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View Diary: ‘You Failed to Break the Spirit of Bradley Manning’: An Open Letter to President Obama (217 comments)

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  •  That's my read. (6+ / 0-)

    Manning was inadvertently set up to fail.

    The hierarchy knew he was deeply troubled. They put their needs ahead of his actual wellbeing.

    I see many shades of gray in this case. I think everyone did what they thought was right for the country  at the time.

    I think everyone chose wrong.

    And as usual, only the little guy will pay the price. I'm tired of our service members being thrown into situations beyond what they can handle. But their commanding officers, truth be told, are often just as overwhelmed and stressed.

    Accountability lies higher than most citizens want to admit. An acquaintance  was droning on and on to me about Manning and how he risked so many lives.. His congressman is the biggest hawk I know, and this guy always votes GOP.

    Uh-huh. I said. You and your Congressman are why we're sending vulnerable men and women into war in the first place.

    It's a mess.

    © grover


    So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

    by grover on Thu Aug 22, 2013 at 10:58:00 AM PDT

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    •  Good Point (5+ / 0-)

      Any higher-ups suffer for their failure to exercise command in the Manning case?

      •  No. They never do. (5+ / 0-)

        I'd like, just once, for people like Duncan Hunter, John McCain, and Darrell Issa to have to answer for why keep sending people to war when we have more broken bodies and souls than we can manage, much less fix right now.

        The four and three star guys can answer in their places. But ultimately they're carrying out orders too.

        We put people like Manning and Sgt Bales in places they NEVER should be ; then we blame them all to hell when things go catastrophically wrong. And we blame them exclusively.

        Do these men need to account for what they did? Of course they do. Am I comparing what Manning did with Bales' actions? No. Of course not.   If anyone was harmed or killed because of Manning's disclosures, we'll never know. But likely, the harm wasn't as heinous as what Bales did. And Manning wasnt the one holding the gun.

        But dang,  I'm just tired of this country not taking care of men and women that we broke (or never should have signed) in the first place.

        Accountability is a great word when you're pointing your finger at others, you know?

        © grover


        So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

        by grover on Thu Aug 22, 2013 at 11:54:42 AM PDT

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