No Unicorns, Only Rainbows – President Obama Commutes Bradley Manning Sentence…

Well, at least the DoD won’t have the issue of paying for Manning’s gender reassignment surgery any longer.  Additionally, the Intel Community writ large gets a big poke in the eye from the Obama administration that has used them as political tools to poke the White House enemies in the eye…  Oh, and presumably pretzel Democrats will like WikiLeaks again…. until next week, or something.

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[…] Manning copied hundreds of thousands of military incident logs from the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, which, among other things, exposed abuses of detainees by Iraqi military officers working with American forces and showed that civilian deaths in the Iraq war were likely much higher than official estimates.

The files Manning copied also included about 250,000 diplomatic cables from American embassies around the world showing sensitive deals and conversations, dossiers detailing intelligence assessments of Guantánamo detainees held without trial, and a video of an American helicopter attack in Baghdad in two Reuters journalists were killed, among others.

Manning decided to make all these files public, as she wrote at the time, in the hope that they would incite “worldwide discussion, debates, and reforms.” WikiLeaks’ disclosed them — working with traditional news organizations including The New York Times — bringing notoriety to the group and its founder, Julian Assange.  (NYT – details)

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350 Responses to No Unicorns, Only Rainbows – President Obama Commutes Bradley Manning Sentence…

  1. jello333 says:

    I don’t agree with everything Manning did, some of what he released was unnecessary and potentially harmful. But other parts of it, I consider along the same lines as Wikileaks and Assange and Project Varitas and Ed Snowden and the DNC “hacks”…. that being, terrible things that NEEDED to be exposed, but there was no “legal” way of doing so.

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  2. mikebrezzze says:

    Trump should hack Obama’s (sealed) records and expose who was really illegitimate!

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  3. Pam says:

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    • rsanchez1990 says:

      I’m not so sure that would be the case. Manning still identified as Bradley when he handed those leaks over to Assange, and Assange is the one who said he would turn himself over if Obama commuted Manning’s sentence, which I think is the main motivation behind the commutation.

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      • Lucille says:

        Assange owes Obama nothing including turning himself in. Hopefully he will go back on his “word” as he had his fingers crossed when he made the pronouncement. Manning is a sick little doofus and will likely lead an unproductive life as a fake female. But as Sundance indicates, at least we won’t have to foot the bill for his operation.

        I agree with Camille Paglia when she said sex change operations along with transgenderism are a fad which indicate the beginning of the end of a society.

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        • mariner says:

          I hope Assange keeps his word and turns himself in. I believe his credibility is still important going forward.

          I also hope Trump shields him from his persecutors.

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        • bolshevict says:

          It only makes sense. Why worry about the rule of law or following the law when you’ve already shown contempt for God’s law?

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        • bolshevict says:

          Interesting concept, btw…..According to several ancient manuscripts, such as the Babylonian Talmud (admittedly, the people who tell us what the Babylonian Talmud says…), and recordings by Jewish writers of ancient times, there are only 2 times in history when gay marriage was practiced and given legal sanction…the times of Noah, and right now.

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    • Rodney Plonker says:

      I wonder about this as well as afterall, Obama cannot discriminate against a LBGT. Perish the thought. Snowdon is such a smuck. 2 days left and he still hasn’t changed his (I mean her) name to Edwina.

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      • jello333 says:

        On those very, very rare occasions when Obama does something that seems right/good, I still find myself looking for an ulterior motive. Call me cynical, but I just do NOT believe that guy EVER does anything out of the goodness of his heart.

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        • patternpuzzler says:

          There are several hundred good reasons you do, jello… the least of which is cynicism!

          When you trick or treat and the door opens and the Clown from It is standing there with apples, it only makes sense to look for razor blades…

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  4. Dragon says:

    Manning is a hero. We would not ever have come this far against the NeoCon globalist agenda without that information being handed to Wikileaks, especially the video of photojournalists and children being executed in the streets.

    I know a lot of loudmouth people claiming to be Christians who can look the other way while the Ten Commandments are shredded right in front of their face as they Con themselves into believing it is God’s will.

    And the result opens up yet another thread of LBGTQ bashing.

    Shameful scene in here today.

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    • booger71 says:

      Refusing to call someone a girl who is actually a guy is bashing? I bash him because HE committed treason, and should have hung for it.

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      • AghastInFL says:

        He was charged, tried and convicted.

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      • Dragon says:

        Exposing war crimes = treason?

        Do you think Trump opposes the Iraq war for a reason.

