Kerry Launches Comprehensive Series of Hearings on U.S. Strategy in Afghanistan and Pakistan

Senator John Kerry announced on Monday that the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold another series of hearings to debate the end-state in Afghanistan, assess the strategic relationship between the United States and Pakistan, and examine regional implications.

The hearings begin on Tuesday morning with Richard N. Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations and Princeton University Professor Anne-Marie Slaughter, Ronald E. Neumann, president of the American Academy of Diplomacy appearing before the committee.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee chaired by Kerry, has already conducted 14 oversight hearings on the war, including the first Congressional hearings on reconciliation and the mission in Marja.

“The killing of Osama bin Laden closes an important chapter in our war against extremists who kill innocent people around the world. A single death does not end the threat from Al Qaeda and its affiliated groups and highlights the need to thoroughly evaluate our strategy in Afghanistan and Pakistan. We need to make certain we are asking tough questions about the direction and effectiveness of our policy,” said Chairman Kerry.

In an op-ed in The Sunday Boston Globe, Senator Kerry explained that the “purpose of this series is to thoroughly examine every question and ultimately articulate a policy of how the war should end in a way that makes America stronger” and he reiterated the “need for thorough debate and underscored the Committee’s role in providing recommendations to help shape U.S. strategy in the region.”

The Boston Globe notes that the Foreign Relations Committee hearing was “planned before Sunday’s surprise announcement” about the killing Osama bin Laden by a special ops unit.

In a related post on Tap… Apparently some folks are just catching on to John Kerry’s propensity to being right about foreign policy. Yes, he was right in 2004 and he’s right now.

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