On the street, the Italians are as gracious and welcoming as ever. (Don't test this by showing up to dinner with the Bush twins or John Bolton, mind you.) Still, they took great delight in discovering over the weekend that classified sections of the US Army report (including names and sensitive details about roadside bombing raids) could be read through a simple cut and paste technique. I interviewed an Italian sitcom writer/blogger Gianluca Neri who made the discovery. Some of his comments landed in the USA Today story above.
Neri's ingenuity earned him a call from Italy's Ministry of Defense Monday morning. In a Dr. Strangelove moment, they wanted to know more about this cut-and-paste technique. As he told me:
"This is the embarrassing thing for