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Bush Is Just 'Normal Guy with Feelings' -Berlusconi (& other great quotes from B.)
Reuters/Yahoo News ^ | May 30, 2004 | Reuters

Posted on 05/30/2004 8:06:40 PM PDT by FairOpinion

ROME (Reuters) - President Bush (news - web sites) is often misunderstood by those who do not know him personally and are unaware of his sensitive side, Italy's Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said in a television interview on Sunday.

"He's a normal man, absolutely open to everyone's feelings. He's a family man, a husband, a father of two children who he loves very much. He's someone absolutely like us," Berlusconi, who revels in the role as Bush's closest European ally behind British prime minister Tony Blair (news - web sites), told RAI3's Telecamere.

"He has very deep feelings, especially for the U.S. victims (in Iraq (news - web sites)) ... his pain is deep."

Ahead of Bush's visit to Italy next Friday, which some opponents of the Iraq war have vowed to disrupt, Berlusconi defended U.S. pre-emptive military action in the Middle East.

"The West isn't the aggressor, we must always remember this," Berlusconi said in an interview recorded on Saturday, before the hostage drama in Saudi Arabia in which an Italian cook was killed.

"On the contrary, we are defending ourselves and trying to root out terrorists from their hideouts. That's what happened in Afghanistan (news - web sites) and that is what Bush has said is the case in Iraq."

Berlusconi has rejected mounting calls from opposition leaders to withdraw Italy's 2,700 troops in Iraq and is sticking to a firmly pro-U.S. line two weeks ahead of European and local elections which will be an important test of his popularity.

Berlusconi dismissed concerns about the failure to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, saying the former regime of Saddam Hussein (news - web sites) could easily have destroyed or exported them and, in any case, the arrest of Saddam was justification enough.

"The real weapon of mass destruction in Iraq was Saddam Hussein -- and he was found."


TOPICS: Front Page News
KEYWORDS: allies; berlusconi; bush43; italy
"The West isn't the aggressor, we must always remember this," Berlusconi said"

Berlusconi dismissed concerns about the failure to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, saying the former regime of Saddam Hussein (news - web sites) could easily have destroyed or exported them and, in any case, the arrest of Saddam was justification enough.

"The real weapon of mass destruction in Iraq was Saddam Hussein -- and he was found."

Got to love Berlusconi!

It'a great to have a few leaders like him, Blair and Australia's Howard supporting us, who are not afraid to speak out.

1 posted on 05/30/2004 8:06:40 PM PDT by FairOpinion
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To: MamaLucci

fyi :^)


2 posted on 05/30/2004 8:11:19 PM PDT by jla (http://johnkerryisdangerousforamerica.blogspot.com)
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To: FairOpinion

I may never be able to insult Italian military valor again.


3 posted on 05/30/2004 8:11:29 PM PDT by King Prout (the difference between "trained intellect" and "indoctrinated intellectual" is an Abyssal gulf)
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To: FairOpinion

It's awfully nice to hear some kind words for our President for a change, as well as such strong words of support from Europe....and via Reuters no less!

Has anyone checked the temperature in Hades lately? Getting chilly down there?

:-)

GO DUBYA 2004!!


4 posted on 05/30/2004 8:13:46 PM PDT by Stoat
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To: FairOpinion

bmp


5 posted on 05/30/2004 8:19:54 PM PDT by shield (The Greatest Scientific Discoveries of the Century Reveal God!!!! by Dr. H. Ross, Astrophysicist)
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To: FairOpinion

I had the honor of meeting GWB when I volunteered for his 2000 campaign. Had a pic taken with him too. He's nice but not smarmy and not phony either.


6 posted on 05/30/2004 8:22:59 PM PDT by veronica (Sen. Robert Bryd has seen more hoods than Iraqi prisoners ever wore....)
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To: FairOpinion

Bless him for these quotes. No nuance, just an honest opinion of GWB. Bump.


7 posted on 05/30/2004 8:23:37 PM PDT by Ruth A.
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To: veronica
He's nice but not smarmy and not phony either.

Leave John Kerry out of this.

