A worthwhile opinion article that points out the fundamental problem either Obama or McCain will face in Afghanistan with Europeans (and especially Germans) reluctant to contribute.
And - the German love affair with Obama may already be cooling. A recent SPIEGEL ONLINE headline on Obama's desire to see more European troops in Afghanistan: "Obama-Plan: Europeans Should Bleed for US Tax Cuts".
Another SPIEGEL ONLINE headline on the Obama trip asks: "Will a German Speak at the Washington Monument in 2009?". The painful answer: Would anyone in the United States - other than a select band of media, diplomats and foreign policy wonks - really care?