CBS correspondent Lara Logan gave a compelling keynote address at the Better Government Association’s annual luncheon recently. She discussed many pressing issues on Afghanistan, the Taliban and Al Qaeda. Laura Logan was the reporter who during the Arab Spring in 2011 was brutally assaulted and beaten by a savage mob the night Egyptian Prime Minister Hosni Mubarak stepped down from office.
As President Obama has repeatedly advocated the removal of troops from Afghanistan, Logan questions our decision to withdraw from that region of the world and discusses the dangers of “politics directing national security”.
“As a reporter doing investigative work,” Logan says, “I chose this subject because I can’t stand that there’s a major lie being propagated about the real situation.”
She continues, “There’s a distinction between investigating something to find out what the real situation is, and trying to prove something that you believe is true. They’re two very different things, and the second one is a very dangerous thing and is the enemy of great journalism.”
On Afghanistan, she quotes Ryan Crocker, the former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq: “We’ve killed all the slow and stupid ones. The ones that are left are more committed, and they didn’t become any more kinder or gentler in the last eleven years.”
Her final words in the video are the most powerful. I couldn’t help but get goose bumps as I watched. Her words demand respect and paint a scathing rebuke of the Obama administrations inability to call the attacks what they really were from the beginning… TERRORISM. She powerfully demanded justice and sent a message that the United States should not timidly turn aside when four American lost their lives, including that of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens.
“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 that the United States will not stand by and do nothing about it.”
Watch below for one of the best 20 minute speeches I’ve seen yet on U.S. Foreign Policy: