The Childish Defense of Bradley Manning

Alan W. Dowd writes on defense and security.


Army Pfc. Bradley Manning has confessed to providing military and diplomatic secrets to WikiLeaks, pleading guilty to 10 criminal counts for what he once braggingly—and erroneously—called “the largest data spillage in American history.” In fact, what Manning perpetrated was the purposeful, premeditated and arguably treasonous publication of stolen national-security secrets. This was not a leak or a spill.

It pays to recall that this poster-child hero of the anti-war left gave U.S. military and diplomatic secrets to an anarchist group. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange openly admits that he wants to “bring down many administrations that rely on concealing reality—including the U.S. administration.” Likewise, Manning once boasted about “worldwide anarchy in CSV format,” a reference to the kind of files he surrendered to Assange.

Over the years, Assange and his anarchists have published operations manuals for the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay; classified reports on the Battle of Fallujah; detailed information on U.S. military equipment, by unit, in Iraq; gun-camera footage of a U.S. helicopter attack in Baghdad; a U.S. Special Forces manual for bolstering allied governments; CIA strategies to shore up public support among allied populations for the war in Afghanistan; Social Security numbers of U.S. military personnel; and private diplomatic exchanges.

In addition, as USAToday reports, WikiLeaks has exposed U.S. efforts to remove nuclear materials from Pakistan, State Department plans to use diplomatic personnel as spies, quid-pro-quos offered by the Obama administration to persuade foreign governments to take on Gitmo detainees, cover-ups of missile attacks in Yemen, and support among Arab leaders to strike Iran.

While serving in Iraq, Manning downloaded classified videos, thousands of battlefield reports and 251,287 diplomatic cables. “I listened and lip-synched to Lady Gaga,” he bragged in a text exchange, “while exfiltrating possibly the largest data spillage in American history.”

Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called WikiLeaks’ publication of secret diplomatic cables “an attack on America’s foreign policy interests.” According to Clinton, Manning’s WikiLeaks time bomb “puts people’s lives in danger, threatens our national security and undermines our efforts to work with other countries to solve shared problems.”

Manning says he stole and transferred the data to illustrate “how the world would be a better place if states would not make secret deals with each other.”

What a silly, childish notion.

In fact, we all know from personal experience that secrecy often serves an important purpose. For instance, if Assange and Manning—both in serious legal trouble—really believed secrecy was so bad, why wouldn’t they post their consultations with counsel on YouTube or share their defense strategies with the world on WikiLeaks?

The answer is the very same reason why nation-states keep some things secret. Indeed, it is often secrecy—not transparency—that keeps the world from spinning out of control.

The Assanges and Mannings of the world will never accept it, but shadows and secrets are necessary to conduct diplomacy and carry out the sort of national-security strategy that deters and ends wars.

That’s one of the sad ironies of Assange’s WikiLeaks. By exposing secret decisions and actions that relate to foreign policy and national security, he thinks he is promoting peace. But in truth, his handiwork is doing the very opposite: It has a chilling effect on the very sorts of exchanges that avert war or limit its effects, thus increasing isolation—and decreasing understanding—between governments.

History shows us the benefit of shadows.

Working in the shadows, TR prevented a war over Venezuela and ended a war between Russia and Japan.

The Allies used shadows to orchestrate their deception before D Day.

Thanks to the shadow of secrecy, FDR launched the Manhattan Project, and Truman used its fruits to end World War II.

Quoting Gen. Stonewall Jackson, Ike once advised, “Always surprise, mystify and mislead the enemy.” He employed this formula to end the Korean War and prevent a war over Taiwan.

JFK and Khrushchev negotiated a way around World War III, thanks to shadows and back-channel diplomacy.

Reagan won the Cold War by waging an economic, intelligence, technological and propaganda war against the Soviet state—largely in the shadows.

To be sure, we know about these episodes today—and can learn from them—because secret records, cables and diaries have been declassified. But if they had been revealed in real-time—or if the principals thought what they were saying, doing and promising would be exposed in short order—history would be very different.

