By the early 1960s, members of Congress were beginning to grow uneasy about the slowly escalating war in Vietnam and held hearings to solicit views from a variety of leaders. Both Republican and Democratic congressmen are calling for President Obama to share discussions within the administration about the future of our policies in Iraq and Afghanistan. There is scant doubt the war in Afghanistan has replaced the Iraq war as the primary concern of the Obama administration.
Congress wants to express its views on the situation. The Bush decision for war in Iraq was never discussed by Congress in any meaningful manner. It is time for Congress to become a player in policy decisions. Rep. Howard McKeon is asking General McChyrstal to testify. Some Congressmen will use such hearings to get across political views, but the American people must have an open discussion about Afghanistan or we will repeat the mistakes of Vietnam.