The UK will be sending 4000 extra troops to Afghanistan, allowing the US to redeploy troops to Iraq. No surprises so far, but there's a little note at the bottome of the story (absent from the Herald's version) that should concern us:
[UK Defence Minister John] Reid said Australia and New Zealand could also make new commitments of troops to Afghanistan.
In November, Helen Clark all but ruled out sending additional troops. So, is Reid engaging in wishful thinking - or is there something the government is not telling us?