Here is an AP dispatch, and one from Reuters, on just how angry the Germans are at Rumsfelds remarks the other day about Germany. Note that one member of parliament wants Rumsfeld to tone down his rhetoric. Rumsfeld told the House Armed Services Committee this (I guess stating a fact is what is called rhetoric):
"And then there are three or four countries that have said they wont do
anything. I believe Libya, Cuba and Germany are the ones that I have
indicated wont help in any respect." I am pleased by this German response (and the threats of anti-war demonstrations during Rummys visit); they should be helped along in this necessary conversation about what their role in the world (and in Europe) should be. The German decision on Iraq has been very salutary for both American policy and the future of of a united Europe; the US now knows it cant count on the Germans and the recently freed European countries have been reminded why Europe cant be led by Germany. They cant allow the Germans to lead them by the nose, and they will not. This is what makes the Germans angry.