8 posted on 05/30/2004 8:24:38 PM PDT by Azzurri
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To: FairOpinion

Kerry is running around telling everyone who'll listen that Bush is harming the country with his go-it-alone, cowboy style. To Kerry, no one outside of American borders is interested or willing to help us in our fight. In this article, Berlusconi makes Kerry's stance seem ridiculous. But then again, Kerry may not want to acknowledge that people such as Berlusconi exist.


9 posted on 05/30/2004 8:33:46 PM PDT by Vision Thing (Liberal democrats & the mainstream press: Passionately defending the Enemy since the 1960s.)
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To: FairOpinion
Berlusconi dismissed concerns about the failure to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq

I really wish the Coalition and its leaders would publicize more the discovery of Sarin gas & mustard gas shells.

Shout it out from the rooftops!!!

10 posted on 05/30/2004 8:36:28 PM PDT by Yossarian
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To: FairOpinion; All

In case anyone feels like sending a big warm American THANK YOU! letter to an English-speaking representative of the Government of Italy, here is the Contact page for Italy's embassy to the United States:

http://www.italyemb.org/Contact%20us.htm

Viva Italia!

<<< setting out a big plate of fresh Cannoli for everyone :-)


11 posted on 05/30/2004 8:46:19 PM PDT by Stoat
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To: Stoat

Thanks.

Viva Berlusconi!

We will remember who our real friends are.


12 posted on 05/30/2004 8:53:00 PM PDT by FairOpinion (If you are not voting for Bush, you are voting for the terrorists.)
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To: FairOpinion
Spain's former PM Aznar, too.

If not for the socialists shicken chits, he'd still be in power.

13 posted on 05/30/2004 8:53:53 PM PDT by rvoitier (There's too many ALs in this world: AL Qaeda AL Jezeera AL Gore AL Sharpton AL Franken)
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To: rvoitier

Absolutely. Aznar is a true friend also.

And lesser known, but I have heard some of the E. European leaders speak out in strong support of the US, including the Lady President of Estonia, I think.


14 posted on 05/30/2004 8:55:18 PM PDT by FairOpinion (If you are not voting for Bush, you are voting for the terrorists.)
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To: FairOpinion

I said they spoke out in support -- but they didn't just speak, they have sent troops to fight with us, because they also understand, that freedom in the world is at stake.


15 posted on 05/30/2004 8:56:10 PM PDT by FairOpinion (If you are not voting for Bush, you are voting for the terrorists.)
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To: jla

Grazie!


16 posted on 05/30/2004 9:06:38 PM PDT by MamaLucci (Libs, want answers on 911? Ask Clinton why he met with Monica more than with his CIA director.)
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To: MamaLucci

BUMP! I'M GOING TO BUY MORE PRODUCTS FROM ITALY!


17 posted on 05/30/2004 9:30:07 PM PDT by Bobbisox (And the Rope-a-Dope Begins!)
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To: FairOpinion
A man like that deserves my support.

Just booked my vacation to Italy this summer. I will drive from Venice to the Amalfi Coast.

Memo to al Queda vermin: Freep you and the camel you rode in on.

18 posted on 05/30/2004 9:56:10 PM PDT by FormerACLUmember
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To: FairOpinion
Correctamundo!

The Baltic States, all, are our allies for they know the consequences of oppression and what it truly takes to overcome it. A Band of Brothers, we are.

19 posted on 05/31/2004 12:18:24 AM PDT by rvoitier (There's too many ALs in this world: AL Qaeda AL Jezeera AL Gore AL Sharpton AL Franken)
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To: FairOpinion

I wish we have more leaders like him.


20 posted on 05/31/2004 3:08:45 AM PDT by Killborn (I'd rather have Big Bizniz than Big Guvmint)
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To: Vision Thing

To liberals, none of the 45 nation states in the "Coalition of the Willing" exists.


21 posted on 05/31/2004 3:11:42 AM PDT by Killborn (I'd rather have Big Bizniz than Big Guvmint)
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To: FairOpinion
I thought we were in the fight alone? That's what JohnKerry said... *dripping sarcasm

I'm so thankful for Berlusconi's sentiments...and those of others. What a blessing.

22 posted on 05/31/2004 8:01:58 AM PDT by mrs tiggywinkle (God grants liberty to those who truly love it & are prepared to defend it.)
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