Video: CBS’s Afghan correspondent tears Obama’s Taliban strategy to shreds

posted at 6:47 pm on October 8, 2009 by Allahpundit

Skip ahead to 5:35 if you can’t stand waiting and stick with it for three minutes. Simply brutal, especially coming from Logan, who was on the ground over there within two months of 9/11. One thing I forgot to mention in my earlier post but which Omri Ceren remembered: Today’s White House nuance about the “real enemy” is practically a direct response to the Taliban’s latest propaganda about what peaceful, law-abiding people they really are.

Afghanistan’s insurgent Taliban marked the eighth anniversary of the U.S. invasion Wednesday saying they have no “agenda” to harm other countries but would continue fighting as long as America and its allies remain in the troubled nation.

The Taliban insistence that it would pose no threat to other countries appeared aimed at countering suspicions that the Islamist movement would support al-Qaida’s global jihad if they returned to power. Supporters of the war fear that al-Qaida would regain its once-dominant position in Afghanistan if the Taliban topple the U.S.-backed Afghan government…

“We did not have any agenda to harm other countries including Europe, nor we have such agenda today,” the group said. “Still, if you want to turn the country of the proud and pious Afghans into a colony, then know that we have an unwavering determination and have braced for a prolonged war.”

Like Logan says, “negotiations” with the Taliban have been going on for six years with jack squat to show for them — and yet, oddly, our new “smart power” national security apparatus appears ready to take this latest overture seriously. Go figure.

How’s this for a compromise? If The One’s serious about ceding back parts of the country because the Taliban’s not really an enemy, can he at least acknowledge that his many statements over the years about defeating them — not just Al Qaeda but the Taliban itself — were either grossly ill-informed or incredibly cynically calculated? A little candor on that score would ease the blow of the new big lie about how we’re all on the same team or whatever.


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Coming from Ms. Snark, this is even more devastating.

PattyJ on October 8, 2009 at 6:50 PM

CBS actually aired this? Wow.

Wethal on October 8, 2009 at 6:52 PM

what an indictment!

and what a hottie. :-)

homesickamerican on October 8, 2009 at 6:54 PM

We’re going to lose over there because of this Admin’s blundering.

Obama does not want to be concerned with any kind of foreign policy, except when he can give speeches to adoring throngs of Europe. He’d rather focus his time on healthcare. That, his overwhelming ego, and his preening arrogance are dwarfed only by his basic incompetance.

Revenant on October 8, 2009 at 6:55 PM

I think Dear Leader admires people who blow up things…his ghostwriter was a terrorist.

d1carter on October 8, 2009 at 6:55 PM

EPIC FAIL.

Failure on job growth.
Failure on GDP growth
Failure on health care.
Failure on Iraq.
Failure on Afghanistan.
Failure on Missile Shield.
Failure on the US Dollar.
Failure on the Olympics
etc, etc, etc.

Failure on EVERYTHING.

Norwegian on October 8, 2009 at 6:56 PM

You wonder what the editors were thinking. Brutal … Going to get a White House rebuke … Incoming, Axlerod is diverting from dumping on FNC to dumping on CBS in 5,4,3,2, …

This Obama containment strategy is the same failed strategy of containment that Johnson pursued with JFKs war, while he tried to make a legacy for himself with his great society crapper. And look how well that worked out.

Fighting half arsed wars is only slightly worse than fighting a war half arsed.

tarpon on October 8, 2009 at 6:57 PM

Axelrod is already on the phone to the head of CBS screaming “Who’s %$&#@&$ side are you on? WE WANT 1 hour of prime time to rebut your reporter!”

GarandFan on October 8, 2009 at 6:57 PM

Jake Tapper will be on this, i.e., Candidate Obama’s hardline speeches against the Taliban and President Obama’s conversion.

Can’t vouch for others.

