United States Military Strategy in the Middle East, Hearing Before the Committee on Armed Services, United States Senate, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, First Session, October 27, 2015   [open pdf - 270KB]

This is the October 27, 2015 hearing on "United States Military Strategy in the Middle East" held before the Senate Committee on Armed Services. From the opening statement of John McCain: "The tragic loss last week of Master Sergeant Joshua Walker, a veteran of 14 combat deployments, reminds us of the high stakes of our mission in the Middle East and how grateful we are to those Americans serving there. We need a strategy worthy of those who carry it out. And, unfortunately, we don't have that. What's worse, it appears the administration has not even defined the problem correctly. A policy Of 'ISIL [Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant] first' fails to understand that ISIL, for all of the threat it poses, is actually just a symptom of a deeper problem, the struggle for power and sectarian identity now raging across the Middle East, the epicenter of which is Iraq and Syria. That is why ISIL exists today with the strength that it does. And this problem will only get worse the longer this conflict rages on." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Ashton B. Carter and Joseph F. Dunford, Jr.

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