Obama has commuted Bradley Manning’s sentence for treason and that says all you need to know about Obama.
In 2013, Manning – a former intelligence analyst in Iraq – was given a 35-year prison sentence after a military court conviction of providing more than 700,000 documents, videos, diplomatic cables and battlefield accounts to the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks. The case ranked as the biggest breach of classified materials in U.S. history.
Bradley, AKA Chelsea is a seriously weird traitor and I hope that Trump can reverse the commutation and put him/her back behind bars.
The whole episode has made a mockery of the Defence and Intelligence people who, while they try and defend the country, their leader tries to bring it down.
Presidential pardons are hardly a novelty.
Remember Lieutenant William Calley?
President Richard Nixon commuted his sentence through presidential clemency, and Calley was released.
It was the military prosecution’s contention that Calley, in defiance of the rules of engagement, ordered his men to deliberately murder unarmed Vietnamese civilians even though his men were not under enemy fire at all.
Around 500 Vietnamese (mostly women and children) were killed.
What do you reckon that pardon did to the reputation of the US military?
Some serving soldiers didn’t think much of it.
Colonel Harry G. Summers Jr. declared that Calley and Medina should have been hanged, drawn, and quartered, with their remains placed “at the gates of Fort Benning, at the Infantry School, as a reminder to those who pass under it of what an infantry officer ought to be.”
Lot’s of bad guys have been pardoned over the years. This post is about one who was a traitor – got any comments about him?
There’s no way that I’d defend Manning – but that’s not what your post is about.
It’s about discrediting Obama.
If releasing a mass murderer who killed civilians whilst a commissioned officer is not making a mockery of Defence and Intelligence, I’m buggered if I know what is.
Obama’s legacy is his approval rating at the end of his second term of office, higher than all preceding POTUS except Clinton, Reagan and Eisenhower – https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/01/18/obama-climbs-to-60-percent-approval-in-final-presidential-approval-rating-post-abc-poll-finds/?utm_term=.999d478cf068
Trump, on the other hand, has the lowest incoming approval rating of the last seven chief executives – http://www.seattlepi.com/local/politics/article/Trump-sets-new-low-inaugural-approval-rating-10880742.php
God help the USA.
Manning’s release is indefensible ergo Obama’s actions are indefensible and they are not sanitized by the fact that previously someone did something.
The commutation was yet another last minute action by Obama the disgruntled tenant. I wonder if also pissed on the carpet.
The Pope met Trump on his yacht and his hat blew off into the water. Trump walked on the water, picked up the hat and returned it to the Pope who was amazed. 1735099 said “Trump can’t swim”.