Assessment of the Transition from a Military to a Civilian-Led Mission in Iraq, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on National Security, Homeland Defense and Foreign Operations of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, House of Representatives, One Hundred Twelfth Congress, Second Session, June 28, 2012   [open pdf - 4MB]

From the opening statement of Jason Chaffetz: "We are going to focus today on our efforts in Iraq since the military withdrew on December 31st, 2011. We assess the Administration's progress, its prospects for success, and whether this strategy should be used as a model for Afghanistan in 2014. And I cannot emphasize this enough: We need to learn from the experiences that we have so that, as we go through this in another situation, we can make the most of it. On November 17, 2008, the Bush Administration and the Government of Iraq agreed that the United States would withdraw its troops by December 31, 2011. Keeping with that agreement, the Defense Department has removed all but approximately 275 uniformed personnel. The remaining troops work under the Chief of Mission authority of the Office of Security Cooperation. […] Without a doubt, this is an enormously complex and difficult mission. Six months into the transition, the Congress must assess whether the Administration is accomplishing its mission. While the State Department has made progress, it appears to be facing difficult challenges in a number of areas." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Jason Chaffetz, Patrick F. Kennedy, Peter F. Verga, Mara Rudman, Michael J. Courts, Harold W. Geisel, Joseph T. McDermott, Michael G. Carroll, and Stuart W. Bowen, Jr.

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