Each Sunday I try to at least catch the “In Memoriam” segment of ABC’s “This Week.” I stop what I’m doing and pause to reflect. During the Iraq war it was not uncommon for the Pentagon to release the names of more than a dozen American soldiers killed. That brings the reality home. Imagine the public outrage if each week it was the names of Americans killed in senseless drive-by shootings. Mercifully in recent years the numbers have dwindled into single digits and it isn’t uncommon for a week to go by where no names are released.
Another at home aspect of war I hadn’t considered was the President accepting personal responsibility for each life. In the “West Wing” this is portrayed masterfully as Martin Sheen’s President Bartlett made those painful calls. Did President Bush spend his Mondays calling the families of each soldier killed? I’d hope so.
I’m skeptical of the salaries and bonuses corporate executives receive. Could any single person bring that much value to the table? In comparison, the President’s meager compensation seems justified when this burden comes with the territory. The Discovery Channel’s “Dirty Jobs” can’t touch that.