I think the problem now is how to solve the issue. I think nobody in his right mind is interested in a USA looking like a paper tiger (which will happen if the US pulls out unconditionally like in Somalia). But on the other hand, the insurgents and militants are slowly winning, like the Vietcong in Vietnam, simply because they are willing to sacrifice huge amonts of their own population.
Also, I think nobody in his right mind would like to have an anarchy in Iraq, where OBL
and other radicals can find a lawless space to train and retreat, like Afghanistan under the Taliban.
Also, everybody should be happy to be rid of Saddam Hussein.
Now, the problem is that Bush´s attitude is seen over here as being arrogant and power hungry.
Almost all Europeans resent his "giving us the finger" attitude. I think with a new president Krry, there might have been a chance to get massive European support to get Iraq and Afghanistan sorted, with full UN approval.
I think e.g. Schroeder is secretly happy about Bush winning the election, because else Kerry would have asked for military support, which Schroeder couldn´t have denied, giving Schroeder lots of trouble at home.
The thing is that the current US administration drove the campaign into the mud. Nobody over here trusts the Bush administration, but I think in the end they´ll need Europe to get out of it again.
I see the American forces winning battles, just like in Vietnam, through theirt advanced technology, but loosing the war, because in the end it is the behaviour of the grunt on the ground that counts. What is the use of using a laser guided high tech bomb to destroy a terrorist´s safe house, if at the same time, you´ll destroy all other houses within 400 yards, turning everybody affected into new terrorists and terrorist supporters?