By Mario Trujillo - 12/09/13 11:36 AM EST
Afghanistan’s failure to sign a status of forces agreement would be a “huge setback” for the United States, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said Monday.
He also said it would be a rehash of Iraq, which refused to sign a deal and forced the withdrawal of all U.S. troops.
“That's a replay of what happened when we got out of Iraq, by not giving them a number of troops,” he said. “ In fact, it got down to so a little number, it was ridiculous.”
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Sunday said if Afghanistan doesn't sign a deal, all U.S. troops might leave because of a lack of security.
The Defense Department had pressed for a deal by the end of the year, but said last week it will have until February or March to come to a status of forces agreement with NATO and Afghanistan.
Tribal leaders have signed onto a deal, but President Hamid Karzai has refused.