Strategic Options for the Way Ahead in Afghanistan and Pakistan, Hearing Before the Committee on Armed Services, United States Senate, One Hundred Eleventh Congress, First Session, February 26, 2009 [open pdf - 227KB]
From the opening statement of Carl Levin: "The current policies of the United States and its allies are not succeeding in stabilizing Afghanistan. The Department of Defense (DOD) reports that insurgent-initiated attacks are up 40 percent in 2008 over the previous year. The Director of National Intelligence (DNI), Dennis Blair, testified earlier this month that the Taliban dominated insurgency has increased the geographic scope and frequency of attacks and that security in eastern areas and the south and northwest has ''deteriorated.'' The United Nations (U.N.) announced this month that Afghan civilian deaths reached a new high last year of 2,118 and that U.S., North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), and Afghan operations, particularly air strikes, were responsible for nearly 40 percent of the civilians killed. A recent public opinion poll showed declining support among the Afghan people for coalition efforts and a loss of legitimacy for the Afghan Government of President Karzai. Of those surveyed, a majority viewed the United States unfavorably, with fewer than half, 42 percent, having confidence in coalition forces to provide security where they lived." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include Carl Levin, John McCain, David Barno, Evan Bayh, James Dobbins, Jeff Sessions, Marin Strmecki, Kay R. Hagan, Jack Reed, and Susan M. Collins.
S. Hrg. 111-169
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