The Presidential Medals of Freedom

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In Iraq, escalating violence has required more American troops than the architects of invasion and occupation ever predicted but, in Washington, President Bush has awarded Medal of Freedom to George Tenet and Paul Bremer, who-ve been blamed for major miscalculations. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is holding onto his job, even though Republicans are among his harshest critics for failing to recognize what they call -reality- on the ground. Is President Bush awarding the right people? Warren Olney speaks with experts in conflict management and international relations from Dartmouth College, the Heritage Foundation, a intelligence officer who participated in invasion of Iraq, and the Weekly Standard's William Kristol. (An extended version of this segment aired earlier today on To the Point.)

Presidential Medal of Freedom

Secretary Rumsfeld's remarks to soldiers in Kuwait, en route to Iraq

Tommy Franks' American Soldier

Admiral Zinni on Iraq, 60 Minutes feature

Kristol's Washington Post commentary criticizing Secretary Rumsfeld

Credits

Host:
Warren Olney

Producer:
Frances Anderton