Voice of Veterans of the Afghan War, Hearing Before the Committee on Foreign Relations, United States Senate, One Hundred Eleventh Congress, First Session, April 23, 2009 [open pdf - 145KB]
From the opening statement of Chairman John F. Kerry: "Today, we want to hear your views of the conflict in Afghanistan. We are, as you all know, just completing a review. We're going through a process of trying to fine-tune this policy, if it is fine-tunable. And that's something we need to examine. We want to understand the challenges from the perspective of the men and women who have been fighting there, risking their lives, and suffering the losses that come with war. [...] What we need to do, and the reason the witnesses are here today, is address the intricacies and nuances of Afghanistan from every angle. [...] We have a responsibility to the men and women fighting in Afghanistan to understand those differences and to adapt to them. First and foremost, North Vietnamese never posed a direct threat to our country. The extremists we are fighting today, however, in Afghanistan and across the border in Pakistan, do represent, and have, in fact, implemented, a direct threat to the security of the United States. They planned the attacks on New York and Washington that killed 3,000 Americans. They have killed hundreds of other innocents in terrorist attacks worldwide since then, and they are preparing new attacks on the United States and our interests even as we sit here today." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Andrew Bacevich, Genevieve Chase, John F. Kerry, Richard G. Lugar, Christopher McGurk, Westley Moore, and Rick Reyes.
S. Hrg. 111-266; Senate Hearing 111-266
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