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The great trick, of course, will be to link arms with these countries without creating fresh problems. Last week Senate majority leader Tom Daschle sounded a cautionary note about the ever expanding war: "Before we make commitments in resources, I think we need to have a clearer understanding of what the direction will be." His criticism was swiftly termed "divisive" and "disgusting" by Republican leaders and found little traction even with fellow Democrats. That was one measure of how the urgency of the battle against terror has overwhelmed concern about the risks.
--By Amanda Ripley. Reported by Massimo Calabresi and Elaine Shannon/Washington and Paul Quinn-Judge/Moscow