In short, some things need to be classified. And it’s not Bradley Manning’s or Julian Assange’s responsibility or right to determine what to declassify.

Tellingly, this war on secrecy waged by Manning, Assange and WikiLeaks is one-sided. They’ve aired the military strategy, diplomatic planning and dirty laundry of America and its allies—but not that of America’s enemies. There is no Iranian, North Korean, Taliban or al Qaeda equivalent to WikiLeaks. And whereas much of the Western world tolerates and some even applaud people like Assange and Manning, the Russian and Chinese governments simply erase people who expose their secrets.

In other words, WikiLeaks, whether unintentionally or purposely, puts the United States and its allies at a disadvantage. Some will say this has always been true of democratic governments vis-à-vis their dictatorial foes. But timing is everything. And WikiLeaks is shrinking the amount of time between policy formation, policy execution and public airing—and thus shrinking the shadows where American foreign and defense policy can work.

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  • UCSPanther

    In another time, Manning would be facing the same fate as the Rosenburgs…

    • beez

      And rightly so.

    • Guest

      I wouldn't be surprised if he gets a presidential pardon in 2016.

      • JacksonPearson

        Obama's gay, so that wouldn't be surprising!

        • Yacub

          I don't know that.

          But if Reverend right was running a dating service and matching up gay men with women so they could keep down low, then I absolutely believe that.

          I wish Larry Sinclair had a corroborating witness. But maybe Larry coming out & making the allegation saved his life. He is too much of a public figure to take out. So many men have died at Reverend Wright's church. Chicago has a high murder rate. But not that high. the three men that attended his church in an 18 month period is statistically significant.

          • JacksonPearson

            Pvt. Manning, supposedly admitted in his defense pleading that he's openly gay, and that's one reason that led to his leaking government docs. His defense is very weak and flimsy.

            On Obama being gay. Articles and documents are out, and on the web indicating that Obama was very active in, and a member of an old gay, private bathhouse in Chicago. It's claimed that most gays in the area know this, but the MSM won't go there. The gay murders connected with Rev. Wright's church are also out on the web. I understand, that the DOJ know all about that too, but won't go there either.

            Article: http://www.wnd.com/2012/09/claim-obama-hid-gay-li

          • Yacub

            It is a recent article.

            I suppose a person could go to those gay watering holes & ask. Unless there are pictures I don't know what that would prove to the general public.

            I read the part about older white men. I assume if true that Obama enjoyed this because they had white guilt & they serviced him.

            I view being gay as confusion at best, hedonism much of the time, and a psychological problem a good part of the time.

          • JacksonPearson

            I don't know if it was all old white men or not. He and Rahm Emanual are suppose to be life time members in that particular old Chicago Bathhouse that the article was referring to.

            There's a controversial picture of Obama and a Pakistani college friend out on the web, of when he made his early trip to Pakistan together. The pic show them sitting on a couch, and possibly holding hands. Now I've blown the pic up, and zoomed in and it's a 50-50, true or false, close call. However, IMO, there's enough scattered smoke and chatter on this issue to have flame. Obama and the white would have been all over this in denial, but so far…there's more silence than the usual counterattacking,

          • Yacub

            One last thing from me

            I was reading Joe my God at blogspot .com

            I remember a comment from someone about having sex in the showers at a Health Club in Toronto. He name it & it was on the north side & fairly large. It was not a "known" gay club or with a predominantly gay customer base.

            So just because Obama was not a member of a club that is not known to be gay does not mean anything.

            There is a lot of smoke, too much smoke.

          • JacksonPearson

            In spite and despite of all of his covering up and web scrubbing, a ton have leaked out on him. Given some time, I believe there's going be some big jaw droppers.

  • Ali

    "Quoting Gen. Stonewall Jackson, Ike once advised, “Always surprise, mystify and mislead the enemy.”"

