Bush and his lackeys have always been one to go full steam ahead, damning the torpedoes. They make their grand pronouncements, piss off the world, and don't care. Until they have to. As the Times today in an editorial says (in re Freedom Fries):
The renaming also was the embodiment of President Bush’s my-way-or-the-highway diplomacy. A French Embassy spokeswoman gamely told The Associated Press at the time that “we are at a very serious moment dealing with very serious issues, and we are not focusing on the name you give to potatoes.” But “freedom fries” was intended to be, and was, a poke in France’s eye. Harassing the French is probably not the wisest course now that America may need their help negotiating a ceasefire in Lebanon.
Exactly. All the countries that Bush has pissed off have memories. Think of Canadians: We've seen how outrageously the US has flaunted NAFTA in regards to softwood lumber. You think we'll forget when it comes time to sign new trade deals?
So the US is stuck in Iraq. It's got new problems in the Middle East. At some point, it's going to need help. You think, given the abuse that all those who were not members of the coalition of the willing got, that the world's going to quickly forgive and forget and help dig the US out?