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Thursday, December 16, 2004


Established by Harry Truman in 1945 and previously awarded to such distinguished individuals as Martin Luther King, Jr., Helen Keller and Nelson Mandela, the Presidential Medal of Freedom is "designed to recognize individuals who have made an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, or to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors." The Bush administration has apparently, uh, loosened these requirements just a tad.

The new Bush standard for Medal of Freedom honorees apparently goes something like this: "The Presidential Medal of Freedom is designed to recognize individuals who have made an especially disastrous contribution to the national interests of the United States and world peace by putting together a flawed plan for war, presiding over a planless post-war period, allowing an insurgency to grow, placing a slam-dunk stamp of approval on crappy intelligence which was then used as primary basis to start a war and, just for good measure, being unable to prevent the worst act of terrorism and single largest mass murder in the history of the United States."

Yep, sounds medal-worthy to me! Congratulations to George Tenet, Paul Bremer and Tommy Franks, rewarded yesterday by President Bush. And don't worry, Lyndie England's medal is in the mail.

Medal Winners all!

The Daily Show: "
Those better be medals of shame."
Richard Cohen:
Who's next, Bernie Kerik?

UPDATE: In more awards hypocrisy, our favorite looney-tunes, duel-loving Republicrat ex-senator, Zell Miller (who just took a job as a commentator for FOX News, natch) has been selected by the American Conservative Union to present the "Courage Under Fire" award to the 'Swift Boat Veterans of Truth' (remember them?) on February 18. That may also be the very day America is finally sucked into hell... can't wait!

One More Time: Zell Miller's crazed convention rant, spitballs and all.

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