SteveMG on October 8, 2009 at 6:57 PM

No big deal. Next will be that Iran does not pose a threat having nukes.
Of course Israel will be just as shocked as our allies are right about now hearing the rehabilitation of the Taliban. Women can rejoice……

Starlink on October 8, 2009 at 6:53 PM

Joe Biden already said this: http://hotair.com/archives/2009/09/17/biden-iran-not-a-threat/

deidre on October 8, 2009 at 6:58 PM

How long will Logan continue to work for CBS if she doesn’t show 100% support for Obama?

RJL on October 8, 2009 at 6:58 PM

“This is a Commander-in-Chief who wants to do the right thing.”

She seems okay, otherwise, but that’s just a stupid lie and everyone with a brain knows it.

progressoverpeace on October 8, 2009 at 6:59 PM

And this coming from someone who has touted Obama.

terryannonline on October 8, 2009 at 6:59 PM

Watch out for drones, Logan. I hear Obama has decided to double down in the Criticism War. He’s brought in a new general, increased troop strength, and the new ROE are ‘take no prisoners’.

Dusty on October 8, 2009 at 6:59 PM

I put a clip up of Lara Logan on my blog yesterday she was on Colbert Report, and I agreed with a lot of what she said. Until she came to the part where she said, the troops in Afghanistan were afraid that Obama wouldn’t send troop reinforcements.

Sorry Lara our Fighting Force Isn’t Afraid.

Dr Evil on October 8, 2009 at 7:00 PM

Quick. Somebody notify Mr_B, the leader of the Progressives.

portlandon on October 8, 2009 at 7:00 PM

Wow. Very effective 3 minute take down.

BadgerHawk on October 8, 2009 at 7:01 PM

Only the Super Rich can save us. Nader proposes a super elite clique of all the leftists billionaires to decide how life should be run in the United States.

keep the change on October 8, 2009 at 7:01 PM

It’s as if Obama found the White House in a box of Corn Flakes, isn’t it?

Sharke on October 8, 2009 at 7:02 PM

If we’re going to do this, then we need to use overwhelming force and have a strategy to win. Period. A piecemeal approach is a recipe for disaster.

ncborn on October 8, 2009 at 7:02 PM

So I get that she feels passionately and supportive but she could try not embarrass our Military Service People. They deserve some respect. Maybe instead of characterizing them as Afraid, she should just be thankful for them, like the rest of America.

Dr Evil on October 8, 2009 at 7:03 PM

Maybe some at CBS have been listening to Rush on CBS affiliates.

Zerobama said over and over that we should defeat the Tally-bahn. Zerobama is going to run out of things to lie about.

Mojave Mark on October 8, 2009 at 7:03 PM

Quick. Somebody notify Mr_B, the leader of the Progressives.

portlandon on October 8, 2009 at 7:00 PM

mr_B got between the anvil and the hammer.

ICBM on October 8, 2009 at 7:03 PM

Wow. Very effective 3 minute take down.

BadgerHawk on October 8, 2009 at 7:01 PM

That was a bunker buster.

the_nile on October 8, 2009 at 7:04 PM

Maybe the Taliban will like us more if we give them free health care.

Erich66 on October 8, 2009 at 7:04 PM

mr_B got between the anvil and the hammer.

ICBM on October 8, 2009 at 7:03 PM

Thank goodness. He was over the line.

deidre on October 8, 2009 at 7:05 PM

Wow. and this is coming from the lamestream media.

becki51758 on October 8, 2009 at 7:05 PM

Next will be that Iran does not pose a threat using nukes.

Starlink on October 8, 2009 at 7:04 PM

Next will be: There’s more cities..

the_nile on October 8, 2009 at 7:06 PM

It’s as if Obama found the White House in a box of Corn Flakes, isn’t it?

Sharke on October 8, 2009 at 7:02 PM

Acorn flakes..

the_nile on October 8, 2009 at 7:07 PM

Wow. and this is coming from the lamestream media.

becki51758 on October 8, 2009 at 7:05 PM

They better blog about how this is a lie.

