But the moment means more than just goodwill. It means money:
- "We are going to pressure all of our friends and allies to
contribute as much as they can," Deputy Defense Secretary Paul
D. Wolfowitz told the Armed Services Committee. Offers of military and
financial help are already coming, Wolfowitz said, predicting a
"larger coalition of the willing" for reconstruction than for the war.
Pressed on specifics by Sen. Robert C. Byrd (D-W.Va.), however, Wolfowitz cited none. "So far, we're still in the early stages of that," he said. "I think some people were, frankly, a bit taken by surprise by the images they saw on television [on Wednesday]."