Hate-America Heroes

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Exposing America’s sources to harm and America’s secrets to the world doesn’t make America better or stronger. It makes it harder for friends to stay friends and information to flow our way. This was the point—to cripple, or at least hamstring, America’s foreign policy apparatus. Like Alger Hiss or Julius Rosenberg, Manning’s treachery needed not thirty pieces of silver as an inducement. Hatred of country sufficed—just as love of country has prompted thousands of his Army comrades to die on the battlefield in Afghanistan and Iraq. The same word, “patriotism,” cannot retain any semblance of a stable meaning when it’s used to describe both Army Private First Class Ross McGinnis, who jumped on a grenade in Baghdad to save his comrades from death or serious injury, and Army Private First Class Bradley Manning, who transferred America’s secrets to an anti-American computer hacker.

A glib omniscience characterized the betrayal, in which a “never noticed” and “regularly ignored” 22-year-old private first class not only released more than a quarter-million secret documents without review, but did so while lip-synching to Lady Ga Ga. The frivolousness in which Manning carried out that grave act was fueled by a reflexive anti-Americanism and an ends-justify-the-means mentality. He may not have been old enough to even remember the Cold War, but Manning unknowingly adopted many of the attributes of Americans rooting for the wrong side of that conflict.

Certainly the disseminator of Manning’s purloined information remembers the Cold War. Veteran reporter Arnaud de Borchgrave recently detailed WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s childhood drenched in radical politics. De Borchgrave reported, “Australian acquaintances say [Assange] was bitterly disappointed by the outcome of the Cold War with a resounding global victory for the United States and its allies.”

The heaven on earth has long since disappeared. The devil state remains.

Historians John Earl Haynes and Harvey Klehr, writing in their 2003 book In Denial, observed of an earlier generation of domestic subversives:

The American people, through the Constitution and under laws enacted by the Congress, invested in Presidents Roosevelt and Truman authority to share or not share the nation’s secrets with our allies. They did not invest that authority in Harry White, Theodore Hall, Alger Hiss or Lauchlin Currie. These men never went before American voters to ask for this authority or to account for their actions, but arrogated to themselves the right to give secrets to a foreign power.

Ditto for Bradley Manning. No one voted for him to decide what information remains private and what becomes public. He hubristically usurped that power.

He will pay the consequences. More so will his country.

Daniel J. Flynn, author of A Conservative History of the American Left, blogs at www.flynnfiles.com.

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  • ObamaYoMoma

    May Bradley Manning and Julian Assange be sentenced to death and burn in hell for eternity! Of course, the reason the Obama administration is ignoring this latest dump of American classified material is because it is hard to be angered by something you agree with.

    • bill

      Government lives on secrets –keep everyone in the dark so to speak. Letting crimials and drug dealers loose, Arabs view of Iran, and on and on, would have been good to know when I voted last.

  • stephencuz

    What should be kept in mind is that an official notice has gone out to all Federal Employees reminding them that even if classified materials are posted in a public forum, they still do not have the right to access them. They must adhere to the classification previously given to said materials and have the necessary clearance and "need to know" before viewing such materials. There, don't you feel safer now? The Administration acted decisively.

  • jacob

    We can rest assured that MANNING will not be given life in prison the way POLLARD
    did for informing ISRAEL its "ally" duplicity regarding the SYRIAN hyena…

    This country is so topsy-turvy that I remember O.J's reputation as a "HERO" , which prompted RUSH LIMBAUGH to ask the imbeciles calling O.J hero whether they knew
    the actual meaning of the word, as where was the heroism in being paid millions
    for running with or after a ball…

    And as to RUSH LIMBAUGH, what does the rabble rouser who should have been
    in jail after what he pulled years ago on NY police, have against LIMBAUGH ??

  • sharpsrifle

    Manning deserves a general court and if found guilty (makes me wish I were active duty and in his chain of command…oh, the board I could assemble…), should be shot. Julian Assange should be placed in the Colorado supermax and in the same cell as the al-Q thug of his choice.

  • tagalog

    I certainly agree with the view that Bradley Manning does not subscribe to the "traditional forms of patriotism." His patriotism is analogous to the sort of "friendship" where you screw your buddy. The latter could be called "not subscribing to the 'traditional forms of friendship.'"

    • USMCSniper

      Ahhh yess,,, non traditional like in perversion, deviancy, and debauchery, the little peter puffing bunboy is as Ann Coulter put it, the poster boy for keeping "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" or maybe for "Need Not Apply".

  • topperj

    The Hate America First crowd has been around for a long time. I always wonder why such misfits just don't leave? What's keeping them here? Rather than use their energies to ruin the last, great hope for the world, why not go to one of the totalitarian hell holes they love so much and try to "make a difference" there? Hmmmmmmmmmmm.

    • Lou

      They dont leave because they wouldnt be free to do what they do in another country. well, maybe in canada they could.

    • http://blog.yintercept.com yintercept

      The classical liberal valued objective reasoning and encouraged people to look at both the good and bad of the government with a belief such scrutiny would improve things. Modern progressivism is simply a perversion of these American ideals.

      The professoriat draws students into their Hate-America-First style of reasoning by confusing new think with the critical thinking that made America strong.

    • ebonystone

      "What's keeping them here?"

      The easy money they make spouting their lies is what keeps them here. There are plenty of universities, leftist think-tanks, and media enterprises willing to offer them well-paying (often very well) jobs. Book deals and speaking tours can be added on top of that..