    Yes, and Mohammad (PBUH) stating: "War is deceit." Then he brought peace to the Middle East.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "Yes, and Mohammad (PBUH) stating: "War is deceit." Then he brought peace to the Middle East."

      Secrets are not deceptions. Mohammed brought murder, mayhem and satanic evil to the world for nearly 14 centuries.

    • JacksonPearson

      "Yes, and Mohammad (PBUH) stating: "War is deceit." Then he brought peace to the Middle East"
      When Ali? Before, or after Allah Muhammad signed the "Pledge at Aqaba"?

      Psst, come Ali, you can tell me all about how much peace and goodwill Muhammad have spread, and swear on a Bible, I won't tell anyone?

    • Lan Astaslem

      mohammed's a pig

      • Drakken

        Hey now! Your going to hurt the poor feelings of pigs! ;)

    • http://twitter.com/RobHoey @RobHoey

      yeah, Mohammad brought peace by killing infidels until there was peace. Read your Hadith. He told Omar to lie to the person he was to kill in order to be able to carry out the dastardly deed. Mo was also responsible for orchestrating the slaughter of 600 to 900 Jews af the Qurayish tribe, but Muslims don't consider Jews anything more than pigs, as the koran says. Islam is the religion of peace like a nuclear war quiets things down

    • Pontotoc Bill

      The only peace that MooHammed brought the Middle East was the peace of death.

      MooHammed was a murderer, rapist, thief, pedophile, and numerous other criminal perversions.

      Face it Ali, Islam is a demonic religion of Satan.

  • Richard

    Did none of his superiors see this coming?
    This is what happens when you hire a mixed up kid who grew up neglected by his parents, friendless and bullied by his peers at school, sexually confused and socially inept.
    Manning failed at everything in his life up until he joined the military where he was again picked on and bullied mercilessly and very nearly was kicked out for not being able to hack basic training.
    Some idiot decided to put him in an intelligence unit while at the same he mixed with the hacking community and anti-war radicals and was considering gender reassignment.
    Despite all this this loon had access to highly sensitive intelligence!
    Manning obviously has a persecution complex.
    The military probably represents all the bullies who have picked on him since childhood and leaking was his way of hitting back, having control and feeling powerful for the first time in his life.
    Manning probably sees himself as a latter day Sophie Scholl or Claus Von Stauffenberg and millions of impressionable hopelessly naive young people who have been led to believe that American wars in Afghanistan and Iraq are indistinguishable from what the Nazis did in WW2 have turned him into their poster boy.
    This is what you get for having inept clowns in the military who couldn't see that Manning was trouble.
    Locking Manning away in a deep dark hole is literally locking the gate after the horse has bolted.

    • Roger Dewhurst

      A fair analysis.

    • Tupac

      " This is what happens when you hire a mixed up kid who grew up neglected by his parents,"

      The boss told the newspaper he felt that "nobody’s been taking care of this kid for a really long time."[16]
      - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bradley_Manning

      "Manning was by then living as a gay man, which his father accepted"

      "His mother arranged for him to live with his father's sister, Debra, a lawyer in Potomac, Maryland. Nicks writes that the 15 months he spent with his aunt were among the most stable of his life. He had a boyfriend, took several low-paid jobs, and spent a semester studying history and English at Montgomery College, though he left after failing an exam"

      I believe a reason maybe the stress of discrimination lowered his IQ. I really believe this. It also leads to drugs & alcoholism. He was stable during his time with his aunt but a lot of damage had been done.

      There is the quote he was Small for his age. Yes and too often people act like Animals (Lord of the Flies). You are small or weak & therefore picked on. How many people are small or weak & then picked on & then become gay? The Homosexual community does not want to go there. Yet they maybe right. We may never get rid of homosexuality, because we make them. Yes we might make them, but not by breeding, but by being freaking animals.

      I feel sorry for him. Yes, I do. …. I would still throw the switch.

