statement that the Benghazi sacking was an intolerable attack on American soil, which it was.
Logan once used al Qaeda propaganda footage in a report for CBS without acknowledging the fact. Five years (and an assault in Cairo) later, Lara Logan is sounding like a war hawk.