The Today team were a lot more chipper reporting from the US this morning than they were in 2004.
The question is : Ms Pelosi has said that "we will stand by Iraq, but we'll do it differently". What does this mean ?
I'd love it if she meant - 'we'll send another 250,000 troops and hunker down for the long haul'. I've got a horrible feeling she meant 'we'll get out just as soon as we've found a way to make it seem OK'. The Iraqi leadership must be worried men tonight.
BBC Radio had a reporter trawling various political functions in Washington last night. At a Republican bash one gloomy activist said 'If you enjoyed seeing the helicopters scraping the last Americans off the roof of the Saigon Embassy, you'll be able to see it all again soon. A Democratic Congress will starve the military of funding, compelling them to leave by end 2007'.
If America gets out of Iraq and leaves it in chaos, 'twill be a defeat. But the consequences of that defeat will be felt in Europe long before they're felt in the US.
UPDATE - Paul Belien puts it more elegantly :
However, the current American elections are relevant for Europe, too. If they lead to the American withdrawal from Iraq, Europe will face a widespread intifada. The withdrawal will be perceived as a defeat of the West ...
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