Berlusconi is visiting George-Boy these days. We have seen him having a chat with the President in the White House. And we will see him deliver a speech before the whole congress of the USA today.
Berlusconi is quite concerned about this speech. He has already visited the Congress and performed a huis clos, that is in complete loneliness, just to feel the room.
God only knows what he is going to say. What Berlusconi does not seem to know is that the whole world is laughing at him, at his conflict of interests, and the awkward situation flowing from it.
God only knows whether this forthcoming performance will improve Silvio's chances to win the April elections. Italians have never been happy with the war in Iraq, and those who have seen the 'Pace' (Peace) flags displayed by private citizens can confirm this impression.
So, my guess is that Berlusconi will deliver a pro-american kind of speech, in general, but in particular he will voice a criticism of the war. If this was correct, it would be interesting to see how far that criticism can go.
Needless to say, any criticism will have to be put within the elections framework. Berlusconi, if I know him well, is not expressing a principled view, but only a very instrumental speech to convince undecided italian people that he has always been against the war...
Nothing could be more hilarious than that