Woolsey and Lee are expected to give introductory remarks, as is former CIA officer and current Georgetown University Professor Paul Pillar whose article in the March/April issue of Foreign Affairs magazine, "Intelligence, Policy, and the War in Iraq," severely criticized the misuse of intelligence before, during and after the March 2003 invasion.
There will then be two panels, the first consisting of two Iraqi women and two U.S. veterans of the Iraq War, the second consisting of members of Congress who have introduced bills aimed at ending the war. Then there will a Question and Answers session involving the audience. So, bring your tough questions!
Invited panelists include Reps. Neil Abercrombie, Walter Jones, Barbara Lee, Jim McGovern, Jack Murtha, Mike Thompson, and Senators Russ Feingold and John Kerry.
This hearing is a follow-up to the one Woolsey hosted last September 15th. (See http://www.woolseyforpeace.org )
The purpose is to try to bring Congress closer to where the public so strongly is. While Bush has announced that the occupation of Iraq will last as long as his occupation of the White House, a majority of Americans disagree and want to see our government working on ending the war. But the House Armed Services Committee has refused to hold hearings on the matter.
We will also hear the voices of that minority in Congress that responds to the majority outside of Congress. I'll be there and will be blogging at http://www.afterdowningstreet.org
Hope you can make it.