COMPASSION WITHOUT EXPECTATIONS. American governmental leaders can't help thinking of twisting things to see how it can help their political cause. Bush Adminsitration officials have openly pondered that America's compassion in the face of the tsunami catastrophe will hopefully win them political points and goodwill they have lost in the War on Iraq and other debacles regarding the Muslim world.
They just don't get it.
Compassion is borne out of feeling for and responding to the human predicament without strings attached. I believe this is what the vast majority of American citizens intend and want to express at this moment and in this crisis.
Anything more or less is not compassion.
To the U.S. Government: Quit calculating. Just do what is right.