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The Nadir?

Reader comment on item: Muhammad Ali v. George W. Bush

Submitted by Paul P. Belle Isle (United States), Nov 29, 2005 at 16:29

Giving an ex-boxer with Parkinson's Disease the Presidential Medal of Freedom is the nadir of George W. Bush's presidency? Is this a joke? It's not even the most egregious use of the Presidential Medal of Freedom since W took over 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

The award of the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Tommy Franks, George Tenet and L. Paul Bremer represents the buying of silent complicity and the rewarding of stark incompetence that have cost over 2,000 American lives to date and countless billions of dollars to the U.S. economy. (Not to mention the conspicuously undocumented parallel numbers for Iraqi dead and economic losses.) And of course, if you want to go above and beyond to whom the President has awarded the Medal of Freedom, that's a pretty much bottomless well of opportunity to find a more fitting "nadir of his presidency."

Perhaps the author should simply substitute "Bush" for "Ali" in this quote from the article: "Ali's unvarnished legacy is an exploitative personality, sordid career, vicious politics, and extremist religion;" and just come to the same conclusion that is increasingly clear to almost everyone: The presidency of George W. Bush is itself the nadir of the office of chief executive, going back at least the last 100 years.

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