      Addendum

      he called himself “emotionally fractured” and a “wreck” and said he was “self-medicating like crazy.”
      http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/09/us/09manning.ht

      How much is this from being gay & how much from ostracism?

    • Tupac

      "Also in November, Manning wrote to a gender counselor in the United States, said he felt female, and discussed having sex reassignment surgery

      Manning was small for his age – as an adult, he reached 5 ft 2 in (1.57 m) and weighed 105 lb (47.6 kg) "
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bradley_Manning

      Let me guess he was a bottom.

      People can be terrible. Straights & gays. Gays then replicate this & assign people as tops or bottoms based on their cultural stereotypes.

      Is homosexuality a mental disorder? It would seem so.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "This is what happens when you hire a mixed up kid who grew up neglected by his parents, friendless and bullied by his peers at school, sexually confused and socially inept."

      Everyone deserves an equal chance for equal results and he's a freedom fighter. Another hero / victim according to leftists.

      "Some idiot decided to put him in an intelligence unit while at the same he mixed with the hacking community and anti-war radicals and was considering gender reassignment. "

      Because we're "post gender" now and none of that matters to anything. Except for the fact that his confusion drove him crazy, what's the problem?

      "This is what you get for having inept clowns in the military who couldn't see that Manning was trouble."

      But the military is one of the places the left uses for jobs for idiots. Clowns need jobs too.

  • pierce

    Will Manning be sentenced to hard labor on the rock pile in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas?
    If not, well he should be. It is unpardonable to be a traitor, and think what you want, he was and is a traitor.
    We are raising a nation of wimps, not all, but certainly quite a few, and they are being allowed to get away with treasonous acts such as Manning's.
    Either the rock pile, or throw the key away.

    • Drakken

      A traitor deserves neither sympathy nor empathy but the gallows.

  • Brujo Blanco

    What sets me off are the people that see him as a hero. I have been in the system for a while and there are a good number of people that see all secrecy and intelligence type activity as evil. In fact during Desert Storm there were those in the media that wanted the battle plans in advance of the battle.

  • IMHomo

    Locking him up forever won't be much punishment since he is a homosexual. The idea of life behind bars with nothing but men must seem like hitting the lottery to Manning. Bend him over. Bullet. Back of head. End of story.

    • Drakken

      Traitors deserve no firing squad, they deserve the gallows, let him swing.

  • Billy Corr

    We know more about official lies thanks to him.

    Can ANYONE defend that helicopter ttack?

    • Cassandra

      we need more Mannings to expose the lies. I he is regarded as a traitor what about all the traitors in the government and what about the biggest of them OBAMA. You do not deserve minus.

      • objectivefactsmatter

        "we need more Mannings to expose the lies."

        He exposed the USA's communications almost indiscriminately. It served nobody's interest other than anarchists and those that benefit from chaos. He acted out for emotional reasons and created the patriot angle after the decision had been made.

        What lies did he expose?

        "I he is regarded as a traitor what about all the traitors in the government and what about the biggest of them OBAMA."

        0'Bama has not been caught (arrested and charged) yet and Manning has. That's the only difference. That and 0'Bama has the reach to cause a lot more damage.

    • Larry

      Watching ALL the video footage does that very nicely.

      • objectivefactsmatter

        "Watching ALL the video footage does that very nicely."

        But no nation has any right to wage war until it can prove it will never make any mistakes as defined by leftists.

    • Billy Correct1

      I would not rely on you to defend a group we were part of.

      Therefore your reasoning is suspect.

      I saw the video. If you had had your bu tt on the ground patrolling at night or in a building in that area at night you would not be so blaise, blaise, stoopid.

      • Drakken

        Well the press doesn't get a pass for being with the enemy Sparky. Lesson to the press, if you hang out with Hadji, expect to get shot for your effort.

        • objectivefactsmatter

          "Lesson to the press, if you hang out with Hadji, expect to get shot for your effort."

