John McCain leads senators’ grilling of James Mattis: ‘Unless we get a strategy from you, you’re going to get a strategy from us’

US senators have sharply criticized Pentagon leaders for not completing a new strategy for the 16-year-old war in Afghanistan, as the defense secretary, James Mattis, admitted: “We are not winning in Afghanistan right now.”

John McCain demanded that Mattis wrap up the plan now, threatening: “Unless we get a strategy from you, you’re going to get a strategy from us.” He said he had expected the plan in the first 30 to 60 days of the new administration and snapped: “We want a strategy. I don’t think that’s a hell of a lot to ask.”

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