I can’t see them going through with this. They’ll back down.

deidre on October 8, 2009 at 7:07 PM

“We did not have any agenda to harm other countries including Europe, nor we have such agenda today,” the group said.

Uh huh, right! That’s why the Taliban allowed AQ to setup shop in Afghanistan to train and plan terrorists attacks on the west because they’re such “peaceful” people without an agenda against the west!

It sounds to me like the Taliban’s comments are directed at the gullible lefty peace-nick thumb suckers that believe that they (the Taliban, AQ, et al) don’t really hate us and are only attacking us because of all the evil the US perpetrates against them!

What a bunch of BS yet morons like Michael Moore et al buy this BS hook, line, and sinker unfortunately all of us we will suffer yet another attack due to the ideological blindness and stupidity of a few!

Liberty or Death on October 8, 2009 at 7:09 PM

Obama does not want to do the right thing for the United States. He wants to do all he can, which is a lot, to diminish America’s strength and its institutions, including our military.

GaltBlvnAtty on October 8, 2009 at 7:09 PM

They better blog about how this is a lie.

I can’t see them going through with this. They’ll back down.

deidre on October 8, 2009 at 7:07 PM

She looks like a racist..

the_nile on October 8, 2009 at 7:11 PM

Now that’s what I call speaking Truth to Power.

Is anyone in Washington listening?

smartsy on October 8, 2009 at 7:11 PM

Dr Evil on October 8, 2009 at 7:00 PM

You are correct. What they want is a change in the ROE and to FINISH the enemy. Now thats a plan.

dogsoldier on October 8, 2009 at 7:12 PM

Hot. Check. Not an Obama shill. Check.

Hi Lara this is Fox News’ recruitment director. How would you like a job?

RightWinged on October 8, 2009 at 7:13 PM

It’s time to read Logan her Miranda rights.

rjoco1 on October 8, 2009 at 7:13 PM

Incompetent wuss is not used often enough.

jdkchem on October 8, 2009 at 7:15 PM

She will probably be fired. I would rather see her in charge than buffoons like Obama and Biden.

echosyst on October 8, 2009 at 7:15 PM

Thank you for saying so.

Mr. Joe on October 8, 2009 at 7:17 PM

From an embed who has spent more time on the ground with troops and leaders in Afghanistan than Wonder Boy and Plugs combined. Who do ya trust?

Fletch54 on October 8, 2009 at 7:18 PM

she must be conservative….beauty and brains! she sounds like an aussie girl!

right4life on October 8, 2009 at 7:18 PM

Petrus 2012!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

lavell12 on October 8, 2009 at 7:18 PM

A little candor on that score would ease the blow of the new big lie about how we’re all on the same team or whatever.

Islam will never be on liberty’s team and no amount of wishing will ever make it so.

MB4 on October 8, 2009 at 7:20 PM

Acorn flakes..

the_nile on October 8, 2009 at 7:07 PM

Heh. Good one.

1921 C DRUM on October 8, 2009 at 7:20 PM

How’s this for a compromise? If The One’s serious about ceding back parts of the country because the Taliban’s not really an enemy, can he at least acknowledge that his many statements over the years about defeating them — not just Al Qaeda but the Taliban itself — were either grossly ill-informed or incredibly cynically calculated? A little candor on that score would ease the blow of the new big lie about how we’re all on the same team or whatever

Why should he give you squat, AP? You don’t even have the balls to demand that he produce his birth certificate. You act like you are suffering from Stockholm Syndrome.

Can I see your driver’s license, sir? Fuck off, racist.

Basilsbest on October 8, 2009 at 7:21 PM

It’s as if Obama found the White House in a box of Corn Flakes, isn’t it?

