But should we ignore the distortions that have come from the administration about Libya, the “green-on-blue” attacks that are the result of terrorist penetration of Afghan forces and the progress of the nuclear program in Iran that — during the debate — prompted the vice-president to laugh?
The truth of the matter is that there is a lot of evidence that the Obama Doctrine is failing. “Al Qaeda Central” may have been “decimated,” but it has been rebuilt. The Taliban just shot a 14-year-old girl in Pakistan for the sin of wanting an education. An ambassador is dead, and congressional hearings have uncovered a great deal of incompetence in the handling of our national security abroad.
All of this brings me to Lara Logan, my new hero. As the chief foreign affairs correspondent for “60 Minutes,” she is everything I admire in a human being. She is smart, brazen, competent, principled and brave.
Having covered hot spots around the world, Logan has garnered a slew of awards for her professional reporting. After being violently, sexually assaulted in Tharir Square on the night that Hosni Mubarak fell from power — in a part of the world in which there really is a frightening “war on women” — she has stood up stronger and refused to remain a victim.
But while giving the keynote speech to the Better Government Association luncheon in Chicago a few days ago, Logan dared say what she really thinks about the Obama administration’s mendacious handling of terrorism.
Well, unleash the dogs of war, especially one syndicated talk show host, Leslie Marshall. Commenting on a Fox News program, Marshall said Logan was “too emotional,” after being gang-raped in Egypt more than a year ago, to speak about foreign affairs. In “US News,” Marshall added that Logan is gratuitously “spreading fear with her words about the Taliban, al Qaida, our role in Afghanistan, etc.”
Now, I am not much of a “feminist,” per the modern political connotations of that term, but as a modern woman, I don’t hesitate to say I find such salvos against Ms. Logan disgusting and disturbing. Furthermore, I don’t understand them.
Logan was speaking in a setting where her opinion had been solicited. She was communicating information she had uncovered for a story, which is her job. And who could argue the merit of her very informed, very rational thoughts?
Not only have we learned from the congressional hearings on the murders in Libya that our state department left Americans at the mercy of terrorists who killed them on Sept. 11, we have confirmation that the Obama administration’s reporting of events overseas has been blatantly false. The video narrative was a politically motivated red herring to distract attention from a Middle East burning.
On this matter — as well as the question of the “decimation” of terrorists — Logan noted “the American people were being misled…. I don’t think that politics should dictate your national security policy.”
If only more journalists would tell the truth.
The day after the congressional hearings on Libya, The New York Times had as its top-of-the-fold story an article on Lance Armstrong and doping.
USA Today also didn’t highlight Libya the very morning after it was confirmed that the State Department turned down requests for added security at the Benghazi Embassy, but the editors inserted above the fold a column about how more Americans are choosing to live alone.
Does that sort of journalism show integrity, Ms. Marshall?
While we can choose to trust Joe Biden’s news that al-Qaida is “decimated,” Logan has told us why information from the administration is suspect. She has reminded us that there was “a big song and dance about whether (Libya) was a terrorist attack or a protest. And you just want to scream for God’s sake, are you kidding me?”
You’re preaching to the choir, sister.
Referring to the FBI agents dispatched to the region, she addressed the powers-that-be with a plea, “that the United States will not stand by and do nothing” when attacked.
If the debate Thursday evening gave any indication of what those powers-that-be are thinking, I’m afraid Logan’s plea will go unanswered. Biden finds national security a guffawing matter, and President Obama — who feels the tides of war are receding — has shown after his debate that he’s content to focus more on Big Bird.
Perhaps Leslie Marshall would counsel we ignore those facts on the ground.
Barbara Donnelly Lane lives in east Cobb and blogs on the MDJonline.com web site.