U.S. Strategy and Policy in the Middle East, Hearing Before the Committee on Armed Services, U.S. Senate, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, Second Session, January 20, 2016 [open pdf - 883KB]
This testimony compilation is from the January 20, 2016 hearing "U.S. Strategy and Policy in the Middle East" before the Senate Committee on Armed Services. From the statement of Committee Chairman John McCain: "All across the region, we see a dangerous breakdown of state authority and the balance of power. As Henry Kissinger testified before this Committee, 'There is a struggle for power within states, a conflict between states, a conflict between ethnic and religious groups and an assault on the international system.' And as General Petraeus also told us last year, almost every Middle Eastern country is n ow a battleground or a combatant in one or more wars. For the past seven years, the Obama Administration has sought to scale back America's involvement in, and commitment to, the region, assuming that a post-American Middle East would be good for the region and for us, and that regional powers would step up to police the region themselves. [...] Instead of acknowledging its failures and changing course, as previous administrations of both parties have done, the administration has all too often doubled down on its reactive, incremental, and inadequate policies." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: John M. Keane, Ryan C. Crocker, and Phillip H. Gordon.
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