Thursday, March 17, 2005

Not So Fast: Italian Pullout May Not Be Imminent

Despite the celebrations of terrorist sympathizers and enablers all over the world, the much ballyhooed Italian withdrawal from Iraq may not occur as quickly as anticipated. Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is apparently backing away from announced plans for a firm date to begin pulling 3,000 Italian troops out of Iraq.

SkyNews reports:
The Italian Prime Minister has made an apparent backtrack on his proposal to withdraw troops from Iraq in September.

Silvio Berlusconi, a firm supporter of George W Bush and Tony Blair, told reporters that no date has been set for Italian troops to leave Iraq.

He said: "There's never been a fixed date.

"It was only my hope... If it's not possible, it is not possible. The solution should be agreed with the allies."
This has set off a spate of Reuters-related stories accusing Berlusconi of "bowing" to US pressure.

Oddly, The Dread Pundit Bluto doesn't recall a similar spate of Reuters-inspired stories accusing Berlusconi of "bowing" to terrorist-sympathizer pressure when he originally announced a September pullout.