Last week Pres. Bush pays a state visit to Italy ( & visits the Pope!). Today, Coalition special forces free the 3 Italian civilians held hostage in Iraq since April 12. Just in time for Bush to report "mission accomplished" when the Italian PM arrives at the G-8 summit where Bush has a chance to repair his abysmal foreign relations record before the elections.
I'm thrilled they were saved, but the timing of the operation - it is quite suspicious. But then, it seems like the Republicans have always had a knack for cashing in on hostage situations for political gain.