Clinton confident in diplomatic team in Afghanistan: State Department

08:54, June 25, 2010      

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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has full confidence in her diplomatic team in Afghanistan, a State Department spokesman said on Thursday, in apparent refusal of some lawmakers' call for a shake-up of civilian personnel following the sacking of U.S. military chief in Afghanistan.

"The secretary has full confidence in her team in Afghanistan as well as in Ambassador Holbrooke and his team here," State Department spokesman Mark Toner told reporters. "And as the president put it very clearly yesterday, now is the time to move forward and get on with the job at hand."

The spokesman made this comment just a day after Gen. Stanley McChrystal, commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, was fired by President Barack Obama after making contemptuous remarks of senior administration officials, including Vice President Joe Biden, ambassador to Kabul Karl Eikenberry and special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke.

Some lawmakers argued Wednesday that the resignation of McChrystal should lead the Obama administration to re-evaluate their civilian Afghanistan team as well.

"The civilian side is, in my view, completely dysfunctional," said Republican Senator Lindsey Graham. "I would urge the president to look at this as a chance to put new people on the ground without old baggage. And if we don't change quickly, we're going to lose a war we can't afford to lose."

Independent Senator Joe Lieberman said that the controversial magazine article, which led to McChrystal's stepping down, " revealed what we have known, that there is not the kind of unity in Afghanistan between our civilian and military leadership" that is necessary.

Source: Xinhua

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