I read a story yesterday about a disaster in the Mediterranean:
I don't know about you, but I can't even read that headline without becoming sick to my stomach. I think of my children, my nieces and nephews, and even the children of friends -- and the immense human tragedy of that headline becomes almost overwhelming.
And yet it's worthwhile to frame it inside a much larger picture. There are 300,000 child refugees all over the world who are homeless and without their parents. That's a population similar in scale to the Des Moines metro area...but made up entirely of children who don't have a home and don't have their parents to protect them.
To call them "vulnerable" is an understatement. They are innocent, they are at risk, and they are children. And, whatever else you might want to believe about immigration, refugees, or war, it is an inexcusable failure that the United States -- the greatest moral power ever to emerge on Earth -- isn't showing leadership by trying to rally the world to respond with humanity.
I spent some time on this topic on the air last weekend: