Monday, October 8, 2012

Lara Logan Decries “Narrative Coming Out of Washington”: The Taliban and al-Qaida have not been vanquished

From Nice DebVia Dan Riehl - ◼ Laura Washington of the Chicago Sun-Times described her speech to the roughly 1,100 influentials from government, politics, media, and the legal and corporate arenas as “provocative”, “ominous and frightening”:
She arrived in Chicago on the heels of her Sept. 30 report, “The Longest War.” It examined the Afghanistan conflict and exposed the perils that still confront America, 11 years after 9/11.

Eleven years later, “they” still hate us, now more than ever, Logan told the crowd. The Taliban and al-Qaida have not been vanquished, she added. They’re coming back.

“I chose this subject because, one, I can’t stand, that there is a major lie being propagated . . .” Logan declared in her native South African accent.

The lie is that America’s military might has tamed the Taliban.

“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 talked about her face to face 60 Minutes interview with Taliban commander on CBS This Morning:

CBS’ Lara Logan slams “Taliban apologists” in Washington, says Obama administration lying - Dan Riehl

Logan even called for retribution for the recent terrorist killings of Christopher Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to Libya, and three other officials. The event is a harbinger of our vulnerability, she said. Logan hopes that America will “exact revenge and let the world know that the United States will not be attacked on its own soil. That its ambassadors will not be murdered, and that the United States will not stand by and do nothing about it.”

Reporter Lara Logan brings ominous news from Middle East - Laura Washington/Chicago Sun-Times

Our enemies are writing the story, she suggests, and there’s no happy ending for us.

LARA LOGAN: The Obama Administration Has Been Lying to You for Two Years About the Middle East - Doug Ross

Isn't it interesting that among the very few vintage media journalists willing to speak truth to power are strong female role models like Lara Logan and Sharyl Attkisson?