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Armed Services Hearing on the Comptroller General's Progress Report on Iraq

Posted on by Jesse Lee

The Armed Services Committee is currently holding a hearing, “On the Comptroller General's progress report on Iraq.” Witnesses are Gene Dodaro, Acting Comptroller General of the United States, and Joseph Christoff, Director of International Affairs and Trade for the Government Accountability Office. The GAO released a report on the lack of strategy going forward in June.

GAO Report Faults Post-’Surge’ Planning
Karen DeYoung, Washington Post – June 24, 2008

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Comtroller General Dodaro explains why the GAO believes a new strategy is necessary now during his opening testimony and under questioning by Chairman Ike Skelton:

Dodaro: “Now looking ahead, we think an updated strategy is called for, for several reasons. One, many things have changed in Iraq since January, 2007. We also think there are some limitations in the current plans of the agencies that need to be attended to. Also, the US is negotiating a new agreement in light of the UN mandate expiring at the end of this year. And I would point out that that expiration of that mandate will occur before the change in the Administration going forward, so I think that it is important that we have an updated strategy that reflects whatever agreement is reached…”
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