Situation in Afghanistan, Hearing Before the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, First Session, February 11, 2015   [open pdf - 599KB]

This is the February 11, 2015 hearing on "the Situation in Afghanistan" before the Senate Armed Services Committee. From the opening statement of John McCain: "The Committee meets today to receive testimony on Afghanistan and U.S. efforts to sustain the gains that have been made over the past 13 years. […] The world walked away from Afghanistan once, and it descended into chaotic violence that became the platform for the worst terrorist attack in history against our homeland. The threats are real, and the stakes are high. We cannot let Afghanistan become a sanctuary for Al Qaeda or ISIS. Failure in this manner would destabilize the region, especially by undermining the security of a nuclear-armed Pakistan. Worse still, failure would condemn millions of Afghans, especially women and girls, to live again under the tyranny of violent radicals. We cannot turn the clock back in Iraq, but we can, and we must, apply the tragic lessons that we learned in Iraq to Afghanistan. To preserve the progress enabled by our troops and the Afghan people, President Obama must replace his plan for unconditional withdrawal from Afghanistan with a conditions-based drawdown and a clear commitment to maintain a limited residual force. If the President repeats his mistakes from Iraq, we can expect a similar disaster in Afghanistan: growing instability, terrorist safe havens, horrific human rights abuses, the rapid dissolution of the hard-won gains that our men and women in uniform purchased as such high cost, and ultimately, direct threats to the United States." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: James B. Cunningham, Ryan C. Crocker, Eric T. Olson, and Michael E. Leiter.

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