Lt. Col. Daniel L. Davis returned from his second tour in Afghanistan determined to tell people that his time in the country had left him with a very different impression than military leaders had been giving the public. Davis put his analysis into two reports, one classified and one unclassified, and submitted them to the Department of Defense Inspector General. Davis then went to the media with his analysis, but despite all of the press, Congress has yet to call Davis to testify about what is happening on the ground in Afghanistan. POGO's Dana Liebelson has a new op-ed about why Congress should listen to Davis.
It's incredible that Congress has virtually ignored Davis' allegations that it's been misled. You might expect that the Foreign Affairs, Armed Services, or Intelligence Committees would jump at the chance to hold hearings on Afghanistan and ask Davis to testify. But you'd be wrong.
Why should we listen to Davis? He's a soft-spoken, unassuming soldier who was described in one evaluation as someone whose "devotion to mission accomplishment is unmatched by his peers." Davis also made the point that he is no "WikiLeaks guy part II"— he's made a concerted effort to protect classified information.
You can read the entire article here.
Andre Francisco is POGO's Online Producer