Being stood up
There's no explanation for why Zapatero is chasing after Bush. Very influential people believe that the prime minister should stop begging and start demanding. Do you know what they call the movements of American forces in Spain? "An open bar."* Every day there's a naval operation, and every hour, a plane takes off. And at Morón**, whatever they want. Zapatero has no need to tolerate such humiliation.
*"Barra libre" is Spanish for, approximately, "being a generous host and having advantage taken of you."
**Morón is an American naval base on Spain's south coast.
So Zap is steaming mad and feels terribly humiliated. Good. But he has no choice but to tolerate such humiliation, unless he wants to pull Spain out of NATO. Which he would like to do, but can't, and he knows it, so he has to swallow it and smile. I hope McCain gets elected and ignores Zap for four more years.