        Not to mention the pretzel logic required not to understand that Assange is stuck in the Ecuaqor Embassy in Britain exactly because he released the information Manning handed him.

        If you support Assange, you’d have to support Manning’s release.

        Of course, there are those who have to account for the fact that they supported Bush and the war crimes his admin perpetuated.

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      • jello333 says:

        I couldn’t care less one way or the other about the whole Bradley vs Chelsea thing. That’s a secondary sideshow to everything that went before. But as for whether or not he committed treason…. I hope you’re not talking about exposing Abu Ghraib and other stuff. That’s as far from “treason” as you can get…. it was a MORAL DUTY of anyone who knew about it.

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    • Manning has been on my prayer list since I heard of his demise. Fervent prayers. The stories of ill treatment he received in there, him being taunted and made to stand naked in the cold; and him being only 22 years old getting a sentence of 45 years, and his suicide attempts haunted me, especially because I think what he did was noble and even he thought it was when he did it. Then to see Hillary who has done far worse free and even allowed to run for president was a stark reminder of the injustice.

      The war was a travesty and a disgrace and as far as I’m concerned Manning exposed that, at least to me personally. That was a big turning point for me to see those reporters mowed down and the van full of children, the cold callousness of their actions and comments the soldiers were making while they did it, as if they were playing a video game literally made me sick and nauseous. Then shortly after other stories started to be exposed.

      I am glad he was released, it is an answer to my prayers! As for his sex change, whether or not I agree with that issue was immaterial in my prayers for him to be freed from that prison cell. He is a hurting soul who has served 7 long years and my heart goes out to him. I thank God he is going to be free soon.

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      • Dragon says:

        I’m right there with you on that sentiment. I have to assume most people haven’t watched that video, as it would turn them inside out if they did.

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      • smartyjones1 says:

        The first time I differ with Monicat? Well, what’s next?
        Just don’t see whistleblowing in line with treason. You have to choose.

        Putting Americans around the globe in danger is not acceptable.

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        • Dragon says:

          Going to war in Afghanistan when virtually all the 9/11 attackers were Saudi definitely didn’t put Americans around the globe in danger, did it?

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        • Dragon says:

          Decimating Iraq over clearly fabricated claims of “Weapons of Mass Destruction” was clearly the way to protect Americans around the globe, right?

          Try not to fall so easily for the spin of the “Bombs for Peace” industries.

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        • dervish114 says:

          I don’t think he put any Americans in danger, that’s likely just another neocon lie.

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      • moonsbreath says:

        The soliders, whom you say had cold callouness actions and acted like they were playing a video game, did you pray for them as well? Or did you just pray for Manning cause obvisouly he’s a sensitive soul? Did it occur to you that the soldiers who made you sick and nauseous were having to “cope” with what they were having to do? You do realize that their “actions and comments” they were making is a “coping mechanism,” right? Did it ever occur to you that maybe they came home and attempted suicide?

        I don’t know if you’ve ever spoken to a soldier who served either in Iraq or Afghanistan, but I have and actually, what you wrote made me sick and nauseous as it was too simplistic and you have no idea as to the depths of hell of what our troops encountered.

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        • CountryClassVulgarian says:

          Very true. It was talking to soldiers and seeing what happens to them after they return from theater that has turned me against war for the most part. On the one hand they are young and fearless and will fight but on the other had they often see things that are soul destroying.

          I believe Snowden acted in good faith. Manning wanted to hurt the country. He was on a mission to embarrass his country. He used his sexuality as a shield.

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        • Dragon says:

          If you don’t become a loud conscientious objector once the war crimes start piling up, then you wouldn’t be forced to have to cope with the memory of doing unjust things.

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        • LEET says:

          Moonsbreath: Amen! And they continue to encounter hell! With evil leadership using them for their own evil purposes and sending them into situations with absurd and extremely dangerous rules of engagement, further the whole idea of training the Iraqis or Afghanis to police their own has been the biggest abject failure and yet the higherups continue to push it. Those people,once trained, often turn on our soldiers, or give the uniforms and weapon to the rebels or Al qaeda or whatever version of extremists exist in the area and our men now have to protect themselves from the men they just trained!

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    • Lucille says:

      Chromosomes don’t lie…DNA tells the truth. “Shameful scene in here today.” Fakery is shameful, indeed. With Christians the most persecuted, abused, and murdered people in the world today, bashing Christians is not to be tolerated.

