60 Minutes and CBS News Correspondent Lara Logan recently spoke at the Better Government Association’s (BGA) 2012 Annual Luncheon. She shared her thoughts into the U.S. anti-terrorism efforts in Afghanistan. She also did a story on the issue on CBS’ investigative show, 60 Minutes on September 30, 2012.
Three days ago, the BGA posted her full speech on-line which isn’t being covered by some of the mainstream media.
Here is some of what she said in her speech.
Logan said, “The Viet Cong didn’t care what you did when you went back to America. The Viet Cong didn’t fight for an Islamic caliphate. The Viet Cong didn’t fight a global struggle. It’s amazing to me that we constantly ignore – what all of these groups tell us every day in their own, in their own statements.”
“They share something. They share an idea. Al Qaeda is not an organization. You don’t have to have a card, a membership card or badge, this is terrorism – it is a completely and utterly different fight from anything we have faced in our history.”
“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, 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, but you don’t. There’s two sides and we don’t dictate the terms. In fact after eleven years of war in Afghanistan, we’re rushing for the exits as fast as we can, not only do we not dictate the terms, but we have less power to dictate anything on the world stage.”
Logan also said, “Ambassador Ryan Crocker said, “We’ve killed all the slow and stupid ones. The ones that are left are more committed and they didn’t become any kinder or gentler in the last eleven years. Another thing he said. “We think we’ve won the campaign and they haven’t even begun to fight.”
“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 can possibly have the right strategy.”
“There’s a narrative coming out of Washington, much of it driven by Pakistani lobbying money and by Taliban apologists. One of my favorite things to read about is how the Taliban today is so unlike the Taliban of 2001, they’re a more moderate, gentler kinder Taliban who just can’t wait to see women in the workplace occupying an equal role in society and great economic prosperity for all of Afghanistan and they don’t really want to take us back 3,000 years into that terrible place I witnessed.”
“And when I look at what’s happening in Libya, this big song and dance, 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 FBI to investigate. I hope to God you’re sending in your best clandestine warriors who will go in 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 that the United States will not do nothing about it.”
“If you don’t hold your leaders accountable, there is no democracy,” said Logan.