Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.), a longtime opponent of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, said Davis’s report shows that the official reports of progress from the Defense Department are not valid.
“Stop listening to those who keep telling you that training the Afghan soldiers and the Afghans to be policemen is going well,” he said. “I’m on the Armed Services Committee, and I’ve been hearing that for 10 years. You can teach a monkey to ride a bicycle sooner than 10 years.”
Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) took a more moderate view, and said Davis’s classified report on conditions in Afghanistan should be made public, so the United States has a better view on how to ensure Afghanistan’s security once U.S. troops are gone.
“No one likes to hear bad news … but we do need to hear the unvarnished truth,” he said. “We need accurate information in order to get a genuine understanding of what the situation is like on the ground in Afghanistan.”
McGovern added that to ensure the administration’s 2013 timeline for leaving is met, the United States must make a “clear-eyed, hard-eyed assessment of what’s going on in Afghanistan.”
Some members, including Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), also called on the Obama administration to de-classify the National Intelligence Estimate report on Afghanistan to better inform Congress about the ongoing problems in that country.