Skip to comments.President decides who to honor: Bush has nothing to apologize for.
Posted on 12/21/2004 1:14:59 AM PST by JohnHuang2
When George W. Bush presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom earlier this month to three former officials intimately involved in his Iraq policy, the news was greeted by his political opponents with all the suave grace characteristic of Howard Dean and MoveOn.org. One could almost be forgiven for thinking the awards had been bestowed upon the three as part of a clever Karl Rove plot to keep the administration's opponents in a permanent state of self-discrediting hyperventilation. On the other hand, Mr. Bush would probably provoke the same state of excitation merely by reading the first three names in the DC phone book.
The honorees were George Tenet, former director of central intelligence; L. Paul Bremer, occupation administrator in post-Saddam Iraq; and Gen. Tommy Franks, the commander responsible for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. To their many detractors, that would be George "Slam Dunk" Tenet, who missed the warning signals of September 11 and got the intelligence on weapons of mass destruction in Iraq all wrong, abetting the Bush administration's rush to war; Paul "Now you tell us" Bremer, who thoroughly bungled postwar Iraq by such decisions as the dismantling of the Ba'athist army and then failed to speak up on what needed to be done until it was too late; and Tommy "I don't do windows" Franks, whose appreciation of the requirements of war-planning ends with the fall of the bad guy's statue.
In response to the attack on the three, some Republicans have responded: Um, er, well, ah. It is as if the grave challenge Iraq presented and continues to present makes it somehow too embarrassing to speak favorably about anyone who had anything to do with it.
Some have also responded by distinguishing among the three: Give Gen. Franks some credit
(Excerpt) Read more at washtimes.com ...
Merry Chistmas to you and yours this holday season John.
Thanks for all the postings.
Why, thank you, friend. And a Merry Christmas to you and yours as well :-)
Why DID he give a medal to George Tenet?
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.