          If only they'd all get that lesson. What in the hell do they expect? They must mutter "human shield" a lot when they talk to each other.

          • Drakken

            You would be amazed at the stupid sh*t the press does in a war zone, and they expect to be spared when hanging with hadji when hadji is shooting RPG's at you, they thought that by having TV on their blue body armor it would save them. I used to tell them that if you go with them, go with god (vio condios) and laugh at them.

    • Yacub

      “Well it’s their fault for bringing their kids into a battle,” one of the fliers says.

      Night after night, Al Qaeda, Al-Muqtadir militia & other militia are waging hit & run attacks.

      And you bring children with you are midnight?

      I have seen gun camera footage women & children being shot in German by U.S. fighter planes. The women had been forced to carry ammo carried in horse drawn carts.

      Did you complain about that?

      "1945 Strafing Farmers in Horse Drawn Vehicles" http://www.scoopweb.com/Horse_Drawn_Vehicle

      I have seen documentaries where pilots have talked about this.

      If women & children are forced to move war supplies, will you hold fire.
      If you hold fire, will you tell the frontline grunt that he is to expect higher casualties and to get over it.
      Would you volunteer to replace that grunt.

      Have you considered any of this?

      • objectivefactsmatter

        "Have you considered any of this?"

        It's called total war. The jihadis are engaged in total war (since the 7th century unless you don't count hudnas as war time). We're expected to have higher standards in war zones than municipal police do while on their beat.

        What kind of sanity is this? It's left-sanity.

    • Billy Correct1

      Billy Corr

      Watch the History Channel Documentary "Thunderbolt , Conquest of the Reich!"

      I believe that is the one where they are shooting up horse carts. Some of those horse carts blow up from the ammo they are carrying.

      Subterfuge & taqiya are practiced in war every day.

      -The British placed war supplies on passenger ship sailing from New York City to Britain during WW1
      - The German Authorities force civilians to carry war supplies on farm carts & put some hay over it.
      - The incredibly stupid Van driver brought his kids to a battlefield.

    • Drakken

      Can anyone defend that chopper attack? Oh I can in spades.

  • slider 96

    Manning is in fact subject to the death penalty for treason .Assange if extradited should be subject to whatever US law provides . This incident also brings into question how security clearences are issued and to whom .And in this case ,as in many others , including the infamous Rosenbergs , there are and have been those who support and/or approve of such traitors .They are a meaningless minority ,
    Since Mannig is subject to UCMJ and Court Marshall , his sentence shall be determined by the U.S. Miltary Judges presiding over Mannings Court Marshall .

    • Knucklehead

      Unfortunately, I doubt anybody in the military today has the cojones to give Manning a well-deserved death penalty and execution.

      • slider 96

        I wouldn't be to sure .That info cost lives of which Manning is directly responsible just as Assange .

  • cxt

    The other thing that really gets me about Mannign and people like him is the arrogance.

    he and those like him are so utterly convienced (sp) that they are soooooo much smarter than everyone else that the rules don't apply to them–in Mannings case the very real danger he put OTHER people's fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, children etc. in was irrevelent to him–indeed nothign I have read so far indicats that he so much as wondered if his acts "might" be harmful. And if did he decided that HIS worldview was more important than other peoples LIVES.

    Unreal and scary and tragic. Unreal and scary about such a worldview as Manning and his ilk have. Tragic for everyone around them.

    • toyotabedzrock

      "nothign I have read so far indicats that he so much as wondered if his acts "might" be harmful" Because you only read what this blog tells you to read?

      By the way he did not release everything, he actually read threw them to make sure people where not harmed.

      Remind us how many people died in Iraq again?

  • Questions

    It's not just the Left who venerates Pfc. Manning. For the last couple years, the Ron Paul/Old Right pundits at http://www.lewrockwell.com have called a him a true American anti-government patriot. There was an article just the other day in that vein on that website.

