CBS’ Lara Logan Slams US Government And Says The Taliban Is As Strong As  Ever

Tiffany Gabbay, The Blaze|Oct.  8, 2012,  5:03 PM|9,764|62

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Blaze readers are likely familiar with CBS  correspondent, Lara  Logan, the wartime journalist who endured a horrific ordeal in Egypt last  summer when she was beaten and sexually assaulted by a mob of angry Egyptian men  during their Arab Spring “celebrations.” Now, Logan has a message for the  public: “they” (the Taliban and other Islamic operatives) are as strong as ever.

During a recent keynote address at the Better Government Association annual  luncheon last Tuesday, Logan delivered what the Chicago Sun Times called “a provocative speech” to some  1,100 movers in government, politics, media, and the legal and corporate arenas.  She explained that the Taliban, al Qaeda and its proxies haven’t gone away and  are in fact re-energized and coming back in force. Logan also informed the crowd  that a “lie” is being propagated by the American government.

“I chose this subject because, one, I can’t stand, that there is a major lie  being propagated…” Logan announced. The lie is that the U.S. military has  tamed the Taliban.

“There is this narrative coming out of Washington for the last two years,” Logan began. It is driven in part by “Taliban apologists,“ who claim ”they are  just the poor moderate, gentler, kinder Taliban.”

“It’s such nonsense!”

The Sun Times continues:

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.

Logan went on to say that people have been duped into believing that the  threat of radical Islam is merely a thing of the past, saying:

“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.”

The CBS foreign correspondent, who broke with her traditional journalist’s  role and actually shared her personal opinion with the group, also called for  retribution for the slaying of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens, two Navy  SEALs and one additional U.S. civil servant in Libya.

According to the Sun Times, Logan hopes 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.”

While the Sun Times article appeared to question Logan for delving into  opinion and “being” the story rather than “reporting” the story, it is difficult  to imagine that someone who experienced atrocities in the Middle East first hand  and was in fact physically assaulted could refrain from speaking from  personal experience. After all, who better than one who lived it is  qualified to judge?

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