This is devastating news for the Kerry campaign. They had decided that their whole closing strategy would be to argue that “Kerry could get French and Germany to bail us out of a doomed Iraq.” … But the French and the Germans won’t play along.
French and German government officials say they will not significantly increase military assistance in Iraq even if John Kerry, the Democratic presidential challenger, is elected on November 2.
Mr Kerry, who has attacked President George W. Bush for failing to broaden the US-led alliance in Iraq, has pledged to improve relations with European allies and increase international military assistance in Iraq.
“I cannot imagine that there will be any change in our decision not to send troops, whoever becomes president,” Gert Weisskirchen, member of parliament and foreign policy expert for Germany’s ruling Social Democratic Party, said in an interview. …
A French government official said: “People don’t expect that much would change under a Kerry administration, even if things can only get better. We do not anticipate a sudden honeymoon in the event Kerry replaces Bush.
A German government spokesman declined to comment on the outcome of the US presidential election. But the feeling in Chancellor Gerhard Schr