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McCain, Lieberman, Graham: Now Replace Afghan Civilian Team

4:53 PM, Jun 23, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
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The Hill reports:

The resignation of Gen. Stanley McChrystal should lead the Obama administration to re-evaluate their civilian Afghanistan team as well, three members of the Armed Services Committee said Wednesday.

Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) said the controversy surrounding the Rolling Stone profile of McChrystal revealed problems beyond the comments of McChrystal and his team.

"The civilian side, in my view, is completely dysfunctional," said Graham.

Lieberman said the magazine article "revealed what we have known, that there is not the kind of unity in Afghanistan between our civilian and military leadership" that is necessary.

Though none of the senators would name specific civilian leaders who should be replaced, McCain suggested "re-uniting the Crocker-Petraeus team," a reference to former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker, who served in Baghdad while Petraeus headed up military operations in the country.

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