Chicago Sun-Times on a speech by Lara Logan:
Her ominous and frightening message was gleaned from years of covering our wars in the Middle East. She arrived in Chicago on the heels of her Sept. 30 report, “The Longest War.” It examined the Afghanistan conflict and exposed the perils that still confront America, 11 years after 9/11.
Eleven years later, “they” still hate us, now more than ever, Logan told the crowd. The Taliban and al-Qaida have not been vanquished, she added. They’re coming back.
“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.
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!”
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. 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.
I gotta disagree with Ms. Logan on this one. We’ve already announced we are leaving that piece of shit country. We should just pack up our stuff and get the fuck out.
Things are not gonna get better anytime soon. Our voters would not stand for increasing our troop strength and the Soviets proved that you can’t win the Afghani hearts and minds by use of force anyway. Most importantly, the people we went in there to get aren’t there anymore.
Yes, they hate us. The longer we stay there the more they will hate us. But if we aren’t over there they have to hate us at a distance. What we can do is make clear that we will not tolerate that country (or any other nation) being a terrorist haven like it was before the attacks on September 11th. We can keep sending them money and other support as long as they behave. Otherwise, fuck ’em.
Sometimes there are no right answers.