Afghanistan: Right Sizing the Development Footprint, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on International Development and Foreign Assistance, Economic Affairs, and International Environmental Protection of the Committee on Foreign Relations, United States Senate, One Hundred Twelfth Congress, First Session, September 8, 2011 [open pdf - 230KB]
From the opening statement of Benjamin L. Cardin: "We are at a critical juncture in our role in Afghanistan as we approach the beginning of U.S. forces drawdown in Afghanistan. The United States will begin to transition toward a more robust civilian presence; and therefore, it is paramount that we clearly define our position in the region. We must emphasize the importance of assistance as a tool in promoting the stability of that country. But the United States must also insist on accountability for this assistance, accountability for the money spent, and accountability for the effectiveness and success of these programs. The U.S. taxpayers and the Afghan people deserve nothing less. We must understand the full impact of our assistance, both positive and negative, on the Afghan people. When done correctly, foreign assistance can fundamentally change countries for the better and is a vital tool in our national security toolbox. When misspent, it fuels corruption, distorts markets, undermines the host government's ability to exert control over resources, and contributes to insecurity and instability." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Benjamin L. Cardin, Bob Corker, Daniel Feldman, and Alex Thier.
S. Hrg. 112-201; Senate Hearing 112-201
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