Rep. Brindisi talks holding House hearings on Afghanistan reports


UTICA, NY (WUTR-TV) — Three days after the Washington Post reported that senior U.S. military officials “failed to tell the truth” about the war in Afghanistan, U.S. Congressman Anthony Brindisi discussed a “bipartisan call” to hold House hearings on the matter.

Brindisi (D, NY-22), a recent addition to the House Armed Services Committee, responded Thursday to Eyewitness News’ request to comment on the matter.

“When I read those reports about Afghanistan, and some of the mistakes that were made–mistakes that had the potential of putting our men and women in harms way–that’s a big concern for me. I think what we are seeing now is a bipartisan call for some hearings in the House Armed Services Committee over that, so we can see what happened here and get to the bottom of everything,” Brindisi said.

What the Post calls ‘The Afghanistan Papers,’ reporting indicates military officials made “rosy pronouncements they knew to be false and hiding unmistakable evidence the war had become unwinnable.”

The Washington Post says the article’s publication followed a 3-year legal effort with the U.S. government, and subsequently 2,000 pages of documents were obtained from those having direct involvement in the near-two decade-long war.

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