December 10th, 2009
11:14 AM ET
3 months ago

Legislators question top U.S. officials on Afghan strategy

Washington (CNN) – Lawmakers questioned a high-ranking diplomat and a top military official to Afghanistan on Thursday about the U.S. strategy in Afghanistan in light of a troop surge announced last week.

Legislators on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs inquired how Pakistan played a role in the Afghanistan strategy; the impact of community development in combating the insurgency and measuring progress; and on the practicality of the July 2011 timeline for withdrawing U.S. troops, among other issues.

The hearing was the fourth this week in which top officials testified about President Barack Obama's new plan for the Afghan war, which involves the deployment of another 30,000 U.S. troops and a July 2011 date for the beginning of an American withdrawal.

It was the third hearing for Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, and the fourth for U.S. Ambassador Karl Eikenberry.


Filed under: Afghanistan • Pakistan
soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. aware

    Afghanistan will require a very long term American commitment if any significant advances are to be realized! To say otherwise is disingenuous at best. :(

    December 10, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  2. RNC = DNC = politics as usual

    Why does Obama get the Peace prize while escalating a War?
    He really is banking on people not paying attention.
    Dude – we can see you!

    December 10, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  3. A question from Americans

    Here is my questions: What the heck are we wasting money and lives fighting in a corrupt country whose economy is drug based.

    Get the heck out now -– afghan has been around for 2000 years – they can figure this out on their own.

    December 10, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  4. Mike Syracuse, NY

    Pretty obvious we have an empty suit in the White House. No sooner does he announce a deadline than everyone is out there saying he really didn't mean it was a deadline.

    Hey Gene, have you been under a rock? There were numerous hearings on both Afghanistan and Iraq under Bush.

    December 10, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    "Grayson is a national disgrace and embarrassment. He MUST be impeached immediately."

    I'll play along even though this is abject silliness. Please name the "high crimes and misdemeanors" of which Grayson is guilty.

    Here's some helpful examples: torture/crimes against humanity, massive violations of the Constitutional right to privacy, and lying to the Congress and the American public in order to start a war that resulted in several thousand dead Americans...all those things qualify.

    December 10, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
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