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  •  no (0+ / 0-)

    its the difference between my personal feeling for someone who would betray his country and his fellow soldiers and my professional obligations.  And there is a big difference between harming someone and providing the means for them to harm themselves.

    It is well that war is so terrible -- lest we should grow too fond of it. Robert E. Lee

    by ksuwildkat on Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 08:52:32 PM PST

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    •  Rigid thinking (1+ / 0-)
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      Whistle-blowing isn't exactly what comes to mind when one hears the phrase "betray his country and his fellow soldiers."  It's very distinct from the sort of brazen treachery that should inspire contempt in a reasonable person.  

      •  Don't insult whistle blowers (0+ / 0-)

        PFC Manning had multiple avenues to report any bad acts and not compromise classified information.  In fact, because of his access to sensitive information he had MORE ways than the average soldier.  He passed on all of them.

        What he did he did for revenge and a need for attention.  Nothing more, nothing less.  

        It is well that war is so terrible -- lest we should grow too fond of it. Robert E. Lee

        by ksuwildkat on Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 09:35:25 PM PST

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        •  There is a cloud of (0+ / 0-)

          emotion interfering with your judgment.  When one ascertains, as BM appeared to do, that one's employer is in fact nefarious, it goes without saying that the channels for whistle-blowing operated by that same employer will not lead to resolution.  And I've never seen anything to suggest "revenge" as a motivation for the disclosure.  Revenge against whom?  For what?  

          Honestly, your need for a punching bag is so controlling here that you're simply making things up to justify your feelings.  

    •  Betrayal. Yeah, right. Like gwb, cheney didn't (0+ / 0-)

      And Manning did.  

      You got it exactly upside down.

       We have a military beating the bushes looking for projects, missions, anything to justify hundreds of billions flowing to the well connected, the same ones offering sinecures to retired professional military in an incestuous closed loop of a decaying economic system. We all pay, we will all bleed, we will all pay dearly for outsourcing citizenship and waiving our duty to do informed decision making.

      Bradley did something audacious and heroic. He simply revealed, like Abu Gharib, something the powers that be wanted to be kept away from oversight, from the public.

      For that the tools, and loyal followers of various power centers and the self serving want him dead, or silenced permanently, or both.  They always show up to do the death dance on his grave.  Except he isn't buried yet and the story won't go away.

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