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    Planning and Conduct of Iraq War

    The Senate Democratic Policy Committee held an oversight hearing on the planning and execution of the war in Iraq. Retired military leaders testified about decision making at the Department of Defense, prosecution of military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the readiness status of U.S. forces. Several called for the resignation of Defense secretary Rumsfeld saying he had poorly planned for the U.S. invasion of Iraq, dismissed the prospect of an insurgency, and sent American troops into the fray with inadequate equipment. In his testimony Major General John R.S. Batiste charged that Secretary Rumsfeld and others in the Bush administration “did not tell the American people the truth for fear of losing support for the war in Iraq.” He also told the committee, “If we had seriously laid out and considered the full range of requirements for the war in Iraq, we would likely have taken a different course of action that would have maintained a clear focus on our main effort in Afghanistan, not fueled Islamic fundamentalism across the globe, and not created more enemies than there were insurgents.”

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    Secret Service Oversight

    The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held a hearing on Secret Service protocols in response to a September 19, 2014, security breach at the White House. In the incident Omar Gonzalez allegedly scaled a White House fence, ran across the North Lawn, and entered the executive mansion. Topics included previous incidents such as the admittance of the Salahis to a White House party and conduct of Secret Service agents in Cartagena, Colombia.