Turner is right: compassion is missing. So is any hint of intelligence in the new "surge" plan. Read the entire column at The Wealthy Frenchman:
Missing from all the talk from the Republican White House about the "surge" in Iraq is compassion.There should be pity for the helpless human beings on the ground over there, and especially for the fallen and wounded servicemen and women and their families.
A vast callousness has settled on the capital. The contrast between how we showcased President Gerald R. Ford's entombment and the way we still brush off our war dead can't be explained in any other way.
People sat transfixed in front of their TV sets watching the repetitive rituals for Ford. And under the cover of Bush administration secrecy, our war dead are processed through the military's mortuary at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware like so many uncounted crates - nameless commodities.
No pictures are allowed there, nor any public rites for the 3,018 unlucky personnel as of this writing who got stopped cold in the war of choice pushed by President Bush and the so-called neo-conservatives.
Compare the anonymity of these dead boys and girls with the fame and wealth enjoyed by those who urged this war on America and the Middle East.
The most famous of the jingoists is Vice President Cheney. One, William Kristol, is weekly featured as an expert on Fox News. Another, Paul Wolfowitz, one of former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld's top henchmen, became president of the World Bank.
Still others, such as former CIA director George Tenet and former Rumsfeld aide Douglas J. Feith, found safe haven in the faculty of Georgetown University.Washington is so forgiving. Bullets and improvised explosive devices in Baghdad are not.
Undaunted by the blood and sacrifice of the less fortunate, Bush announced there will be more men and women sentenced to mediating a sectarian civil war in a country that we broke.