  • Spider

    Yes we can only hope that Manning is convicted and placed in a special cell block where he is guaranteed of being sodomized every day by gangs of HIV+ "bruthas". for the remainder of his short but painful life.

  • emmaliza

    The universities have kept this 'hate America' going for decades. The indoctrination is pervasive, from the re-writing of textbooks for public schools, through the university leftist majority on all campuses. The ACLU has furthered the cause in its successful war on religious freedoms. The entertainment industry, centered in New York and California, has evolved into a propaganda machine for every hater of America and its traditions. Fortunately, most people at some time in their lives, learn to think for themselves.

  • Wesley69

    The Left believes as Iranian and other Fundamentalist Muslims believe, the US is the Great Satan in the world, the Evil Empire that needs to be destroyed by whatever means is available. That means USING OUR OWN FREEDOMS AGAINST US.

    Naturally, Bradley Manning is a hero to them. A martyr for the truth, he is not. He just made it easier for those forces that truly want to destroy our freedom. People are calling for the government to do something about these leaks. That should be music to the ears of those wanting to curb our free press and speech.

    The damage has been done. The leaks are out there. The New York Times has acted irresponsibly, but so has the entire Left Wing Media before the 2008 election when they failed to vent the candidacy of Obama up until today treating this administration with the velvet gloves, where, in George Bush's case, they were getting out the nails and hammers.

    What we need to do is limit access to this information on a need to know basis. Intelligence must be passed up the chain of command and reviewed at highest levels, then shared with other agencies. Then the agencies together can debate the relevant dangers of the intelligence. Bradley Manning should have never had access to this much intelligence information. For that, the government of the US is at fault. That does not change what Manning did and what he is. He is a traitor and I’m all for making him a martyr to the Leftists.

    • Almarri

      I absolutely agree with you. When will the west – US and UK and western europe (some hope) wake up to realise that Islam's object is to have us all convert to that religion . No conversion then death is our lot!! WAKE UP!!

  • tanstaafl

    “Soldiers’ sworn oath is to defend and support the constitution,” Daniel Ellsberg explains. “Bradley Manning has been defending and supporting our constitution.”

    Last I heard, the constitution is not a suicide pact.

    • tagalog

      What part of the U.S. Constitution does Daniel Ellsberg think Manning is defending and supporting? Do you think it could be Article III, Section 3?

  • Almarri

    I hope they string him up! As for Julian Assange and his sanctimonious hollier than thou attitude and all the other left wing Islam lovers – send them all to Iran or Saudi Arabia and let them feel the joy of living under murderous religious dictatorships!

  • Brett

    My blood boils as I watch this beautiful country turn into a place for all to come and bash it's greatness, Just as these people are so reality depraved, we are too. Our left is the new right. Their self declared moral and intellectual superiority is a spectacle to behold. We have lost the Cold War not won. Russia is a mafia state, the names have changed but the system is the same. China owns us without a single shot and without declaring war. They have permeated our society and laid the bait for the drones to swallow. The world is laughing at us. Who are the fools?

  • Seek

    Pfc. Bradley Manning, I understand from a number of sources, is a buttstabber who was frustrated over the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. In other words, this guy's search of pleasure for his ass is a reason for putting our country at risk of a nuclear or chemical weapons attack on a city. Beyond belief.

    How the f**k did this guy at the Pfc. rank get access to classified State and Pentagon documents anyway?

  • kbs55

    The only people these post were secret from is the American Taxpayer.
    As far a the dupe of the month goes air drop him into Iran.
    Yes he gets a parachute, but no passport.

  • USMCSniper

    The Senate just rejected the appeal of "Don't Ask Don't Tell" so the Marine Corps doesn't have to accept manly girls and girly mans afterall.

  • rocky

    “did not subscribe to traditional forms of patriotism.”

    It's like saying that the town SL(u)t does not subscribe to traditional forms of virginity.

    • rocky

      and Blue does not subscribe to traditional definitions of redness.

      and Hitler did not subscribe to traditional definitions of Philo-Semitism.

      Hopefully, Manning’s cellmate will not subscribe to traditional definitions of "heterosexuality" and "consensual sex".

  • Lightning Jack

    Free speech and social justice are neither served nor benefited when they are used as a banal excuse to commit international espionage, and recklessly endanger innocent human life to satisfy someone's tortured and narcissistic ego.

    The fact that certain "astute" individuals regard Pfc. Bradley Manning and WikiLeaks Julian Assange and his cohorts as hero's for conspiring to damage this nations national security and global diplomatic mission is a pathetic testimony of how far the America hating left will go to undermine democracy and the integrity of our armed forces.

    It is my hope that Pfc. Manning will be tried and convicted under the military UCMJ for espionage and treason, and then promptly sentenced to death by hanging or firing squad.

    As for the WikiLeaks Julian Assange and Co. I would like to know why our attorney general hasn't sent his representatives to the Hague (International Court) demanding that charges for complicity in the commission of international espionage and reckless endangerment of innocent human life be brought against Julian Assange and WikiLeaks?

  • Anonymous

    Reading this comment page, I had look up at the address bar again just to see if I had stumbled upon Stormfront. You can say over and over again that he endangered lives, that he got people killed, that he's satan, etc. etc. but without proper evidence, your word is as useful as vapor. It's just repetitions of mindless talking points. It is rather sad to see such intellectual dishonesty in the country. For a second, I had thought that maybe, just maybe we were better than that. It's no wonder we're in this economic and internal quagmire. We don't think anymore.