Afghanistan's Impact on Pakistan, Hearing Before the Committee on Foreign Relations, United States Senate, One Hundred Eleventh Congress, First Session, October 1, 2009   [open pdf - 181KB]

From the opening statement of John F. Kerry: "Next week marks the ninth anniversary of the war in Afghanistan. A Pentagon officer said the other day that we haven't been fighting there for 8 years; we've been fighting for 1 year eight times in a row. That needs to change. Some of our objectives have remained steadfast: Defeat al-Qaeda, deny them safe havens, and ensure the stability of the region. Others have fluctuated. And the previous administration, both the goals and the strategy lurched in directions that confused our troops, our allies, and our partners. None of those partners is more affected by our actions in Afghanistan than Pakistan. I think many people have agreed that Pakistan is a central focus of our policy considerations, no country in that region more vital to our national security. Pakistan is a democracy with 170 million people, a large nuclear arsenal, and a major challenge from extremists within its borders." Statements, letters, and documents submitted for the record include those of the following: Milt Bearden, Steve Coll, John F. Kerry, Maleeha Lodhi, and Richard G. Lugar.

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S. Hrg. 111-295; Senate Hearing 111-295
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