Tony Blair's been riding on the US's coat tails for the sole purpose of trying to keep
Britain on the main stage of world affairs. Among the many reasons the Brits refuse to fully commit to the EU is the fact that they want to follow whatever policies they want that will help keep Britain in the spotlight, despite the fact that they've been out of the world game since WW2. So no wonder he always sees eye to eye with Bush, right? I mean, seriously. Look at his political stances. He's the body and soul of New Labour, but he just loves chumming up with one of the most backwards, conservative Presidents we've had in modern times. Right. Not that domestic stances/issues play a huge role in international politicking, but there must be some other motive to explain why Blair follows Bush around like a lovesick puppy. It makes Britain important.
And who gives a @#!* about the Italians? No offense intended for those of us with Italian heritage. But in terms of influence on the world stage? Bah. And their politicans are all a mess. I don't think Italy's opinion of Bush amounts to much.
I'm not saying that Germany's and other European's opinions count more, but if you discount them, it's then hypocritical to say Italy and Britain's support of the US is more important.