U.S. Fears Grow Over Turmoil In Afghanistan

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Outside experts say, and some administration officials concede privately, that U.S. policy is hamstrung by President Bush’s aversion to broad-based”nation building” and his refusal to expand the role of the international peacekeeping force outside Kabul. The resulting policy — high on the rhetoric of commitment and low on the level of engagement — amounts to a calculated gamble that things will work out.

Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said administration policy is adrift. "They are just doing barely enough to stay in the game," he said.”