I’m sorry that this isn’t Arlington-centric, I just have no idea how the public feels.
What say ye citizens?
I would be pilloried if I posted this. In the past, soldiers were executed for merely being shellshocked and unable to do their duty. So he got off quite easily.
True, as a soldier, I’m leaning to the opinion that his penalty was a touch too soft. It will be interesting to see what Snowden gets when he is eventually taken and tried.
Too little. Treason should carry a higher sentence.
There are no standards and discipline left in the Army. He needed to be executed.
How exactly is it that when a young NCO gets a DUI, we completely destroy the guy for the sake of good order and discipline and to create an example, and yet apparently you can commit mass fratricide- No Execution, Spree killing non combatants- No Execution, Rape a girl, murder her family and set them on fire- No Execution.
This vet also thinks he got off way too easy. The kid signed certain agreements with the government that he swore to uphold…and did not. Though I’m glad he did apologize…showed he had a tiny bit of “honor” still left in him…keyword: tiny.
I would lean toward execution as well. He got off soft.
Not only because he deserved to be executed, but to send a message to those who think about doing this in the future.
FTR, I’m a vet as well and was a custodian of classified material for a long stint while in the Marine Corps.
Seems light to me. Information is a weapon, perhaps now more deadly than ordnance. Placing it where the bad guys can easily get it is unforgiveable.
Manning’s sentence seems a little on the lenient side. Then again, 35 years in prison sounds pretty awful.
As for Snowden, he is a tool,. Sadly he probably won’t ever be tried because Russia is now protecting him. For a guy who supposedly did what he did because he thought the US was being evil, I’d say he picked a country/government to harbor him that is MUCH more sinister than the US.
I agree esmith. ”OMG, the US is evil…now I’m going to spend my days in Putinland! They don’t crush people’s liberties here…”
Manning is a hero of the far left: I bet if he has a sex change (at taxpayer expense, no doubt) while behind bars, writes a book or two, there will be calls for him to be pardoned.
Liberals are not calling for him to get the Nobel peace prize and they have some organization and a petition to set up to try to allow left wing lunatics to serve part of this jail sentence for him. What a bunch of nutjobs. Isn’t there a cop killer than can gravitate to?
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