Lara Logan's Spoils of War
On the door to Lara Logan’s office at 60 Minutes hangs a sign with words of welcome in Arabic and English: "Caution. Stay back 100 meters or you will be shot."
Well, you know what they say: You can take the correspondent out of the war zone, but you can’t take the war zone out of the correspondent.
Since she was named CBS News’ chief foreign affairs correspondent in June, Logan, 37, has been spending more time Stateside than in Baghdad, Kabul or the other hot spots she has reported from in recent years.
But her office at the seminal newsmagazine, which began its historic 40th season on Sept. 21 (see B&C’s special report), is filled with mementos and souvenirs from over there. (Watch a video tour below.)
There’s the wall clock set to Baghdad time and the framed drawing of an infantryman. But the prize pieces are the adulatory pre-Iraq invasion portraits of Saddam Hussein.
In one, the smiling former Iraqi leader is shown in military fatigues. "It was in pieces in the ruins of the Olympic Committee building after it was bombed," Logan wrote in an e-mail.
A second portrait, recovered from the ruins of a shelled palace in Baghdad, shows a paternal Saddam surrounded by a group of adoring children. Hovering above the scene is the disembodied head of a stern-looking elderly woman in a black hijab, which Logan says is Saddam’s mother.
Well, what did you expect? Motivational posters?
By Marisa Guthrie