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Bipartisan House group calls on Boehner, Pelosi to look again on Afghanistan

Six members of the House — three from each party — warned House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) earlier this month that the war in Afghanistan is not going as well as the Obama administration has said, and urged the leaders to instead read the government’s National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on Afghanistan from last December.

The members’ Feb. 10 letter also noted the assessment of Afghanistan given by Lt. Col. Daniel Davis, who said, among other things, that Afghan troops are not well-trained and will likely be over-run once the United States leaves. 

“Many of us have read the National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) for December 2011 and found it supports Lt. Colonel Davis’s analysis,” the letter said. “We encourage you to read the NIE as well.”

Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.), one of the signatories to the letter, said on the floor that he reminded Boehner on Tuesday that he should read the NIE on Afghanistan.

“If they would read it, they would be better informed and better understand those of us who want to get out,” Jones said.

The letter from the six members follows here:

Washington, DC, February 10, 2012 

Hon. John Boehner, Speaker, House of Representatives, U.S. Capitol, Washington, DC.

Hon. Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Leader, The Capitol, Washington, DC.

Dear Mr. Speaker and Democratic Leader:

I would like to bring your attention to Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Davis’ recent assessment of the situation in Afghanistan that was published in the New York Times on February 6, 2012 (attached). It is vastly different than the one that the U. S. Congress has been receiving from the Obama Administration. Many of us have read the National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) for December 2011 and found it supports Lieutenant Colonel Davis’ analysis. We encourage you to read the NIE as well.

Therefore, we think that Lieutenant Davis’ analysis merits attention by the relevant committees of jurisdiction in the U.S. House of Representatives and we respectfully request that you encourage the relevant Chairmen to hold hearings as soon as possible and invite Lieutenant Colonel Davis to be a witness. As we withdraw from Afghanistan, it is vital that the Congress hear another perspective from what we have heard for over ten years. Thank you for your careful consideration of our request.


Walter B. Jones (R-N.C.)

Jimmy Duncan (R-Tenn.)

Jim McGovern (D-Mass.)

John Garamendi (D-Calif.)

Timothy V. Johnson (R-Ill.)

Barbara Lee (D-Calif.)

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