Do you remember Lara Logan?
She is the CBS reporter molested and nearly killed in Cairo’s Tahrir Square in the middle of that beautiful (not!) Arab Spring way back in what now seems an eternity ago—2011. Here is just one of many stories about her ordeal. And, here, we reported that CBS sat on the horrible news for five days presumably because it didn’t fit the media’s narrative about the flowering of democracy in North Africa and the Middle East nor the Obama Administration’s on-going theme about how Muslims want democracy and are just like us!
The root of the Administration’s recent cover-up and lies about what happened in Benghazi, is that they just can’t come to grips with who this enemy is. They have developed a mythical theme about the Islamists, Obama concocted his famous fairy tale in Cairo in 2009, and the murder of our Ambassador doesn’t fit the theme.
(That’s the benign version of how the State Department under Clinton went wrong, there is a much more frightening and sinister possibility and that is that the State Department is already deeply infiltrated by the Muslim Brotherhood. It will be a long time before we learn how deeply).
In the meantime, Logan’s speech to the Better Government Association earlier this month about the nature of the enemy must be heeded.
Here is just one portion of the speech posted at Frontpage magazine (emphasis mine):
“It’s amazing to me that we are still comparing Afghanistan to Vietnam.
“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 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 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.”
“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 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.”
You can view Logan’s entire passionate speech here.
* I don’t agree that the Viet Cong didn’t care what was happening in America. They surely were part of the still on-going Communist movement to bring that failed system to the entire world. The Islamic supremacists, seeking a worldwide caliphate, want to control the world too—through Shariah Law. Right now they are teamed up against us. If they should defeat us, the lovers of liberty, I wonder sometimes which of those two will destroy the other?
** In an incredibly sad coincidence two young sailors from Washington County, MD (out of 17 ) lost their lives when the USS Cole was attacked 12 years ago. Here is a story from this past Friday about a memorial service for one of those sailors. The other sailor, 19 year-old Patrick Roy, was permitted to be buried at the Antietam National Cemetery (a mile from my home) which had long been closed. I remember vividly the gathering of hundreds outside the cemetery as the point in time when we first began to get an inkling of the long war ahead of us.