US lawmakers voice concern about Afghan corruption
KABUL, Afghanistan – U.S. lawmakers visiting Afghanistan say that if Afghan President Hamid Karzai doesn't curb corruption in his government, current gains being made on the battlefield will be jeopardized.
Sen. John McCain, the senior Republican on the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, says he and three of his colleagues will voice their concerns in talks with Karzai Wednesday night.
On their visit to Kabul, McCain and Sens. Joe Lieberman, Lindsey Graham and Kirsten Gillibrand said good governance must accompany military efforts to clear, hold and secure Taliban strongholds, especially in the south.
The lawmakers are going next to Pakistan to push the government to pressure the Haqqani insurgent network, which plots Afghanistan attacks from hideouts in Pakistan.