McConnell refused to go further. "The important thing here is to get the mission right and to win," McConnell added. "And rather than getting diverted off on this I think it's important for everybody around here to remember that we've got a big stake in having the Afghan conflict come out the right way. This is a war that to date has enjoyed pretty broad bipartisan support."
But the pretty clear implication is that the GOP reserves the right to--at the very least--second guess Obama if he cans McChrystal, who has driven the United States' Afghanistan strategy. As before, Republicans really are tiptoeing toward supporting McChrystal over the administration on this.