Democrats Urge Caution In Afghanistan

"WASHINGTON - Key Senate Democrats signaled Friday that any push by President Barack Obama to send more troops to Afghanistan is likely to hit resistance in Congress, deepening a growing political divide on the war even within the presidents own party. Speaking on a day when a U.S. bombed tanker trucks hijacked by the Taliban killing 70 people, including some civilians, Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin said the U.S. must focus more on building the Afghan security forces. His cautionary stance was echoed by Sen. Jack Reed, who is also on the committee and spent two days in Afghanistan this week with Levin. The senators will return to Washington next week, just as Obama receives a new military review of Afghanistan strategy that officials expect will be followed by a request for at least a modest increase in U.S. troops battling insurgents in the eight-year-old war."