Transition in Afghanistan: Views of Outside Experts, Hearing Before the Committee on Armed Services, United States House of Representatives, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, First Session, February 27, 2013   [open pdf - 7MB]

This is the February 27, 2013 House Armed Services Committee hearing, "Transition in Afghanistan: Views of Outside Experts." From the opening statement of Howard P. McKeon: "The question before us is whether or not we can continue to prevent Afghanistan from being used as such a sanctuary. The NATO [North Atlantic Treaty Organization] mission officially ends December 31st, 2014. Although we have not finalized the transition to Afghan security lead, President Obama already has announced withdrawal of half of the U.S. forces in Afghanistan, approximately 34,000 troops, by this time next year. […] The President has decided to conduct the significant withdrawal of U.S. troops during the same time period that the Afghan security forces will be in the lead across the entire country for the first time. Moreover, the Administration does not have a discernible plan to reinforce the Afghan security forces if they cannot hold the gains and/or maintain the necessary security across the country. Consequently the President's approach is fraught with risk and lacks a comprehensive strategy to ensure the security and sovereignty of Afghanistan, and thereby U.S. interests over time." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Howard P. McKeon, Adam Smith, David W. Barno, Anthony H. Cordesman, Catherine Dale, and John Keane.

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H.A.S.C. No. 113-8; House Armed Services Committee Number 113-8
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