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Manning, 35 years, too little or too much?
  • CommentBot August 21, 2013 - 10:38 am #84633 Reply

    I’m sorry that this isn’t Arlington-centric, I just have no idea how the public feels.

    What say ye citizens?

    novasteve August 21, 2013 - 11:09 am #84641 Reply

    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.

    Quoth the Raven August 21, 2013 - 11:15 am #84643 Reply

    Seems like the right amount of time to me.

    CommentBot August 21, 2013 - 11:25 am #84647 Reply

    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.

    Sunshine August 21, 2013 - 11:32 am #84656 Reply

    Too little. Treason should carry a higher sentence.

    KalashniKEV August 21, 2013 - 11:37 am #84660 Reply

    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.

    Ridiculous…

    CrystalMikey August 21, 2013 - 11:46 am #84663 Reply

    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.

    newty25 August 21, 2013 - 11:47 am #84664 Reply

    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.

    newty25 August 21, 2013 - 11:48 am #84666 Reply

    FTR, I’m a vet as well and was a custodian of classified material for a long stint while in the Marine Corps.

    barticus August 21, 2013 - 11:49 am #84667 Reply

    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.

    esmith69 August 21, 2013 - 11:51 am #84668 Reply

    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.

    Swag August 21, 2013 - 11:52 am #84669 Reply

    Sounds reasonable.

    CrystalMikey August 21, 2013 - 11:54 am #84670 Reply

    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…”

    novasteve August 21, 2013 - 11:59 am #84671 Reply

    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.

    novasteve August 21, 2013 - 12:05 pm #84674 Reply

    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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