Romani Prodi, the EU Commission’s entertainingly incompetent ‘President’, hopes to become Italy’s next prime minister after the 2006 elections. He is now saying that, if he wins, Italian troops will be withdrawn from Iraq. In his view, “in its current form, the occupation [of Iraq] is the pursuit of an unjustified and illegitimate war which is visibly not succeeding in restoring peace and security in Iraq”. Prodi’s fully entitled to his opinion, of course, but he should be giving it as a private citizen, not as an unelected bureaucrat who supposedly represents the whole of the EU. Prodi is already a failure, now he’s a disgrace. He should resign.