Guys, you gotta stop your american mumbo jumbo idealistic CNN, FOX news, Jerry Springer driven minds and understand that cultures differ. America is a new country, wasn't there about 200 years ago, but France, UK (which just follows the US like a sheep BTW) and Germany have had colonies and extremely strong empires. They have a lot of experience in the domain of warfare and many academics who have learned from the war. America has never suffered a war on its territory on a large scale. It's easy to say, let's send these guys overthere, who cares? I'm safe in my little bunker in central Kansas. I recall this line from Spider Man " From great power, comes great responsibility" hÃ©hÃ©, well if Spider Man has responsibilities, maybe the government should too. France, just so happens to be responsible in trying to find a resolution to this crisis. They are NOT denying military support to the coalition, they are trying to limit LOSS OF LIVES. If you can get a riskless profit, TAKE IT! If you can't, and if the Powell's proofs are confirmed, then France will be there. No worries about it. Don't make more enemies than you can afford. Rumsfeld did a terrible mistake at singling out Germany and France.