(USA Features) Fox News host Lara Logan said Wednesday that the U.S. government could have stopped the chaotic situation that has developed in Afghanistan if it had wanted to do so, suggesting the outcome was the result of intentional policy decisions.
“What they want you to believe is that Afghanistan is complicated. Because if you complicate it, it’s a tactic in information warfare called ‘ambiguity increasing,’” Logan, host of “Lara Logan Has No Agenda” on Fox Nation, the network’s streaming service, told Fox News host Tucker Carlson.
Logan said that whoever is “pulling the strings” in government intends for crises like the one in Afghanistan and along the U.S.-Mexico border to intensify even though officials claim there isn’t anything they can do.
“So now we’re all talking about the corruption and the ‘this’ and the ‘that’ and that there’s all these complex parts — but at its heart, every single thing in the world, in your personal life, professionally, on the global stage, at its heart, it’s very simple,” she continued.
“It always comes down to one thing, one or two things. And in this case, in Afghanistan, this comes down to the fact that the United States wants this outcome,” she added.
“Whoever is in power right now, whoever is really pulling the strings – and I don’t know that – they could do anything they want to change this. And they’re not.”
Logan went on to tell Carlson that the U.S. has always prioritized next-door Pakistan as the regional power because it has nuclear weapons. She also said that U.S. officials throughout the war in Afghanistan were aware that the Taliban’s base of operations was there and that it would not exist as a viable organization without Pakistan’s support, much of which also comes from the U.S. in the form of funding for the Islamabad’s military and intelligence services.
With that in mind, Logan said if the U.S. wanted to effect a better outcome in Afghanistan, Washington has several options to use but has chosen not to do so, including dealing with the current crisis situation in Kabul.
Again, she said, the focus is on Pakistan.
“For example, you could stop the money. You could stop the remittances of Pakistanis living in the United States. You could put on sanctions. You could have visas [withdrawn], you know,” she said.
“Every time you try to address this issue, the immediate response for 20 years of this war has been, you’re advocating for war in Pakistan. No, you’re not,” Logan added.
“What they know is there are many things the United States could do right now to change what has happened and is happening in Afghanistan. And they’re not doing it.”
Logan also said that the same policies have been pursued for decades.
“When we hear about the bureaucracy that is on Capitol Hill, which are the bureaucrats who survive from administration to administration, this has been their policy,” she said of the idea they have been propping up Pakistan.
“They have pushed through the Bush administration, through Clinton, through Obama, through Trump, and now to Biden that because Pakistan is a nuclear nation, they are the only country in that region that actually matters. In fact, Joe Biden told Afghan’s president — when it was Hamid Karzai still in power– exactly that,” she said.
Logan also pushed back on claims that the U.S. intelligence community is unable to keep track of what’s going on in the region.
“The staggering part to me is that when you hear this debate, ‘The intelligence agencies failed to see this.’ Seriously?” she said.
“The NSA is known as the crown jewel of intelligence collection in the world. There isn’t a digital signature in existence that they don’t collect and store and analyze and have algorithms and everything else to sort through,” she noted.
“The idea that they missed this. You know what it takes to do an invasion like this? You have to stage forces. You have to plan. You have to have meetings. You have to have, you know, weapons that are moving in,” Logan said.
“They don’t tell you the national security threat posed by letting the cartels come across the southern border, do they? They only have a conversation about one thing, the humanitarian aspect. They never address that.”
She concluded: “The United States government could change this even today. And they don’t do it. They don’t use the leverage they have with Pakistan. They’ll give you 5,000 reasons, but it doesn’t matter.”