The big story in Washington this week is the misstep by Gen. Stanley McChrystal, who until today was the commander in charge of U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

McChrystal came under fire for his criticism of President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, members of their senior staffs and others with leadership roles in the war in Afghanistan. Now the president has appointed General David Petraeusm who earlier led U.S. troops in the Iraq war.

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The renewed conversation about the war will mean renewed debate about whether the war in Afghanistan is winnable. One of those who'll weigh in is Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin, who sits on the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.

On Afghanistan, Cardin has said, "Only a planned reduction in U.S. combat troops, matched with enhanced diplomatic and development efforts with regional and tribal partners, will demonstrate to the Afghan government and the Afghan people that we support them but they are responsible for the security and the future direction of their nation."

Senator Cardin and Sen. Barbara Mikulski commemorated the one year anniversary of the tragic D.C. metro crash by making a renewed push for improved safety on transit systems across the country.

"In the last 12 months, 13 people have died on Metro," Senator Mikulski said. "After that June 22 crash, four more Metro employees were killed on the job. The way to honor and remember those we've lost is to be relentless in reforming Metro."

Senator Mikulski introduced her own bill, the National Metro Safety Act, to require strong new federal standards for Metro systems nationwide. Her office says she also requested a federal investigation to properly investigate safety issues on the D.C. metro which she says transports thousands of Marylanders to school, work and play.

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