Nicola Calipari, Mexican President Fox, and John Negroponte

Re: Italian Journalist Freed in Iraq Is Nearly Killed by Friendly Fire

To the Editor:

The Italian government has “failed to agree” with the American court that dropped charges against American soldiers accused of killing Italian secret service agent Nicola Calipari while he was rescuing Italian journalist Giuliana Sgrena.

Does this mean soon that Americans will begin renaming pizza “Freedom Pie” and spaghetti “Liberty Noodles”?

I just want to be ready.

Brian Elkey
Cheonan, South Korea

To the Editor:

Did the Italians pay the insurgents $6,000,000 for the release of Sgrena? Money the oppressors can now use to buy more weapons to kill innocent Iraqi's. If so then more shame on the Italians than the soldiers dealing with car bombs coming at them several times a day.

Scott Butler
Traverse City, Mich.

Re: Failing Democratic Transition in Mexico

To the Editor:

Most Mexicans in the U.S.A. don't understand what's happening in Mexico and don't know what their politics are doing. I think all Mexicans should stand hand in hand and demand that all those politicians who have done wrong to the country be put behind bars. Mexicans don't know that they have to pay for the rest of their lives the money these people took. Mr. Aldana is free and he took a lot of money — millions — and P.A.N. and P.R.I. did nothing to prosecute him. Why should they prosecute a man who opened a driveway for a hospital? This is the new democracy that Mr. Fox is preaching to the Mexican people. Shame on him.

Ramiro Alfaro
Nogales, Ariz.

Re: John Negroponte — Policy Hack or Intelligence Reformer?

To the Editor:

Let's hope that John Negroponte takes a lesson from W. Edward Deming that revitalized the Japanese industry. Deming believed that employees on all levels should be included in making decisions to build a better product. We wouldn't have had 9/11 if the agency had listened to lower level employees.

The F.B.I. is plagued with excessive bureaucracy, micromanagement and a climate of fear that discourages field agents from questioning the agencies decisions. Too many layers of management.

Mary J. McLaughlin
Newport Beach, Calif.