October 10, 2012

"The Taliban Are Losing" and Other Lies the Administration Tells as Exposed by Lara Logan

Telling the truth about terror:"Our way of life is under attack. We've only killed all the slow and stupid ones." An important speech. A very important speech.

Lara Logan 2012 BGA Annual Luncheon Keynote Speech - YouTube

Lara Logan's 2012 BGA Annual Luncheon Keynote Speech:

“I chose this subject because, one, I can’t stand, that there is a major lie being propagated . . . 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!” 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.

Some excerpts:

"Your deadliest enemies on the Afghan battlefield have completely freedom of movement inside Pakistan with the blessing of the Pakistanis. And every commander that's sat in your shoes has had to try and build a relationship and go through the same motions time and time again. And the effect on the battlefield remains exactly the same: American soldiers continue to die because of the support Pakistan gives to America's enemies.


To think there is any similarity between this and Viet Nam is ridiculous. The Viet Cong didn't care what you did when you went back to America. The Viet Cong weren't fighting for an Islamic caliphate. The Viet Cong didn't have a global struggle. And it's amazing to me that we constantly ignore what Al-Qaeda and the Taliban and [...] all these groups tell us every day in their own newspapers, in their own statements.

Our way of life is under attack, and if you think that's government propaganda, if you think that's nonsense, if you think that's warmongering, [then] 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.

If you fail to identify the ideological component to this fight, if you fail to identify what your enemy is really fighting for, if you lie about who they really are, I don't see how you could possible have the right strategy.

When I look at what's happening in Libya, there's a big song and dance about whether this was a terrorist attack or a protest. And you just want to scream, "For God's sake! Are you kidding me?" The last time we were attacked like this was the USS Cole, which was a prelude to the 1998 embassy bombings, which was a prelude to 9/11. And you're sending in FBI to investigate. I hope to God that you're sending in your best clandestine warriors who are going to 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 the United States will not stand by and do nothing about it."

Remarks transcribed by On The Mark

Posted by gerardvanderleun at October 10, 2012 7:13 PM
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People should be rioting in the streets of America,
with the same amount of rage as the Muslim movie critics,
DEMANDING that the US government IMMEDIATELY stop
all aid to Pakistan.

Let them get taken over by the Muslimaniacs.
Let it implode into nothing.
In fact, help it along, by bombing it "back into the stone age",
as threatened once by George W Bush,
so they can't move out their nukes.

Posted by: Daniel at October 10, 2012 8:29 PM

Logan sees the danger. few among us are willing to contemplate the solution--the eradication of Islam, which is only partially a religion. once Islamic terrorists destroy a couple of American cities, we will think about destroying their holy places, and their cities. Sea of Glass, amigoes, Sea of Glass.
Only their leaders need to be killed. the masses can be allowed to live in reservations, after spaying and neutering.

Posted by: John Cunningham at October 10, 2012 10:12 PM

Most Americans are far too sophisticated to believe in an apocalyptic holy war for the future of the world. Unfortunately, the moslems are very busy fighting that war against us.
And the first nukes must take out all the Paki nuclear capability. Then Mecca, Medina Riyadh, Teheran, Qom...
Repeat until pacified.


Posted by: jwm at October 10, 2012 11:13 PM

Logan is a very tough cookie. She is the reporter who was famously beasted upon by 200 celebrants in Tahir Square after Mubarak was deposed.

Posted by: james wilson at October 10, 2012 11:41 PM

It is extremely difficult to fight a successful counterinsurgency when the insurgents have a safe haven in a neighboring country. That, plus trying to fight a manpower-instensive war on the cheap, have allowed the Taliban to rebound when we had them on the ropes in late 2001.

The wider problems of Islamic terrorism and Sharia encroachment, different sides of the same coin, have to be confronted whenever and wherever they are found in the West, politically if possible, with automatic weapons, if necessary. Islam has no answers to the problems of the human race; it is stuck in a 1400-year-old time warp that hasn't changed appreciably since the days Mohammed walked the earth. All it has is force. Islam can only win if we abandon the field. But too many in the West are willing to do just that.

Posted by: waltj at October 10, 2012 11:59 PM

American Political leaders need to say this over and over again till they understand. The only way to win a war is to defeat the enemy army, occupy his country, and control his people. If we don't have the political will to do these things, we ought not fight a war.

Posted by: Tom at October 11, 2012 4:34 AM

"Al Qaeda changed the nature of journalism forever when they slit Daniel Pearl's throat. On camera."

She said that cold. Woman's not playin' because she's looked that monster in the eye, first-hand.

She needs to look Obama in the eye and call him out for the rat bastard Muslim AQ sympathizer he is.

Posted by: Joan of Argghh at October 11, 2012 5:23 AM

This is what journalism is supposed to be about. I'm amazed that Lara Logan was allowed to pursue and broadcast a story that directly opposes the MSM's narrative regarding Islamic terrorism.

Before she gives this speech again, if she does, she should correct her chronology. The attacks on our embassies in Africa took place in 1998; the USS Cole attack took place in 2000. Other than that, she nailed it.

Posted by: waltj at October 11, 2012 7:14 AM

Also, Lara Logan has "absolute moral authority" to call Obama out on this.

Posted by: Joan of Argghh at October 11, 2012 7:35 AM

Obama and her MSM masters are going to send her back for more political molestation. She hasn't mouthed the proper lines.
More assaults until she acquiesces becoming a true Obamabot.

Posted by: Peccable at October 11, 2012 7:43 AM

Oh my heavens. She's got my vote. It's not that hard to figure out. If somebody says they want to kill you -- let's assume they do.

Posted by: Steve at October 11, 2012 8:28 AM

Bill Jones, President Bush went after the Taliban in Afghanistan to take away Al Qaeda's safe haven, the one they used to plot and train for 9/11. What that mission morphed into over the subsequent decade was a shared venture, including Mr. "Right War" Obama.

Ms. Logan saw the truth first-hand in Egypt. I wish the leftist women of this nation could understand what we're up against...perhaps the belles of code pink will find out soon, on their little jaunt to "stop drone killings".

Posted by: Uncle Jefe at October 11, 2012 9:14 AM

That's a pretty severely mugged liberal right there.

She gets it.

Posted by: TmjUtah at October 11, 2012 7:44 PM