McCain Questions Ambassador's Cooperation in Afghanistan


Sen. John McCain, right, speaks on Capitol Hill Dec. 1, accompanied by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, left, and Sen. Lamar Alexander. (AP Photo)

Sen. John McCain says he is concerned that the U.S. ambassador in Afghanistan may not be a team player and could stir trouble as the military enacts President Obama's plan to send 30,000 more U.S. troops to the country over six months.

The 2008 Republican presidential candidate suggested Wednesday that leaked cables from Ambassador Karl Eikenberry that expressed reservations about a troop increase could speak to deeper problems and tension at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul.

Eikenberry is a retired general who twice served President Bush in Afghanistan. When they were leaked last month, the cables threw a wrench in the already arduous and lengthy decision-making process for Obama's national security team.

So does Obama have courage to get rid of Eikenberry?

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