  • Omar

    Bradley Manning is a traitor to America, a traitor to democracy and a supporter of Marxist Stalinism/Maoism, Islamist jihadism, totalitarianism and terrorism. The left supports him because he is anti-American and pro-Communist and pro-Islamist. Contrast the way the left treats Bradley Manning with the way the same left treated Gen. Arnaldo Ochoa of Cuba. Ochoa was a high-ranking Cuban military officer who was betrayed and murdered by his own government over phony charges of "drug trafficking" (the charges are hypocritical considering the fact that the Castro regime supports many drug-trafficking groups in the Western Hemisphere including the Marxist terrorist group FARC in Colombia). The Castro regime forced Ochoa to confess to the drug trafficking hoax because he was popular among many members of the Cuban military. Even though we do not agree with Ochoa's ideology nor his allegiance, we ought to feel sorry for him because he was betrayed and murdered by the very regime he represented in times of war. Even many Castro supporters in Cuba were shocked over how the dictatorship treated Ochoa. The Arnaldo Ochoa case is one of many instances where the Castro dictatorship has shown its true evil totalitarian colors. That dictatorship is guilty of massive human rights violations committed in Cuba and abroad since 1959. It is time to free Cuba from the Castro dictatorship!

    • Drakken

      Ole Ochoa chose his fate the day he signed up to support Castro. No sympathy here.

  • Ar'nun

    I say we drop Manning and Assange off in the middle of one of the countries he caused our troops the most trouble.

  • crackerjack

    Were Manning Chinese or Russian and being punished for revealing Chinese or Russian confidential, the West’s “human rights”, “values” and “freedom of speech” orchestra would by now be in full indignation swing under the direction of US Republican hopefulls.

    • Mike Giles

      Are you actually having that much trouble figuring out why we support those people selling their countries out for us, while we're against out people selling our country out for them. Perhaps it doesn't jive with your sense of fair play, or maybe it's just that you're flat out stupid.

      • crackerjack

        I'll remember your comment next time FRONTPAGE goes down lamentation avenue concerning some Chinese , Russian or Iranian "Dissident".

        • SCREW SOCIALISM

          Tell it to your pal hugo chavez – personally.

        • objectivefactsmatter

          "I'll remember your comment next time FRONTPAGE goes down lamentation avenue concerning some Chinese , Russian or Iranian "Dissident"."

          Moral equivalence fallacy.

    • Drakken

      Typical leftard, support anything Anti-American and turn the facts around to suit your own leftist agenda, get bent, Manning deserves the gallows and if you support him you deserve the same fate.

    • Omar

      The difference is that America and its allies like Britain and Israel are beacons for democracy. Russia and China are just corrupt regimes that support oppression and totalitarianism. I say that we should help the Russian people overthrow Putin's government, establish a pro-Western government in Moscow that would support the West in all conflicts, meet all of the West's demands and outlaw the United Russia Party and all other far-left parties in Russia. As for China, when it gets democratized one day, outlaw the Communist Party. crackerjack, you happen to support the Stalinists, Maoists and Islamists who want to destroy our democracy and other democracies around the world. If this were the American Revolution, you probably would have supported the British. That's how much you hate America.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "Were Manning Chinese or Russian and being punished for revealing Chinese or Russian confidential, the West's "human rights", "values" and "freedom of speech" orchestra would by now be in full indignation swing under the direction of US Republican hopefulls."

      Correct. That's because we want to win. This surprises you. It's almost funny.

  • Laurie

    Oh, how I wish the commander in chief had taken his job seriously when Manning's treachery was discovered. Yes, the troubled young man should be arrested and punished. But he should never have had the kind of access he had, as an unproven young soldier. Every superior over him, right up the chain to the joint chiefs of staff, should have been called to the White house and embarrassed. THAT would have improved the system. In a sense, he did not act alone.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "Every superior over him, right up the chain to the joint chiefs of staff, should have been called to the White house and embarrassed. THAT would have improved the system. In a sense, he did not act alone."

