Princess Bradley Manning
Does a man who directly put the lives of our troops in danger, deserve whatever he wants? Well, according to Obama, yes. Bradley Manning (I will not call him Chelsea.) leaked our United States secrets to the enemy. He was acquitted of his charge for aiding the enemy. His convictions consisted of espionage, computer fraud, theft, among many other charges. From 2009 to 2010, Manning had leaked classified war logs and diplomatic cables (hundreds of thousands of classified information). Other classified information that Manning leaked included military tactics, Osama bin Laden even received a few of these documents that were published on WikiLeaks. Julian Assange is at fault here too, Manning claims Assange gave him guidance on what documents to leak. (Assange is currently in London at the Ecuadorian Embassy) (http://www.newshub.co.nz/world/us-v-bradley-manning–case-summary-2013082112) Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison. Being as how he is a boy he was sent to an all-male Army prison, this made him upset (not sure why anyone cares) because he wants to play pretend and be a girl. The New York Times has a ludicrous article all about how we should feel bad for Manning. (#NO) The New York Times wrote “The decision by Mr. Obama rescued Ms. Manning, who twice tried to kill herself last year, from an uncertain future as a transgender woman incarcerated at the men’s military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. She has been jailed for nearly seven years…”(https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/17/us/politics/obama-commutes-bulk-of-chelsea-mannings-sentence.html) I really do not care that a criminal who put our soldiers at risk had a bad time in prison. I really don’t. If someone can’t handle prison, they maybe should have thought about that before they leaked hundreds of thousands of classified information. The Los Angeles Times also has a piece up about Manning, writing “The earlier release is more than justified by sympathy for Manning’s medical issues and the difficulty the military is having addressing them as long as she is a prisoner. Those who would oppose Obama’s act of clemency are straining the quality of mercy.” (http://www.latimes.com/opinion/opinion-la/la-ol-obama-manning-20170117-story.html) Again, I have absolutly no sympathy towards this man. None, I’m not sure why anyone would have sympathy for a man who knowingly put our country at great risk. Before, taxpayers were the ones who would have to pay for Manning to play dress up and pretend to be a girl, since he is being commuted, I’m not sure if we still have to pay for this surgery. I would much rather have my tax dollars spent on the veterans of the US. Veteran suicide rates are at an incredible high, studies show that 20 veterans commit suicide each day. (http://www.militarytimes.com/story/veterans/2016/07/07/va-suicide-20-daily-research/86788332/)
Those are the people we should be helping, those are the people we should have sympathy for. They fought for everyone, they didn’t give out secrets to make a name for themselves. These heroes don’t have to make a name for themselves.