Dr. Krugman is looking for a word

to describe the thinking of Alberto Gonzales and also Laura Bush:

“Unusually, I’m having a vocabulary problem. There has to be some word for the kind of person who considers his mild discomfort the equivalent of torture, crippling injury, or death for other people. But I can’t think of it.”
Looking for a Word, Paul Krugman blog, December 31, 2008

I missed the comment deadline on this one, so I’ll have to put my contribution here. I believe the word Dr. Krugman seeks is


Always glad to be helpful.

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