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Dishonoring the Medal

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Submitted by Rick Martens (United States), Dec 5, 2005 at 12:24

If the Presidential Medal of Honor can be placed around the neck of George Tenet it can be bestowed to anyone. Muhammad Ali 's career as a draft dodger is child's play to the harm Tenet's disservice to the United States played.

Under many governmental less democratic systems in the world, a failure such as George Tenet would be lucky to escape with his life let alone be honored. There is still no reason to honor such a failure.

Mr. "slam dunk" not only gave the President poor intelligence preceding the Iraq war but was on board to watch al-Qaeda pilot planes slam into the WTC. Our President and others have suffered for Tenet's incompetence. He and the still-head of the FBI are the two men who should have been held most accountable for the failures of US intelligence vis-a-vis Islamic terror over the past decade.

Muhammed Ali was a willing tool of the Nation of Islam. If any one has old issues of "Muhhamed Speaks", the organ for the Nation, the cartoons sometimes looked like they came out of Das Strumer). But since his "worst days" he has grown into someone bigger than himself.

Tenet, on the other hand, is fresh from his dismal failures and Americans are paying a hugh price for them as I write this. Yet Tenet was honored. If you really call into question the wisdom of honoring someone with this Medal, please write a column on Tenet.
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