This week marks President Obama’s last few days in office and already he’s acting like an exasperated renter who just got evicted from his property, determined to completely trash the place before he has to leave. He’s made it clear that he intends to do everything within his power to not only insult the defense and intelligence communities, but to further advance progressive ideological agendas as well. Of course, this shouldn’t be all that surprising. It’s not exactly a secret that Obama hates the intelligence community or that he’s a radical ideologue. If you haven’t figured that out over the last eight years, I really just can’t help you.
What is bewildering, though, is the Left’s recently absurd hypocrisy in regards to WikiLeaks. Over the last several months, Democrats in Washington and liberal pundits across cable news have been throwing temper tantrums and running to their safe spaces, screaming that WikiLeaks is poised to overthrow America, they’re in league with Vladimir Putin, they sabotaged the entire election and they’re possibly involved in plotting the assassination of Barney the Dinosaur or the entire cast of “Paw Patrol.”
WikiLeaks is the Devil, or so we’re told.
And yet — in the midst of all this ranting, raving and lecturing — Obama has now decided to commute the sentence of a dude who strolled into a war zone, stole loads of classified intelligence information and then handed it over to WikiLeaks on a silver platter. To be clear: It’s not like Bradley Manning leaked internal communications about what Lindsey Graham orders at Taco Bell or how often Obama listens to Kanye West songs on his iPod. We’re talking about the full disclosure of about 700,000 classified and unclassified, yet highly sensitive, military and diplomatic documents — the largest dump of military secrets in our nation’s history. We’re talking about Afghan and Iraq war logs, Guantanamo files and various embassy cables. We’re talking about jeopardizing national security and putting millions of American lives in danger. It was serious enough for Manning to be charged with violation of the Espionage Act, theft of government property, violation of The Computer Fraud & Abuse Act and multiple counts of disobeying orders. Moreover, he was barely let off the hook on the charge of “aiding the enemy” (which would’ve been Al Qaeda at the time), a conviction that could have easily led to his execution under the regulations of the Espionage Act.
Instead, he was sentenced to 35 years in prison at the maximum security U.S. Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, with his legal team arguing that Manning's actions were simply a result of his “confusion” about his sexual identity. And now, thanks to Obama, he’ll be released next May, having only served seven years total.
But, why? Why, after all the preaching about WikiLeaks, would Obama and his Democratic ilk even remotely consider letting this guy go free? The answer is pretty simple: Because Bradley Manning decided to live the rest of his life pretending to be a woman named Chelsea. That’s really all there is to it. That’s all it takes to turn a convicted, traitorous spy into a cultural hero overnight: just a little eyeshadow, some blonde hair, a dress and a nice pair of heels. Literally, all he had to do was “come out” as “transgendered” and the Left immediately erupted into fits of hysterical celebration, applauding his courage and bending over backwards to feed his sexual delusions. They allowed him to wear female prison undergarments, granted him access to speech therapy that would feminize his voice and even started him on cross-sex hormone therapy treatments — all on the dime of Mr. and Mrs. John Q. Taxpayer.
And now, to top it all off, they’ll give him a get-out-of-jail-free card. Suddenly, all the laws about treason and espionage are suspended — practically tossed out the window — because Manning wants to pretend that he’s a woman. Of course, Obama and the White House will argue that it’s all being done in an attempt to show that the United States is a “forgiving nation, where hard work and a commitment to rehabilitation can lead to a second chance.” But, what has Manning done? Where's the evidence of his so-called “rehabilitation”?
According to several reports, Manning has attempted suicide at least twice, which is not uncommon among “transgendered” individuals and only further proves that he’s in desperate in need of psychological and spiritual counseling. The New York Times described his situation as “…a transgendered person in a men’s military prison…” while many other liberal media outlets went so far as to refer to Manning as “a woman in a men’s prison.” The only problem with both of those descriptions is that they’re factually untrue. Bradley Manning was born a man and will always be a man. He was a man when he betrayed America. He was a man when he went into the men’s prison and he’ll be a man until the day he dies. No amount of cosmetic surgery, hormonal treatments or feminine apparel will ever change that.
And while one might be sympathetic to Manning’s mental, emotional and spiritual problems, there’s absolutely no justification for reducing his sentence or letting him go free, particularly for a White House that the New York Times claims has “carried out an unprecedented criminal crackdown on leaks of government secrets.”
So, not only has Obama set a ridiculously dangerous precedent and suggested that guarding state secrets doesn’t matter, he’s also explicitly stated that it’s perfectly acceptable to commit treason so long as you’re a member of the protected liberal hierarchy.
I guess on his way out the door, he’s determined to repay that debt of gratitude he owes to all the LGBT folks who voted for him twice.
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