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McConnell: McChrystal Controversy A 'Diversion' From Afghanistan Mission


Emphasis his.

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.

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