Defeat in Afghanistan and Against Al Qaeda

Lara Logan of CBS News gave an incredible speech earlier this week in the video above detailing the lies of the Obama administration regarding defeat in Afghanistan and the resurgence of Al Qaeda throughout the Middle East.  One of the more mindless mantras of the Obama re-election team was Osama bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive.  That is why the Obama administration was in fraudulent denial for so long that the Benghazi attack was a result of terrorism and instead attempted to blame the Mohammed video.  Rather than destroying Al Qaeda the Obama administration has presided over a debacle in the Middle East where the jihadists are rising in strength with Benghazi being a symbol of their renewed power.  Bravo to Lara Logan for putting Journalism first and leaving politics aside.

The American public need the truth.  Pat Smith, the mother of State Department worker Sean Smith killed in the Benghazi attack, speaks for all of us in the video below:


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Donald R. McClarey

Cradle Catholic. Active in the pro-life movement since 1973. Father of three and happily married for 35 years. Small town lawyer and amateur historian. Former president of the board of directors of the local crisis pregnancy center for a decade.


  1. I listened to 14 minutes. Does Logan ever…ever… give her quantity figure for Al Qaeda in Afghanistan in light of her rejecting the CIA’s number of fifty or does she stay switched into anecdotal mode forever?
    One requirement of a just war is that there is the possibility of success. Al Qaeda is mobile. Drone them. Logan has some other agenda that requires whole army prescence. She wants to perhaps save the women of Afghanistan. Understandable…but what has that to do with U.S. tax dollars and lives. Revamping a corrupt culture is not listed as a reason of the just war. Afghanistan is not crucial to Al Qaeda. They are mobile. Logan wants to save Afghanistani
    women underneath it all. Understandable but I don’t see how just war theory encompasses it without tremendous stretching of its concepts.

  2. A “just” war is not based on its probable outcome but instead on the concept of umm Justice. Obviously an earthly government has to consider its limitations of people and resources in undertaking any effort, military or otherwise. But now we are talking wisdom or practicality.

    However I wonder why I have the vague feeling that you are off chasing digressions and trivial questions. The issue is whether Al Qaeda is linking itself with or infiltrating the governments that the Obama Administration has welcomed in the “Arab Spring” and whether the Obama Afghan war prosecution is feckless or adroit. The Afghanistan war had the more or less explicit goal of preventing the return of the Taliban. Ms Logan noted that there has been a deterioration in that front as well, not an improvement from the surge. So the stated timeframe of withdrawal seems to be ensuring defeat. That may be the best policy but Obama has certainly not presented any of this accurately to the public. Ergo Ms Logan’s pronouncements.

  3. Rozin,
         You contradicted the Catholic catechism with your: ” A “just” war is not based on its probable outcome”.   Look up the Catholic requirements for a just war prior to giving us a private revelation from behind a cirrus cloud.  Ah heck…here’s the catechism:

    2309 The strict conditions for legitimate defense by military force require rigorous consideration. The gravity of such a decision makes it subject to rigorous conditions of moral legitimacy. At one and the same time:
     – the damage inflicted by the aggressor on the nation or community of nations must be lasting, grave, and certain;
     – all other means of putting an end to it must have been shown to be impractical or ineffective;
     – the use of arms must not produce evils and disorders graver than the evil to be eliminated. The power of modern means of destruction weighs very heavily in evaluating this condition.
    These are the traditional elements enumerated in what is called the “just war” doctrine. The evaluation of these conditions for moral legitimacy belongs to the prudential judgment of those who have responsibility for the common good.

         Lara Logan is married to a US Federal Gov. Defense contractor….Joseph Burkett with whom she committed adultery in Iraq.  He later divorced his wife and married her.  Her household’s ( 5 people…million and a half$ house) income probably unless she goes transparent… goes up with Romney’s Defense budget and down with Obama’s…up with full army prescence in the mideast…down with smart war Panetta.  She may or may not be motivated by this but should recuse herself from the topic entirely.  Muslim women saved her from a molesting mob which means she could be motivated well ( by them) or ill ( hubby’s income under Romney).  Scripture says “avoid the very appearance of evil”.  She should recuse herself.

  4. “She may or may not be motivated by this ”

    Bill, I would greatly appreciate it if you would never bring tripe like this again into my comboxes unless you have evidence to support your allegation.

  5. Off topic, but I am continually amazed by people who somehow think the first amendment covers their right to spew tripe in an internet comment box. Congrats, Donald, you are now Congress.

  6. Oddly, I’ve seen folks outraged that a month later CNN let the mother come on and demand answers, claiming it was manipulating her for ratings.

    Yes, it got ratings. It also gave her a platform to demand answers.

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