Editor Notes - Green on blue is slowly becoming black and white, meaning that the picture is becoming quite clear that the lies out of the Obama administration have no limitations. Our troops are being murdered by those they are forced to trust.
Lara Logan, a CBS correspondent, just recently aired an interview with General Allen, the Commander of the war theater in Afghanistan. He clearly intoned that our troops are up to the fight, but they will not be murdered or destroyed. In fact, that is exactly just what goes on daily in Afghanistan. So angry are the troops and General Allen, that the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Martin Dempsey made a surprise visit a few weeks ago to have a sit down with General Allen. Likely, General Allen laid it out on the line, so much so that, only recently was it announced that General Allen has been relieved of his command. Approval is pending to replace General Allen with General Joseph Dunford, a four star.
Lara Logan actually found the truth as told to her by General Allen, and she made a stellar presentation before an audience of 1,100 in Chicago and gave a veracious accounting of the facts regarding the Taliban and al Qaeda which is in complete opposition to that told to us by the Pentagon and the White House.
By Laura S. Washington – Chicago Sun Times
This was no ordinary rubber chicken affair. That was my reaction to the extraordinary keynoter at Tuesday’s Better Government Association annual luncheon.
Lara Logan, a correspondent for CBS’ “60 Minutes,” delivered a provocative speech to about 1,100 ‘influentials’ from government, politics, media, and the legal and corporate arenas. Such downtown gatherings are a regular on Chicago’s networking circuit. (I am a member of the BGA’s Civic Leadership Committee, and the Chicago Sun-Times was a sponsor).
Her ominous and frightening message was gleaned from years of covering our wars in the Middle East. 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 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.
As a journalist, I was queasy. Reporters should tell the story, not be the story. As an American, I was frightened.
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.”
In the “good old days,” reporters did not advocate, crusade or call for revenge.
In these “new” days in a post-9/11 world, perhaps we need more reporters who are willing to break the rules.