(Alternet) Bush switches on International Security Force

Old Blog Import

AlterNet — CORN: We Make War; Keeping Peace is for Others

For months, Hamid Karzai, the interim prime minister, has pleaded for expanding the international peacekeeping force in his country. Currently, these troops — about 4500 soldiers from 17 nations — patrol only Kabul and its environs. … A month ago, the Bush White House was considering backing a plan to double the peacekeeping force in Afghanistan — while the State Department had advocated beefing it up to 25,000 troops — but then the Bush administration changed direction and said no to bolstering what’s officially known as the International Security Assistance Force.