Foreign correspondent Lara Logan interviewed presidential hopeful Barack Obama while he was visiting Afghanistan. Read about it here and see photos and a video of the interview.

Barack Obama sat down with Lara Logan for an interview while he was in Afghanistan and let her know that he considers the Afghan front on the Global War on Terrorism to be ‘precarious and urgent’. He met with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and now they are BFF, even though he’s been highly critical of Karzai in the past.

Now, instead of withdrawing troops, Obama says he wants to increase troops in Afghanistan and stay there for at least 100 years or more. He says he’ll send in 2 maybe 3 more brigades of troops and will stay as long as necessary to ‘get the job done’ there. I know I’ve heard those words before ….

He’s still refining his position on the war.

Heaven only knows what will come of his meetings with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in Iraq. Maliki might very well talk him out of the American Gross National Product by the time their meeting is over!

Back to the Logan-Obama interview. Most of what I have read about the interview focuses on the hotness of the two personalities involved. We all know that war correspondent Lara Logan is considered the Hottest of Baghdad Babes reading the news. And Barack Obama is … well … he’s Barack Obama. Nuff said.

Its certainly understandable why people just heard the sound of their voices rather than the words they said. Logan asked her questions in a soft, sexy, husky South African accented voice. Her questions were brief and to the point. Barack responded in long soliloquies that are his trademark. His voice inciting slumber more than passion. And so, the sexiness of the duo became the focus of the event and the substance of the issues is barely mentioned anywhere.

But if you really listen, there are actually a few points that are worth noting from the interview. Ms. Logan actually cornered Obama a few times and pressed issues that he tried to override with long rambling non-answers. Kudos to her for that. If you really listen, the interview was not a good thing for Obama, but as usual, few people really listen.

Fortunately, we are here to help.

In one part of the interview, Logan tries to get Obama to talk about what he’s going to actually DO about the al-Qaeda training camps in Pakistan. The assumption in his answers seems to be that the Pakistani government has never thought of trying to control their nether regions. The complexities of that issue for Pakistan and the world is not addressed. He just says he’s going to make sure that Pakistan destroys the training camps. She presses the issue ….

Obama: I think that in order for us to be successful, it’s not going to be enough just to engage in the occasional shot fired. We’ve got training camps that are growing and multiplying…

Logan: Would you take out all those training camps?

Obama: Well, I think that what we’d like to see is the Pakistani government take out those training camps.

Logan: And if they won’t?

Obama: Well, I think that we’ve got to work with them so they will.

Logan: But would you consider unilateral U.S. action?

Obama: You know, I will push Pakistan very hard to make sure that we go after those training camps. I think it’s absolutely vital to the security interests of both the United States and Pakistan.

Well, it looks like we are back to him talking about declaring war on our ally, nuclear Pakistan. I guess Pakistan and Afghanistan are appropriate wars while Iraq is not. Hopefully, some day he’ll be able to explain why one is okay and the other isn’t and how he decides who to hammer and who to leave alone.

But there’s more ….

She pressures him to admit that his call for ‘change’ in US policy so that we target Osama bin Laden in Pakistan is actually current US policy. So, his ‘change’ is really ‘more of the same’.

Logan: Isn’t that the case now? I mean, do you really think that if the U.S. forces had Osama bin Laden in their sights and the Pakistanis said no, that they wouldn’t fire or wouldn’t go after him?

Obama: I think actually this is current doctrine. There was some dispute when I said this last August. Both the administration and some of my opponents suggested, well, you know, you shouldn’t go around saying that. But I don’t think there’s any doubt that that should be our policy, and will continue to be our policy.

Logan: But it is the current policy.

Obama: I believe it is the current policy.

Logan: So there’s no change then.

Obama: I don’t think there is going to be a change there.

No change there!!! So much for change.

During the interview, Obama continues to claim that Osama and his lieutenants were able to escape into Pakistan’s lawless regions because we invaded Iraq. He desperately tries to blame Osama’s vanishing act on the Bush administration. What he ignores, or doesn’t know, is that Osama was in Pakistan a good two years before American troops invaded Iraq. There is no connection between the two except that invading Pakistan in search of Osama would have been a bloodbath. Invading Iraq was a way for the US to pick the battleground for the fight with insurgents. It also strategically put US and allied troops in the middle of the Middle East, surrounding Iran and the al-Qaeda friendly areas of Pakistan. Osama will not be able to leave that area without running into a few thousand American troops.

But then, one wonders if Obama’s policy isn’t about any strategy other than strategical planning about how to get elected.


Lara Logan Interviews Barack Obama – Video