Michael Ledeen has a good piece on newly appointed EU President Silvio Berlusconi who is taking flak from critics of his center-right, pro-US, pro-economic freedom policies. Berlusconi’s Presidency will be a breath of fresh air for the EU which has suffered under the same series of dreary and unimaginative leaders for years.
Berlusconi’s tax-amnesty policies reversed a long tradition of capital flight from Italy and brought government revenues to a new high. He and his Forza Italia party have been invaluable allies to the United States and have assisted fully in combating international terrorism. Berlusconi is not only a savvy businessman, but he’s managed to bring that steady hand to the typically unsteady realm of Italian government. Berlusconi has led one of the most stable Italian governments in the post-World War II era, and that is a lasting testament to his leadership abilities. Leading the EU will be a much more difficult task for President Berlusconi, but he has already done much in his political career, and at least the EU has the right man for the job in office. Buona fortuna!
UPDATE: Then again, if Berlusconi pulls another shameful outburst like this his political future will be limited. Granted, the actions of the other members of the Parliament wasn’t much better, but Berlusconi’s remark is still inexcusable.