Senate Armed Services Committee member Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamDurbin: I had 'nothing to do' with Curbelo snub Republicans jockey for position on immigration Overnight Health Care: House passes 20-week abortion ban | GOP gives ground over ObamaCare fix | Price exit sets off speculation over replacement MORE (R-S.C.) said Sunday that the White House needed to clarify its July 2011 Afghanistan withdrawal deadline in order for Gen. David Petraeus to get the job there done.

"When it comes to deadlines, we need to take that off his back," Graham said on "Fox News Sunday," adding that if the Obama administration was intent on withdrawing troops by that date no matter what, "if that's the policy it will doom this operation."



Graham reiterated the call that he made with Sens. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainRubio asks Army to kick out West Point grad with pro-communist posts The VA's woes cannot be pinned on any singular administration Overnight Defense: Mattis offers support for Iran deal | McCain blocks nominees over Afghanistan strategy | Trump, Tillerson spilt raises new questions about N. Korea policy MORE (R-Ariz.) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) at a Wednesday press conference: to shake up the civilian team on the ground while moving in a new general.


"This is a chance to start over completely," Graham said.

Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinGun proposal picks up GOP support Gingrich: Banning rapid fire gun modification is ‘common sense’ House bill set to reignite debate on warrantless surveillance MORE (D-Calif.), chairwoman of the Select Committee on Intelligence, said she believed that Petraeus has "flexibility, realistically" on a deadline and will have input in the civilian component in Afghanistan.

"If the team isn't right I think Gen. Petraeus' views should be taken into consideration," she said.

"I think we put all of our eggs in the Petraeus basket at this stage," Feinstein added.