Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Yet, jumping I'm not.
I didn't even mutter or think "oh, good".
I am torn on what Manning did as being admirable or whistleblower as opposed to treasonous. The reality it, war is a dirty business (yes, a business). It's not pretty, it's not fair - and the reality is, Manning couldn't possibly know what she released may have had bigger implications than she could possibly fathom.
I agree with Obama that Manning's sentence was excessive.
And while I seemingly gravitate towards the queer blogs, the people who are / were for Manning's leniency always brought up the transgender aspect. As if that was some kind of a free pass or a special accommodation for the circumstances for which she was charged.
That's where my bleeding heart stops pumping.
If we - as queer folk - want equal rights and not special rights, it goes with all the territory, though I don't think her sexual identity was the reason for her excessive sentence.
There is also that Julian Assange connection. That guy is a creep of creeps - who may or may not have truly contributed to the 2016 election. So that's still unforgivable. Assange did say he'd waive extradition if Obama pardoned Manning. I bet commuting the sentence does not count and he'll live forever in the Venezuelan embassy.
It seems my views have not changed a lot in the last 3.5 years.
Am I glad Manning is getting out early? Yes, but due to harsh sentencing. Do I think she should have never been in prison in the first place? I'm going with a 'no' on that one.
There is Dump Talk about rescinding Obama's commutation, but we'll see. This "man" has such big fish to fry - this seems piddly. But the "man" is all about piddly. He has no vision on those bigger issues.
Song by: Judy Collins