Help on the way without UN approval

Why we can still love the Germans

German brewer Spaten, based in Munich, is offering 600 cases of beer to each of the US armed services. Although Germany resisted the idea of overthrowing Saddam and has not offered to contribute men or money to the cause, US troops will probably manage to drink the gift one way or another.

Donald C. Bennett, a selectee for chief petty officer who came to a Norfolk Naval Station loading dock to claim four cases for his crew on the submarine Montpelier, agreed: “We’re happy to drink it all.”

And then some.