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Letter to John Boehner, Speak of U.S. House of Representatives and Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Leader of U.S. House of Representatives

February 10, 2012

The Honorable John Boehner

Speaker

U. S. House of Representatives

H-232, U. S. Capitol

Washington, DC 20515

The Honorable Nancy Pelosi

Democratic Leader

H-204, The Capitol

Washington, DC 20515

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.

Sincerely,

Jimmy Duncan, Member of Congress

John Garamendi, Member of Congress

Timothy V. Johnson, Member of Congress

Walter B. Jones, Member of Congress

Barbara Lee, Member of Congress

Jim McGovern, Member of Congress


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