Thursday, 4:30 PM
Meehan leads committee to Iraq
By Globe Staff
Congressman Martin T. Meehan will head to Iraq on Saturday for a fact-finding mission in the Middle East.
Meehan, a Democrat who may vacate his seat to run the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, is the chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. He will lead a bipartisan delegation from his committee in what will be his fourth trip to Iraq since the war began.
"I expect to see a country vastly different than the one I visited in the summer of 2003 and in January of 2005," Meehan said in a statement. "The Congress is currently engaged in its first debate over Iraq since we invaded in 2003, and as we move forward, I think it is important for us to take a much closer look at the reality of what is going on in Iraq."
The group plans to meet with General David Petraeus; Stuart Bowen, the special inspector general for Iraq Reconstruction; and David Crocker, the US ambassador to Iraq. Meehan's trip will also to take him to Kuwait, Jordan, and Belgium.
Meehan's subcommittee has the authority to investigate military actions. He has vowed to hold hearings on issues in the Iraq war, ranging from the role of contractors on the battlefield to the training of security forces.