United States Middle East Policy, Hearing before the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, First Session, March 24, 2015   [open pdf - 1MB]

This is the testimony compilation from the March 24, 2015 hearing, "United States Middle East Policy," before the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services. From the opening statement of John McCain: "The Committee meets today to receive testimony on U.S. policy in the Middle East. […] Last month, the Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, testified before this committee, quote, '[I]n my 50-plus years in the intelligence business, I don't know of a time that has been more beset by challenges and crises around the world.' Nowhere is that truer than in the Middle East. From Libya and Yemen, to Iraq and Syria, the old order in the Middle East--both the regional balance among states and the social order within states--is collapsing, and no new vision has emerged to take its place. This underlying dynamic is made worse by the failure of U.S. strategy and leadership to shape events in this vital part of the world for the better. Instead, unfortunately, we have too often confused our friends, encouraged our enemies, and created a vacuum for hostile states such as Iran and Russia and vicious non-state actors such as al Qaeda and ISIL [Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant]."

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