Tim Lynch properly eviscerates CBS Senior Foreign Correspondent Lara Logan for the cheap trash she peddled as journalism last night on 60 Minutes.
Everything the “quiet professionals” did in this story was ridiculous, from shooting at targets down range while Afghans are standing right next to the targets, to screaming obscenities at them, calling them “fucktards,” and inflicting group punishment because they couldn’t master the “load, unload” drill, which I know from experience your average 12 year old can master in little under an hour of professional instruction.
I could go through this piece, point by point, harping on quotes like wearing beards is “a mark of respect amongst the locals” – complete bullshit – but why bother? The piece speaks for itself, so let’s get back to this shooting business. What should the guy have done when a truck load of males is approaching at “high speed?” He should have done what I do – walk out to the road, hold up your hand, have them stop, and then tell them to sit tight until the Americans are done. It is that simple – the biggest weapon us Americans have in Afghanistan is a warm smile and the ability to at least say “Singa yai” (”how are you?” in Pashto). But you can’t automatically make those kinds of environmental calls unless you know the environment. And you can’t know the environment unless you are living in it 24/7.
Baba Tim, you ask, what if the truck is full of Taliban gun men? That’s what binoculars are for.
Really, read that whole post. FRI is one of the essential Afghan blogs.