U.S. Marine Sgt. Eric R. Wagner provides aerial security from the back of a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter during an operation over Helmand province in Afghanistan, July 18, 2013. Wagner, a crew chief, is assigned to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 461. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Ashley E. Santy
McCain: Rifts Emerging In Pentagon Over Afghan Postwar Plan -- The Hill
A burgeoning rift between the Pentagon's military and civilian leaders on what U.S. involvement in Afghanistan will look like after the 2014 withdrawal of American troops from the country is already harming efforts to end the war in the country.
But the conflicting messages coming from the Pentagon on leaving no U.S. troops in Afghanistan after the 2014 drawdown is just another example of the administration discord over the American drawdown strategy there, according to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.)
The White House's consideration of leaving no American troops in country after the 2014 pull out, known as the "zero option" is already having "a very significant damaging effect in Afghanistan," he told reporters on Capitol Hill.
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US ambassador: 'Zero option' not in US-Afghan interest -- FOX News/AFP
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