Italy: Nobody Elected You...
...to build a new US base in the country.
Premier Prodi has clearly made a very unpopular decision by permitting US Defense Department to enlarge its base in Vicenza. Reading the press, it seems the US threatened to move the Vicenza airbase to Germany if Italy didn't allow it to expand the base.
Protester's make a good point by saying, "We didn't elect you to build new US bases".
If I were Premier, I might be pretty peeved that naked US airmen were hotdogging their aircraft through the Alps, severing a cable cars loaded with skiers. I might be outraged that CIA agents from the base kidnapped one of my nationals off the street and spirited him to a torture cell. If I were an Italian leftie, I'd be angry that the US was flying bomber squadrons out of my country to drop their payload on Iraq and on possibly on Iran in the future. I might also be concerned about by my fragile coalition.
Prodi seems to have jeopardized his government by refusing to say "No". Indeed, this may be the last straw for his coalition.