CBS' Lara Logan warns that Muslim jihadis are coming for us
Journalist says that Obama administration is lying to the public about jihadist threat
Lara Logan, correspondent for CBS' "60 Minutes," had a dire warning to offer about 1,100 influential people from government, politics, media and the legal and corporate arenas. Logan's ominous message was arrived at from her years of covering U.S. military involvement in the Middle East. Logan had arrived in Chicago shortly after her Sept. 30 report, "The Longest War," which examines the Afghanistan conflict.
Lara Logan maintains that the U.S. government is downplaying the strength of our enemies in Afghanistan and Pakistan, as a rationale of getting us out of the longest war.
"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. Quite contrary to what the White House says, America's military might has tamed the Taliban.
"There is this narrative coming out of Washington for the last two years," Logan said. She says this is because of "Taliban apologists," who claim "they are just the poor moderate, gentler, kinder Taliban," she added sarcastically. "It's such nonsense!"
Logan 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 alive and well, teaming up and recruiting new terrorists to do us deadly harm, she reports.
Logan maintains that the U.S. government is downplaying the strength of our enemies in Afghanistan and Pakistan, as a rationale of getting us out of the longest war. Logan says that the U.S. public has 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."
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, Logan says. She says that she 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."
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