Mr Rudd wants to increase our involvement in Afghanistan.
PRIME Minister Kevin Rudd will travel to Washington this month armed with plans for an Australian troop "surge" in Afghanistan.
According to well-placed sources on both sides of the Pacific, planners have been working for months on several options.
They range from a small boost to training Afghani soldiers, through to a battalion-sized battle group of 1000 soldiers plus armoured vehicles, Black Hawk helicopters and possibly even Abrams main battle tanks.
With the US pulling troops out of Iraq a surge in that other trouble spot makes sense. To let Afghanistan fall back to the Taliban would just set it up to another 9/11 attack or worse. I just hope there's enough money left after all the "stimulus" to pay for the extra war effort.