Outlook for Iraq and U.S. Policy, Hearing Before the Committee on Foreign Affairs, House of Representatives, One Hundred Eleventh Congress, First Session, September 10, 2009   [open pdf - 2MB]

From the opening statement of Howard L. Berman: "Six months ago, President Obama set out his vision and timetable for United States involvement in Iraq. Since that time, Christopher Hill, one of our most talented and skilled diplomats, was appointed and confirmed as the U.S. Ambassador in Baghdad. We are very pleased to welcome him back to the committee for the first time in his new role, and look forward to his assessment of whether the President's vision is taking hold, and whether his timetable is on track. [...] Mr. Ambassador, we would like to know: Will the Iraqi security forces be able to maintain order and protect their borders as the United States presence dramatically dwindles? Are the Iraqis ready to step up? More broadly, we would like to know whether Iraqis are, in fact, seizing the opportunity they have been given. In his Camp Lejeune speech, President Obama also noted, 'Too many fundamental political questions about Iraq's future remain unresolved.' Mr. Ambassador, we would like your assessment whether this remains true today. How strong is Iran's influence and what are Iran's intentions? Is Syria harboring Iraqi Baathists who direct acts of terrorism…?" These and other relevant questions on American policy toward Iraq are addressed in this hearing. Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Christopher R. Hill, Sheila Jackson Lee, Howard L. Berman, Dan Burton, Lorne W. Craner, Gene Green, Barbara Lee and Gerald E. Connolly.

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