      0'Bama is still leading from behind on every issue, waiting for weather reports. In the end it is possible 0 will pardon the little traitor.

  • Gary

    You shouldn't show Manning in an American Army uniform. He doesn't deserve to wear it. He's a narcissistic little traitor. He should be wearing an orange prison jumpsuit.

  • Drakken

    Smug traitorous basta*d deserves a trip to the gallows, let him hang around for awhile.

    • UCSPanther

      The British had a nastier punishment for traitors in the olden days: Hanging, drawing and quartering.

      • Drakken

        You are correct Panther ! Would be nice to bring a few old habits of the old days.

  • slider 96

    Well while everyone dilly dallys around until this bums trial , the Militry SHOULD look into the chain of command starting from Mannings 1 st C.O.and right up the ladder and find out WHO dropped the ball here . There were warnings signs in attitude , just as with that P.O.S. at Ft.Hood , warning signs and action that would indicate security risks .
    Someones head or heads should roll in both those cases , for neither of these two acts of treason were precipitated in a vacuum .
    Thayt however may be asking for too much , since NO ONE'S head rolled after 9/11 ,and that was rife with the same derelection of duty that lead to disaster . Manning was not a systems Admniistrator therefore such huge downloads should have been monitored detected and prevented . This info was not hacked , and due to the ease ,that someone in our own military with bad intentions , could do this damage , is indicative of an internal security system that is BROKEN , or one which is run by INCOMPETENCE .

    • objectivefactsmatter

      Well while everyone dilly dallys around until this bums trial , the Militry SHOULD look into the chain of command starting from Mannings 1 st C.O.and right up the ladder and find out WHO dropped the ball here . There were warnings signs in attitude , just as with that P.O.S. at Ft.Hood , warning signs and action that would indicate security risks .
      Someones head or heads should roll in both those cases , for neither of these two acts of treason were precipitated in a vacuum ."

      But doing THAT would create the impression that being gay is a problem. We can't tolerate that. We must sweep the whole thing under a rug and consider him an idealist. We can't tolerate any narrative to be propagated that might allow the questioning of any leftist dogmas. They might start screening candidates again. We can't have that. We can't have a military that would turn in to some killing machine. That's what caused all of the problems in world history since the dinosaurs; arrogant US military power.

  • Omar

    Bradley Manning needs to be sent to Guantanamo Bay and serve a very long prison sentence there for his treason against America and the American people. In fact, Putin, Assad, Mugabe, Kim Jong Un, the Castro brothers and other despotic tyrants need to be sent to Gitmo and serve long term prison sentences for supporting totalitarianism and anti-Americanism. Those tyrants need to be taught a lesson.

  • Ghostwriter

    I can't defend Bradley Manning. He's a jerk who deserves his jail sentence,whatever it is.

  • tagalog

    I'm all for openness in government; that's why I was amazed at Nancy Pelosi telling Congress that they had to sign the Obamacare bill in order to see what's in it.

  • Jim_C

    Manning is indefensible and deserves punishment, perhaps even a traitor's punishment. Now, I don't think most of what we are doing militarily over there was necessary or prudent, and I think the war in Iraq, in particular, was duplicitously sold and thus certainly no platform for moral posturing just because on the continuum, our gov't is more moral than Saddam's. That's ain't really much to brag about.

    The whole thing reeks of phoniness. We HAD the moral high ground in WWII–and we've been trying ever since to mythologize our way back to that high ground to justify actions that are, at best, only arguably related to national security. What we, who have become soft and dishonest with ourselves, seem to fail to realize is that in war, bad things happen. In WWII, bad things happened A LOT.

    What Manning "revealed" is no real revelation. Bad stuff happens in war! So what he has done is really treachery. The questions the press ask of both the Bush and Obama adminstrations are often ridiculous and dangerously stupid. And they never seem to ask the RIGHT questions. THAT is what sickens me. We have become ridiculous.

  • toyotabedzrock

    I suggest you drop dead.