With luck, Bush will have us thrown out of NATO before we get thrown out of the UN.
Via Brad DeLong, Robert's Stochastic Thoughts
analyzes the Italian CIA situation and comes to the obvious conclusion
The articles [in three American papers] make it clear that police and magistrates in Italy are furious with the CIA and the Bush administration. They are not allowed to talk to reporters, but they have clearly decided to ignore this rule pushing stories on the three papers simultaneously. It is clear that the person doing this (cough Armando cough Spataro) knows that he or she will not be able to bring the agents to trial and is determined convince the court of public opinion to inflict as much punishment as possible....They are stressing that the CIA has sabotaged the war against terror and that the CIA agents are totally incompetent and self indulgent.
Not only that, but the Italians are pushing the line that the agents were corrupt, a dicey sell from Berlusconi's Italy, but in this case persuasive:
The next day, anonymous sources open a new line of attack. The CIA agents were incompetent and corrupt. [Quoting Tracy Wilkinson in the LA Times] "MILAN, Italy — They ran up tabs of thousands of dollars at some of Milan's best hotels and restaurants. They chatted easily on their cellular telephones and gave out passport, frequent-flier and driver's license numbers when booking flights or renting cars. And now they are fugitives.
Robert has the whole megillah, in highly non-random fashion. A recommended read.