Sharke on October 8, 2009 at 7:02 PM

Cracker Jacks

uh oh… am I racist for saying ‘cracker’? I can never remember…

malclave on October 8, 2009 at 7:21 PM

This did not air on CBS News. This is for Internet Viewing audiences only.

gabriel sutherland on October 8, 2009 at 7:21 PM

I called several Senators ( McCain -McConnell- Hagen) today and I was mad but polite — They all are skating on thin ice – when it concerns our Military and oil production/ Jobs — I challenged them to have the President explain our rules of engagement for Afghanistan to the American People – referred to last weekends raid on the forward basis ..also Kill the Health Care and Cap & Trade Bills.

wheels on October 8, 2009 at 7:22 PM

Islam will never be on liberty’s team and no amount of wishing will ever make it so.

MB4 on October 8, 2009 at 7:20 PM

True. No amount of PC is going to make it so either.

Fletch54 on October 8, 2009 at 7:22 PM

Please, The WH doesn’t care what anyone says, they want a complete takedown in Afghanistan so they impose martial law here because of threats.

I know that is fantasy but think about it.

GO BIRDS
Praise Fonzie

igglesphan on October 8, 2009 at 7:22 PM

So CrockObama has bitten the hand that feeds him and was instrumental in getting him elected? By calling out the media today, they may be in for a shock….Is this a start?

dthorny on October 8, 2009 at 7:22 PM

I just don’t like her.

RobCon on October 8, 2009 at 7:23 PM

This did not air on CBS News. This is for Internet Viewing audiences only.

gabriel sutherland on October 8, 2009 at 7:21 PM

Oh man…is that true? Confirmed?

right2bright on October 8, 2009 at 7:23 PM

Hot. Check. Not an Obama shill. Check.

Hi Lara this is Fox News’ recruitment director. How would you like a job?

RightWinged on October 8, 2009 at 7:13 PM

She must have heard us proposing replacements for Shep’s two hours. Gotta love the accent. But hasn’t she gotten into a little trouble messing around with some married military guys over there?

BuckeyeSam on October 8, 2009 at 7:24 PM

Lara had me going,going,going,going and then I peaked on Ralph Nadar……DOH!!!

RobCon on October 8, 2009 at 7:24 PM

The Community Organizer in Chief doesn’t want to be bothered by such trifling distractions. His full attention must be on dismantling the eeeeevil United States and “fundamentally transforming” it into a Marxist utopia. Geesh! Give the guy a break!

alwaysright43 on October 8, 2009 at 7:25 PM

Petrus 2012!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

lavell12 on October 8, 2009 at 7:18 PM

Who is Petrus?
Maybe Petraeus? General David Howell Petraeus?

right2bright on October 8, 2009 at 7:25 PM

This did not air on CBS News. This is for Internet Viewing audiences only.

gabriel sutherland on October 8, 2009 at 7:21 PM

Oh man…is that true? Confirmed?

right2bright on October 8, 2009 at 7:23 PM

Makes sense. It’s a 15 minute segment and the CBS nightly news is only 22 minutes long.

BadgerHawk on October 8, 2009 at 7:25 PM

Barack Obama, October 2, 2002:

After September 11th, after witnessing the carnage and destruction, the dust and the tears, I supported this Administration’s

pledge to hunt down and root out those who would slaughter innocents in the name of intolerance

, and I would willingly take up arms myself to prevent such a tragedy from happening again.

That’s what he had to say about the war in Afghanistan, not even 1 year into it. Our enemies were those who were intolerant. Neither the Taliban, nor alQaeda, but those who kill in the name of intolerance. That was his overwhelming, strong support of the fighting going on there at the time (eyeroll).

This part, now, is just pretty darned funny:

I don’t oppose all wars. And I know that in this crowd today, there is no shortage of patriots, or of patriotism. What I am opposed to is a dumb war. What I am opposed to is a rash war. What I am opposed to is the cynical attempt by Richard Perle and Paul Wolfowitz and other arm-chair, weekend warriors in this Administration to shove their own ideological agendas down our throats, irrespective of the costs in lives lost and in hardships borne.

