“Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who favors expanding the international peacekeeping force beyond Kabul, has circulated a letter to Bush among other Senate Republicans who have also begun to doubt the administration position, sources said. McCain declined to discuss the letter. Hyde, too, said he supports expansion of the security force outside the Afghan capital.
Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D-Del.) sent his own letter to Bush last week urging deployment of the 5,000-strong United Nations force throughout the country with expanded rules of engagement. "These must be peacemakers as much as peacekeepers," Biden said in a statement to the Senate that was sharply critical of the administration’s position.”