Irony is officially dead, my friends, and there's a shiny medal pinned to its chest.
Bush presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom to retired Gen. Tommy Franks, who oversaw combat in Afghanistan and the initial invasion of Iraq, former CIA Director George Tenet and former Iraq administrator L. Paul Bremer.Now I really can't speak with authority on the general, but this very article has choice worts for George Tenet and Paul Bremer.
Tenet left the CIA in July after seven years as director. He has been criticized for intelligence failures before the September 11, 2001 attacks and the never-proven prewar allegations that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction.Bush then said, "Coughbullshitcough!"
Bush credited him as "one of the first to recognize and address the threat to America from radical networks."
Bremer, of course, is best known for this choice remark.
This fall, Bremer suggested the United States had paid a price in Iraq in the immediate aftermath of major combat operations because it did not have enough troops in place to stop the looting.Hey, I said that, too! Can I have a medal of freedom too?
Those remarks gave Bush critics ammunition for their claims that the administration's postwar planning was inadequate.