I had a fun experience the other day when I asked a through and through civilian friend to name any soldier besides myself that he knew of. Apparently, ahead of Petraeus and McChrystal or SSG Romesha lies a Private by the name of Manning. Sigh...
Honestly, Manning is one of the more infuriating things to come out of the War on Terror. A martyr against the machine, who wasn't one. An enemy of the state who is isn't one. A 'hero' who got coffee for probably asshole intel officers in Iraq, got bored and fucked up big time. It goes well with a war that will 'soon end' but never actually end. An Army that was already integrated but now is even 'more so.' And a society that has never been safer, but also never been more afraid.
Please let me know when I've worn out this diatribe, but it just really irritates me to death when we as a nation have a discussion about the military without mentioning that yes, we are still at war. And no, supporting Bradley Manning doesn't help end the war or do anything of any value except keep an idiot kid out of jail for the rest of his life.
I'm confident that Manning will get the book thrown at him, but within eight years he'll be pardoned. I'm sure that shortly, the military will start churning out stories about green initiatives that are actually restoring the environment in war torn areas. Something to keep liberals happy while the war continues. Just think! If we invade Syria, we can actually reduce green house gasses!!!
There's hell to pay for this sort of behavior. And the cost isn't being distributed at all. The question for me in these sorts of areas is and always has been how long can this last? And when the music stops, how do I get a chair?