I won’t claim to know what is going on in Lara Logan’s head and how her recovery has been progressing or even whether her new comments have anything to do with what happened to her, but right now she is one of the very few international correspondents to actually be bucking the trend on Afghanistan.
Most of the media wanted Obama to pull out of Afghanistan immediately or close to it. The coverage of his initial surge ranged from the unfriendly to hostile, without actually crossing all the way into Republican territory. Since then the media has mainly buried coverage of the crisis and refused to draw the crucial connections.
Now the media is prepared to give Obama his fake Mission Accomplished moment in Afghanistan without calling him on a lost war and the 1,500 lives on his watch.
Lara Logan has broken with the crowd and that’s not unprecedented in her career. Her latest statements suggests that she’s speaking out about reports that she is unable to file.
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.
“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!”
The lie is that America’s military might has tamed the Taliban.
This goes directly against Obama’s narrative that victory has been won and the Afghans will be ready to take over in 2014. Every working reporter in the area knows it’s a complete lie but it’s a lie that’s integral to Obama’s campaign.
More dangerously, and we don’t have access to a transcript of Logan’s remarks, she appears to be suggesting that Obama is being influenced by Taliban apologists.
For the moment, Afghanistan has not become a campaign issue. Romney doesn’t really want to touch it and polls show most Americans want to pull out. Nobody is calling Obama on the 1,500 dead in his failed surge. No one wants to talk about what really happened, because that’s too close to admitting defeat.
Lara Logan is trying to open up a conversation that the country needs to have, but that no one in the political establishment wants to have.
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.”…