What's happening to the 'coalition of the willing'?? We hear Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi meets George Bush today - to discuss a possible pull-out of Italian troops from Iraq. - Or it seems more likely Berlusconi is showing up in DC in person to re-assure George (& the Italian and global 'MSM' -mainstream media) that in spite of CIAgate/NIGERgate an Italian pull-out will not happen. - "Berlusco" must've flown out of Rome just after me. Is his trip just kind of a nod to a hostile Italian public & angry anti-war movement? Meanwhile, Italian daily La Repubblica just ran a three-part series - in Italian, Oct 24, 25, 26, 2005- charging that the US and UK were aided by the Italian intelligence agency SISMI in obtaining or allegedly even falsifying documents that were used by George Bush and his "Vulcans" to 'prove' that the tiny West African country Niger was prepared to provide nuclear material to Saddam Hussein. La Repubblica even says an Italian sometime-spy Rocco Martino broke into the Embassy of Niger in Rome to steal official Government of Niger stationery for someone to forge letters describing the alleged nuclear loot allegedly headed for Iraq. Non e possibile... If all this is true Italians again allow themselves to do the dirty work for interests far North and West of Rome, using Italians' geo-cultural proximity to Africa to help set up a situation. Water-carrying for Washington?? Why wouldn't someone right there in Washington break and enter Niger's embassy in DC? Not that they should. A truly pitiful mess. In Italia what I call GOPGate is being called Nigergate. Check the story in English here. ...Or the original Repubblica series in italiano - linked above. So far, apart from certain US daily newspapers we haven't yet heard a peep of this from US television "news" media!