Hearing on National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 and Oversight of Previously Authorized Programs Before the Committee on Armed Services, House of Representatives, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, First Session, Full Committee Hearing on U.S. Policy, Strategy, and Posture in Afghanistan: Post-2014 Transition, Risks, and Lessons Learned, March 4, 2015 [open pdf - 3MB]
"This is the March 4, 2015 hearing on 'U.S. Policy, Strategy, and Posture in Afghanistan' held before the House Armed Services Committee. From the opening statement of William M. Thornberry: We have been engaged in military action in Afghanistan for 14 years. The predictions that this would be a long conflict have proven accurate. While there have been setbacks in recent years, there is also cause for cautious optimism. The United States and its allies, especially the Afghan forces, have made some meaningful gains. A counterinsurgency is one of the toughest types of war a democracy can fight. While this conflict has been a difficult one, it is not impossible. And both our future security and the future of the Afghan people depend on our success. [...] But now is a critical moment. We must not repeat the mistakes of Iraq, where an early withdrawal that was based, in my view, on political rather than strategic calculations contributed to the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant [ISIL], where an enemy once devastated has reconstituted itself to pose an even bigger, more deadly threat.' Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: John F. Campbell."
H.A.S.C. No. 114-17; House Armed Services Committee No. 114-17
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