The Turkish government utterly failed during the first World War. The only thing it succeeded in was orchestrating the first systematic extermination of a people in the 20th century. Most historians and eyewitnesses came to call these atrocities the Armenian genocide. The Bush administration, however, has refused to acknowledge this fact as a genocide, and has tried its best (through its propagandists, such as Cal Thomas) to dissuade those few courageous congressmen to vote their conscience to declare it a genocide. This is the same administration which has cried foul when some misguided demagogues denied the Holocaust. Apparently atrocities against Jews deserve to be denounced but atrocities against Armenians don't!
The Bush administration marshals a list of geopolitical excuses why we shouldn't anger the Turkish government. To appease the Turks, they are ready to pay $800 million in annual military aide to the Turkish army, which subjugates and persecutes millions of Kurdish citizens. While Bush crows that he is protecting Kurds in Iraq, he lends a hand in persecuting Kurds in Turkey. Such hypocrisy leads to a loss of even a shred of trust in the administration's policies.