The Defense Department is desperately trying to find doctors, nurses and linguists for the war effort.   DoD will temporarily try to recruit foreigners who have been living in the United States on student and work visas as well as on refugee and political asylum status. 

Officials have announced that Defense Secretary Robert Gates is authorizing the armed forces to recruit certain legal aliens whose critical medical and language skills are “vital to the national interest.”

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It does appear that preparations are being made to move the war in Afghanistan up a few levels.  Long overdue.