Nur al-Cubicle

A blog on the current crises in the Middle East and news accounts unpublished by the US press. Daily timeline of events in Iraq as collected from stories and dispatches in the French and Italian media: Le Monde (Paris), Il Corriere della Sera (Milan), La Repubblica (Rome), L'Orient-Le Jour (Beirut) and occasionally from El Mundo (Madrid).

Saturday, June 09, 2007

Prodi the Supine

Here is an Italian Prime Minister who is persona non grata in Washington [as is Spanish Prime Minister Zapatero] and in whose face George W. Bush just kicked dirt. Under the nose of the leftist human secularist PM, the Communist (reformed) President and Assembly Speaker, Bush goes to Rome to a)Visit the Pope and b) Silvio Berlusconi. How many foreign heads of state visit a NATO ally---to chat it up with the opposition leader in order to humiliate the coalition in power?

Well, look, perhaps I'm too harsh on Prodi...the fellow probably has no choice.

The Italian papers write that Bush called the Pope "Sir" instead of "Your Holiness".
Typically flubbing his lines, Bush said, "Thanks for your time" to the Pope when leaving.


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