What I am opposed to is the attempt by political hacks like Karl Rove to distract us from a rise in the uninsured, a rise in the poverty rate, a drop in the median income — to distract us from corporate scandals and a stock market that has just gone through the worst month since the Great Depression.

Little did he know, he was about to make all that worse.

MayBee on October 8, 2009 at 7:26 PM

she must be conservative….beauty and brains! she sounds like an aussie girl!

right4life on October 8, 2009 at 7:18 PM

she’s actually South African. sigh

Crux Australis on October 8, 2009 at 7:26 PM

she must be conservative….beauty and brains! she sounds like an aussie girl!

right4life on October 8, 2009 at 7:18 PM

She’s no conservative.

terryannonline on October 8, 2009 at 7:26 PM

Hot. Check. Not an Obama shill. Check.

Hi Lara this is Fox News’ recruitment director. How would you like a job?

RightWinged on October 8, 2009 at 7:13 PM

And she won’t have to be “foxified”*

*Janice Dean (the weather machine)on how she went from redhead to blonde coming to FOX.

And she actually said “the curtains don’t match the carpet”.

1921 C DRUM on October 8, 2009 at 7:26 PM

Erich66
goes without saying.

rob verdi on October 8, 2009 at 7:29 PM

I hope her tax records are in good order!

omnipotent on October 8, 2009 at 7:30 PM

Hey guys, you’ll be even more enamored of Lara Logan if you go look up her comments on the Iraq war military surge. Oh, and her thoughts on the US media, especially Bill O’Reilly.

No, no, really. I promise. ;)

Siobhan on October 8, 2009 at 7:30 PM

But hasn’t she gotten into a little trouble messing around with some married military guys over there?

She had an affair with a military contractor as well as CNN’s Michael Ware… the National Enquirer picked up on it, but I think it was a bad move for people to treat it like a genuine issue, since as far as I can tell it didn’t influence her reporting.

Siobhan on October 8, 2009 at 7:35 PM

Obama heard Biden’s predator-based strategy and assumed he meant block grants to Afghan community organizations.

R Square on October 8, 2009 at 7:35 PM

Hot. Check. Not an Obama shill. Check.

Hi Lara this is Fox News’ recruitment director. How would you like a job?

RightWinged on October 8, 2009 at 7:13 PM

I’d say replace Shepard Smith with this woman, but than Jetboy wouldn’t have any eye candy to gawk at on FoxNews.

Shep is the prettier than half the women there.

portlandon on October 8, 2009 at 7:38 PM

Siobhan on October 8, 2009 at 7:35 PM

If she had anything to do with Ware she has a serious drinking problem.

thomasaur on October 8, 2009 at 7:38 PM

No, the Taliban is just a bunch of nice religious people.

After all the speechifying about how the US just loves Muslims, is a Muslim nation, etc. etc. I would be surprised if the Big O gives McChrystal what he needs.

Rather, he will probably give a token force, to pacify us warmongers, while telling the left he is doing so to get space to withdraw completely. It will probably look like a compromise, but with the least commitment possible. How he squares that with all he’s said about Afghanistan being the war that matters, who knows or cares.

I’d say he’s going to let us, the troops, and Afghanis down, except we no longer expect any better from him. It’s the Afghanis who will pay the biggest price, in the short term. Libs are so caring, right?

jodetoad on October 8, 2009 at 7:41 PM

OMG get the Fox News Contract out………sign this lady up!

Cinday Blackburn on October 8, 2009 at 7:43 PM

Caught national Geographic’s Inside the Green Berets. Very good show and illuminates some of the challenges.

We need more boots on the ground and we need them quickly.

Check out the show if you’re able: Link

R Square on October 8, 2009 at 7:43 PM

The Taliban as partners in peace, great work.

rob verdi on October 8, 2009 at 7:43 PM

Wouldn’t it be something if a reporter forced Obama to do the right thing and not his hand picked general…?

