May 17, 2017
There are two men in the news today: one who is accused of sharing new intelligence with world leaders that might stop terrorists and another who risked countless lives by leaking America's top secrets to terrorists. Can you guess which one's being criticized? Donald Trump! Welcome to the backward thinking of the liberal media. The president is being torched for sharing information about terrorists with our allies in the fight against ISIS, while Chelsea Manning is celebrated for leaking classified information about our allies to terrorists!
The former Army intelligence agent, convicted in 2013 on more than 20 counts and six espionage violations, was freed from prison 28 years early today -- thanks to an eleventh-hour pardon by President Obama. "For the first time, I can see a future for myself as Chelsea," the transgender activist said last week. "I can imagine surviving and living as the person who I am and can finally be in the outside world." To the cheers of the Left, who continue to hold Manning up as some sort of hero, the publisher of more than 750,000 U.S. secrets left Fort Leavenworth in the early morning hours, tweeting a photo of his first steps away from base.
To so many patriots, it was a shameful snapshot of Obama's legacy. FRC's Lt. General Jerry Boykin (USA-Ret.) could only shake his head. "Bradley Manning's actions were the actions of a traitor. He was sentenced to 35 years and he deserved 35 years given the amount of intelligence that he leaked to WikiLeaks. No one can calculate the damage that was done by his actions. We don't know how many people have been put in jeopardy or have lost their lives or been incarcerated as a result of the leaks that Bradley Manning is responsible for. I think it was a miscarriage of justice for the president to allow him to leave incarceration after seven years rather than serving the full 35 that he deserved."
A coward who gave away deadly information by the truckload, Manning is living proof of the last administration's disdain for the military. Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.), who was tortured as a prisoner of war in Vietnam for years without breaking, could only shake his head in disgust. "It is a sad, yet perhaps fitting commentary on President Obama's failed national security policies that he would commute the sentence of an individual that endangered the lives of American troops, diplomats, and intelligence sources..."
Now, to the disgust of most Americans, Manning is not only being released but rewarded. Earlier this week, Army officials confirmed that he would remain on active duty in a "special, unpaid status that will entitle [him] to taxpayer-funded medical care." Of course, Manning had already managed to put taxpayers on the hook for his expensive gender transition. Wounded veterans were literally dying for medical attention while the last administration financed its agenda of gender anarchy. That was the Obama military: distinguished veterans die while dishonorable traitors get sex changes.
For now, Manning is hoping to settle somewhere in Maryland with the more than $150,000 raised by supporters for his living expenses. Then, there's the matter of his military court conviction which is being appealed. If he loses that case, Manning could still be dishonorably discharged -- a small price to pay for his heinous crimes against America.
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.