Third Way: Alternatives for Iraq's Future (Part 2 of 4), Hearing Before the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee of the Committee on Armed Services, House of Representatives, One Hundred Tenth Congress, First Session, July 18, 2007 [open pdf - 6MB]
Dan Byman, Professor and Director of the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University, is the witness at the second of four hearings on the future of Iraq. From his statement: "Because I am skeptical of our chances for success and because I recognize the exceptionally heavy costs we are paying as a nation for remaining in Iraq, I reluctantly advocate reducing our troop presence substantially and moving away from our current policy. […]. Just as I believe Administration officials 'best-cased' planning for the war going in, I do believe critics of the war are making a similar mistake today, which is that they are assuming that the situation could not get worse when it easily can; and my testimony today focuses on the problem of the Iraq war spilling out into neighboring states and beyond. I argue that it is imperative for us to have a plan for containing the spillover from the Iraqi civil war. Because my testimony is focused as this hearing is on new approaches I am not going to belabor various Administration policies or various legislative alternatives, so I am happy to answer questions on them; and, instead, I am going to focus on the idea of a strategy of containment, which is really trying to prevent the Iraq problem from metastasizing beyond Iraq." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: W. Todd Akin, Vic Snyder, Daniel L. Byman.
H.A.S.C. No 110-74; House Armed Services Committee No. 110-74
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