ABC News’ Martha Raddatz, a veteran Middle East war reporter, started the vice presidential debate Thursday by pointedly asking Joe Biden about the 9/11 attack on our Libyan consulate that resulted in the murder of our ambassador.“It was a pre-planned assault by heavily armed men,” she said. “Wasn’t this a massive intelligence failure, Vice President Biden?”All Biden could say was it was a tragedy, because the facts on the ground—which are bleak—do not comport with the Obama administration’s campaign pitch that radical Islam is on the decline.In fact, in a powerful speech last Monday, CBS news reporter Lara Logan lambasted the administration for pushing the “lie”—her word—that the Taliban in Afghanistan is becoming more favorable to America. You can watch her speech here; it’s 20 minutes but so captivating I doubt you’ll notice.
- “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,” she said. And she knows what she’s talking about: She’s reported from Afghanistan for all 11 years of that war, and she’s bravely returned to the Middle East even after suffering a sexual assault in Cairo during the Arab Spring “celebration.”
- Logan was incredibly frustrated with the administration’s listless response to terrorists dragging our ambassador through the streets—a lethargy that President Obama displayed in his debate against Gov. Romney last week. Logan said:
“There was a big song and dance about 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 in the FBI to investigate. I hope to God that you’re sending in your best clandestine warriors who are going to exact revenge and let the world know that the United States will not be attacked on its own soil, that it’s ambassadors will not be murdered, and that the United States will not stand by and do nothing about it.”
And here’s another sign that the tide is turning against Obama: CBS is standing by Logan’s remarks!