Seven Percent Solution on October 8, 2009 at 7:45 PM

Hey Democrats, if you thought the war in Iraq was a great terrorist recruiting tool, wait ’til you see what happens when you give Af-Pak the Vietnam treatment.

Kafir on October 8, 2009 at 7:47 PM

“negotiations” with the Taliban have been going on for six years with jack and squat to show for them

Perhaps Wolf Blitzer should fact check Lara Logan.

katy on October 8, 2009 at 7:48 PM

I once read somewhere that lara Logan gets around with EVERYONE when she is out reporting. So I wouldnt take her too seriously.

ousoonerfan15 on October 8, 2009 at 7:48 PM

mr_B got between the anvil and the hammer.

ICBM on October 8, 2009 at 7:03 PM

Good riddance! Maybe he can next come between a terrorist’s scimitar and a chopping block.

Dark-Star on October 8, 2009 at 7:50 PM

I want to marry this lady…..truth-honesty-and not afraid of the Obummer….nice qualities..

hawkman on October 8, 2009 at 7:53 PM

Dang! That will leave a mark.

So she isn’t conservative AND she has a non-American accent.

Absolute Moral Authority!!

aikidoka on October 8, 2009 at 7:55 PM

Thought I’d pass along a good blog associated with the American Legion. Excellent story re: Battle for COP Keating, including combat video of some of the frequent fire fights. It certainly provides some perspective as to their inferior ground position relative to the surrounding terrain.

R Square on October 8, 2009 at 7:57 PM

No one can pull defeat from the jaws of victory like the Donks.

ronsfi on October 8, 2009 at 7:58 PM

R Square on October 8, 2009 at 7:57 PM

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The troops that survived lost all their belongings. You can donate at the link at the bottom. Do it.

ronsfi on October 8, 2009 at 7:59 PM

AP failed to warn us about Nader droning on about his boring book. A new version of being Rick Rolled or a more effective alternative to waterboarding?

I mean, Yoko Ono??? Ralph Nader: syn. lyrical wordsmith; genius; possibly breaded.

aurelius on October 8, 2009 at 8:02 PM

I like most of what she said, except she gave Obama entirely too much credit. He’s not taking time on this decision because he “cares”. If he “cared”, he wouldn’t waste a day bringing in legislators who probably are even less knowledgeable of the situation and of history than he is. (Stunning thought that is!–maybe I should have said “than he’s chosen to be”, since he does have a ton of resources available to him if he just used them properly) He is playing politics on this, plain and simple.

johnny alpha on October 8, 2009 at 8:02 PM

She should replace Shep.

R Square on October 8, 2009 at 8:06 PM

Iran’s mullahs want to be our friend too. No, really.

Cicero43 on October 8, 2009 at 8:29 PM

This woman is spot on, I had’nt caught this particular piece but saw her last night on Charlie Rose and thought, whoa where in the hell did she come from? She’s exceptionally sharp, and yes… just freakin hot as hell!

Archimedes on October 8, 2009 at 8:31 PM

My oh my, that woman knows her stuff.

Terrye on October 8, 2009 at 8:32 PM

Love the eye-roll when she is asked about Biden’s ‘plan.’

In fact, loved everything she had to say except that soldiers are happy that Obama is taking so long to consider the troop request. What would make them happy, I’m pretty sure, is the CiC taking a stand and backing his hand-picked commander.

LASue on October 8, 2009 at 8:52 PM

Dr Evil on October 8, 2009 at 7:00 PM

That clip was hysterical! Wish you would share it here….I loved it when Colbert said–”if Obama can’t make up his mind, does that mean Bush is still our commander-in-chief?”

lovingmyUSA on October 8, 2009 at 9:18 PM

Failure on EVERYTHING.

Norwegian on October 8, 2009 at 6:56 PM

He’s actually succeeding somewhat on…

rallying the opposition.

Sapwolf on October 8, 2009 at 9:19 PM

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