WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand wants investigative hearings in Washington following a damning report that senior U.S. officials knowingly lied to the public for years about the country's progress in Afghanistan.
The Washington Post wrote a series of articles earlier this week - dubbed The Afghanistan Papers - after the newspaper collected documents obtained by a Freedom of Information Act request.
The Post found U.S. officials acknowledged, a number of times, a lack of understanding, strategy and progress in the war and the officials admitted to the problems in private interviews done by a watchdog group across the Bush, Obama and Trump administrations.
“I’m concerned. I’ve been sitting in the Armed Services Committee meetings for 10 years and every general and Pentagon official may not have been truthful about how well we’re doing,” said Gillibrand (D. - NY).
The U.S. has roughly 13,000 troops now fighting in Afghanistan, including 2,500 members of the 10th Combat Aviation Brigade of the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum.