S. Hrg. 110-331: Deconstructing Reconstruction: Problems, Challenges, and the Way Forward in Iraq and Afghanistan, Hearing before the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, United States Senate, One Hundred Tenth Congress, First Session, March 22, 2007   [open pdf - 7MB]

From the opening statement of Joseph I. Lieberman. "In today's hearing we are going to focus on a challenge that is critical to our success in Iraq and Afghanistan, but beyond that, in the larger war on terror and in other conflicts and post-conflicts, in terms of securing the future and rebuilding countries that we are involved in so they can fully and finally break from the legacies that they have had-in the case of Iraq and Afghanistan, obviously, the dark legacies of Saddam Hussein and the Taliban. If we want these nations to become free and prosperous societies that will be our allies in the war on terror rather than falling back into dictatorships that offer a haven and headquarters for those who would attack us, we must help them build the infrastructure upon which prosperity and freedom depend: Schools, roads, power projects, water and sewer systems, health care facilities, and communications systems. And, of course, we also need to help them strengthen democratic foundations that are necessary for long-term prosperity, freedom, and stability. Here in this country, the American people may be divided over the handling of the war in Iraq, but I do not think we are divided in our hope that the Iraqi and Afghani people will soon enter the community of peaceful, stable, and democratic nations. And that is the focus of the hearing today." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Joseph Lieberman, Susan Collins, Carl Levin, Claire McCaskill, Norm Coleman, Tom Coburn, John Warner, Stuart W. Bowen, David M. Satterfield, Ronald L. Johnson, and Mark S. Ward.

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