When President Bush handed out Freedom Medals to George Tenent, Paul Bremer and General Tommy Franks, it was a golden opportunity for some interesting repartee that never took place.
For example, when giving a medal to Tenent he might have said, "For your contribution to intelligence failures, bad intelligence and misleading guidance that caused me to invade and occupy Iraq-- with the blessings of a belly-up Congress-- to the tune of eighty-something billion dollars." That is exactly what the President and Congress told us.
Of course anyone who has not lived under a rock knows that Bush and his neo-con handlers vetted and cherry-picked the intelligence to justify their pax-Americana grand strategy by launching the Iraq invasion as a model.
With Paul Bremer, Bush could have cited his ability to put together an interim governing group heavy with Iraq exiles who readily said "how high" when Bremer said "jump".
About General Franks, Bush said "One of the highest distinctions of history is to be called a liberator and Tommy Franks will always carry that title." He might have added that an estimated 50,000 Iraqis and 1,300 Americans have been "liberated" from this mortal coil we call earth---and that the General "liberated" Bush's intent to start a war by flat out lying when asked by the media--- prior to the invasion--- if any troop staging and movement was underway. But, then, reality has never been an intregal component of Bush's thinking where Iraq is concerned.