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      • Dragon says:

        I’m bashing clearly false Christians who can’t even manage to live up to a simple commandment of not committing unlawful murder by excusing it.

        Attacking the people for their personal identity is ridiculous.

        I support criticizing corporations and institutions trying to force others to act against their conscience in regards to their personal free association with others, but attacking the individuals themselves for their identity is nothing I can support whatsoever.

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        • singingsoul says:

          Maybe we should not ask our men to fight in a war where the opponent are savages and have no moral compass. How can one fight an enemy whose moral compass is so evil and our boys come with our western marl compass…? War is not civilized it is barbaric and horrible things happen in war. Maybe those of us who judge need to see how the opponent fights . Just my thought on it. I never understood sending men into battle and tell them not to fight the way the opponent fights. War is ugly and we can never repay our brave soldiers.
          I have lived the aftermath of war and have and heard the horrors of war.

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          • jello333 says:

            The average age of a soldier (ground troops) in Vietnam was about 19 1/2. How sick is that?

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            • mariner says:

              IIRC they were younger in The Late Unpleasantness, WWI, WWII, and Korea.

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            • Lucille says:

              Audie Murphy was 19-1/2 when he was in a harrowing battle for which he was awarded the Medal of Honor. He and other young men helped liberate Sicily, Italy and France from fascism.

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              • jello333 says:

                Yeah I know. I hope you don’t think I was in any way denigrating the service of those who went, no matter their age. Not at all my point. The point was that no matter the “cause” — whether it was something completely necessary like stopping Hitler in WWII, or something totally WRONG like Vietnam or Iraq — no matter the war/”conflict” there’s never any hesitation among our “leaders” to send our youngest to fight/kill/die. You gotta wonder how things might be different if there was a minimum age (say 35 or 40?) and minimum economic status (say over $100k/yr) requirement for front-line troops.

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          • moonsbreath says:

            Maybe those who have that said “moral compass” should watch videos of our enemies cutting off heads, etc? Always helps to straighten out that compass that might be bent.

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        • LEET says:

          Which commandment says “not committing unlawful murder by excusing it”? The powerful players/elites who manipulated our military and manipulated the American people into believing the war in Iraq was justified are truly evil, and sincere Christians, if they knew the truth would not go along with it. Lucille’s point is spot on.

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        • moonsbreath says:

          Would be interesting to know what you’ll be thinking when Jesus returns with a sword.

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          • LEET says:

            Moonsbreath: my comment above was in response to a comment up thread made by “dragon”. I do not fault our soldiers one bit. My issues have to do with the evil doings and manipulations of the globalists and elites in sending our men off to these endless wars. I have come to change my mind about them over the years, especially when I see the higher ups doing everything in their power to LOSE and/or prolong the wars and then also they hog tie our soldiers with asnine rules of engagement that puts their lives at risk, among other issues that I alluded to up thread in my comments. I know full well Jesus return will not be as a meek and mild baby. The 2nd coming will be nothing like His first!

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            • moonsbreath says:

              I’m not used to replying using WordPress, but I hit “reply” also under toothless Dragon and for some reason it posted under you. Not sure how that happened, but both of my comments were directed to that person and not you. I do agree with what you’ve posted.

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    • Screwtape says:

      He is a traitor and should remain in jail for the rest of his miserable, traitorous life. Having his sentence commuted is s direct insult to our military and intelligence communities. I hope both Manning and Obamas lives are mercifully short.

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  5. southernmom19 says:

    Assange said he would agree to extradition to the U.S. if Obama pardoned Manning. I think that’s the biggest motive here.

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  6. Marc says:

    Manning was more of a smear on our government rather than a true whistleblower. HE is another reason why gays in the military is a horrible idea.

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    • David says:

      It isn’t fair to put it all on Manning after enduring complete isolation and psychological torture while imprisoned.

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      • Marc says:

        I’m talking about the leaks themselves not the treatment after he was imprisoned. That’s completely different.

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      • mariner says:

        Manning is a perfect example of why homosexuals in military service is a terrible idea. He got dumped by his boyfriend so he released classified information that could have and may have gotten decent people killed. IMO it IS fair to put all that on Manning, and he deserves to be in prison.

        I do not and will not excuse anyone who mistreated him in there. Prison is the punishment, not an opportunity to humiliate a prisoner or exact extrajudicial revenge. That’s wrong regardless of th prisoner or the crime.

