Telegraph.co.uk: Guido Westerwelle profile: FDP leader
The Local, Germany's News in English: Westerwelle: Germany must stay in Afghanistan
Germany's election is a blow to the Afghanistan War's opponents, as we await what most see as inevitable---Barack Obama's approval of another 40,000 pair of "boots on the ground" in Afghanistan, as requested by General Stanley McChrystal, the U.S. Commander in Afghanistan.
And, as Obama appeals to NATO to view the Afghanistan War as their own War on Terror.
Before the election, Global Security reported that:
1) Seventy percent of Germans were demanding immediate withdrawal from the Afghanistan War,
2) Five of six parties in the German Parliament, nevertheless, favored ongoing German engagement, and,
3) German Parliamentarians had therefore postponed the annual vote required to sustain troop support, until December, after the election.
4) European opposition to the Afghanistan War mirrored Germany's. (Global Security: As Germany Votes, Afghanistan Gets Growing Attention.) It's hard, from a distance, to interpret the newfound strength of the German Green and Left Parties, but the strategy of pro-war German politicians---rescheduling the war vote until after the election---seems to have been a success.