Chelsea/Bradley. If Manning says she is a woman, then this column believes her. She has never lied or committed war crimes or invaded a nation. She also did not slaughter people at a wedding or killed a host of other folks that we, America, fondly think of as expendable collateral.
The judge was more humane than most expected. The charge that Manning deliberately aided the enemy was tossed out. Instead of the maximum 99-year sentence, a term of one third that was imposed.
Also, the court granted time served and acknowledged the special horror of 112 days of captivity for Chelsea.
Of course, President Obama should pardon the soldier or commute the sentence. But that’s clearly not going to happen. Good job Nobel Peace Prize Committee. Of course the intent of presenting this honor to Obama during the seminal salad days of his administration was to comment on the war criminal who preceded him in office. And George W. Bush as well.
Bada bing. It’s funny because it is true. (Sheldon Cooper.)
But to illustrate the perfidy and evil of the previous administration, the Peace Prize could have been given to the Rwandan generals during that country’s bloodbath.
This discussion should not stray over to the President except to ask: where is your decency and conscience sir? However, this is the same man who was determined to catch Edward Snowden.
That did not go well.
Just an aside, but this country is more obsessed with spying, having paramilitary police and letting the citizenry build their own arsenals than actual effectiveness. And collectively, we can’t seem to catch many folks.
The alleged Boston Marathon bomber was discovered by a guy in his backyard who was enjoying the night air.
And Edward Snowden, with all the military machinery at the behest of the Commander-in-Chief, refused to return to this country. Or get captured.
Can’t imagine why after the way Manning was treated.
Let’s hope that Chelsea stays front and center in the news for the duration of her incarceration. She seems quite talented at capturing attention.
Maybe a Nobel Peace Prize would help. For someone who truly sought to end the atrocity of war.