In light of the recent comments concerning fighting abilities of European troops from Mr. Gates it will be highly important for a future President to restore good relations with European nations who have [need I remind Americans? ;-)] been very supportive of numerous missions. Not only Iraq and Afghanistan but also in Security Council decisions.
Instilling doubts into people won't decrease stress factors for families and will also deteriorate team morale in those soldiers who are on missions.
Need I remind politicians how detrimental a lack of political backing really IS on military people? This ain't no Rambo movie. It's bloody real for the many who are doing their level best instead of sitting on their rears in DC with bitter comments...
Worth remembering, I think.