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      • moonsbreath says:

        Oh dear, he endured isolation and psychological torture? I wonder what happened to some of our troops and people who helped our troops when the enemy read word for word the over 700,000 documents leaked by this POS? He should have been tried for being a traitor and executed by a firing squad, then he wouldn’t have had to endure anything. Geez people get a clue.

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  9. Pam says:

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  10. LM says:

    My heart, too, goes out To Chelsea Manning.

    For me it is enough that Julian Assange, to whom we owe so much, wanted this done. It is the one thing I am grateful to Obama for…and I hope and pray that President Trump not only pardons Julian Assange but finds some way to put him to use in his administration.

    As far as the trans issues go I will not judge except to say that I know that the arms of Jesus are open to him just as they are to all who are lost and in need of His care.
    ❤️

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  11. rsg says:

    There are quite a few children on this site throwing terms like “war crimes” and “warmonger” and “neocon” around in every other sentence.

    They don’t know what the hell they’re talking about.

    This site is getting tedious.

    Bush and Cheney planned 9/11 so as to steal the oil and rule the world, boys and girls!

    The sick freak Manning is traitor and Assange is a n’er do well trying to make a name for himself.

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    • jello333 says:

      Hmm… looks like some of us disagree. IMO Julian Assange will someday have monuments built to him. And Manning a “traitor”? What do you think about the exposing of Abu Ghraib?

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    • Dragon says:

      They did it to serve the globalist agenda.

      I guess I’ll spell it out for you: they were attempting to create a Caliphate in the Middle East which would work as a trading bloc, just like the EU.

      They don’t care who they kill to make that happen.

      They believe they are “creating markets”.

      Time to take off the blinders and get a clue.

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  12. hrivkan says:

    While we’re on the topic of sex change.

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  13. MVW says:

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/obamas-favorite-general-wins-pardon-in-leak-probe-003154808.html
    “President Obama gave a full pardon Tuesday to retired Gen. James “Hoss” Cartwright, who was convicted of lying to the FBI during an investigation into a leak about American efforts to sabotage the Iranian nuclear program.”

    Someone likely posted this news already, but if so I missed it. Won’t be the first time.

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  14. I’m late to the Party, this whole affair makes Me sick.. Just Hang’em,, be one & done.. Treason..

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    • dervish114 says:

      Before we had all of these whistle-blowers, the government was lying to our faces, and calling it “conspiracy theory” and “ridiculous” that the NSA and other agencies were spying on us, or that military operations killed more civilians than they let on.

      This is not Communism, government officials don’t have the right to lie to the citizens, nor should they hold the power to be above the law. Big changes are coming.

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  15. Giving him/her/it a pardon and turning him/her/it loose amid-st thousands of veterans and active duty personnel may well be akin to tossing him in with the general population of a prison on day one of incarceration.

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  16. Mike diamond says:

    I can’t wait for Jan 20, Mr o has degraded everything !

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  17. pawatcher says:

    IMHO Private Manning was a tool for the CIA, they use the volnerable, Assange was the target.
    Assange has promised some BIG news soon, probably waiting for the transition in the CIA. Hope he gets to the US and gets a fair shake.
    As for Manning: he’s been used and abused, he’s damaged goods. He will do bad for himself or the powers that be will do bad for him IMHO.

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  18. LM says:

    We cannot, until President Trump drains the swamp, count on any of our government agencies to tell us the truth. Many of us on this site, myself included, were convinced that the Bushes and Republicans in general were all on the side of the angels and completely innocent of wrongdoing.
    True information might have spurred us to action before so very much damage was done and so many lives were lost worldwide because of the actions of our country.

    We have desperately needed whistle blowers in order to get at the truth and vote and and take action accordingly.

    Our challenge going forward would be to inform ourselves completely about Jihad, the global caliphate, and the vast number of organizations (i.e. Cair, Muslim Brotherhood) soon to attain advanced and even more well publicized victimhood in our media in order to counter President Trump and his agenda.

    We cannot afford to dismiss any of this as conspiracy theory without detailed research.

    http://helenastales.weebly.com/blogue/hero-journalist-who-exposed-cia-infiltration-and-manipulation-of-media-found-dead

    http://countdowntozerotime.com/2017/01/18/john-brennan-is-completely-unqualified-to-be-director-of-central-intelligence-john-brennan-jihad-is-a-holy-struggle-who-tried-to-kill-rodger-stonevideo/

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  19. C-Low says:

    At some point in the future I fully expect revelation that O was our first gay president will be admitted.

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  20. yacov d says:

    Obama turned out to be America’s Idi Amin Dada

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