ah, some balance

Sorry for bringing Dana Milbank here, but it’s so hard to find balanced articles on Bradley Manning – he’s either a martyr or a traitor – it was a relief to find this. I’ve cut out the silly, glib ‘underwear’ stuff by Milbank, but you can read the full article here

Dana Milbank: ….On the left, Bradley Manning is being hailed as a hero and a whistleblower for stealing and then making public thousands of classified government documents. The Pentagon, meanwhile, sees Pfc. Manning as a traitor, and so is holding him in maximum-security confinement. The naked truth is that Manning was neither a hero nor a traitor but a misguided kid flying by the seat of his underpants.

…PJ Crowley … had it exactly right last week …. after his claim that the treatment of Manning was stupid, he added: “Nonetheless, Bradley Manning is in the right place” at Quantico, because “there is sometimes a need for secrets.”

Liberal supporters of WikiLeaks and Manning have a rather elastic interpretation of Crowley’s remarks, embracing the suggestion that Manning had been mistreated but ignoring the contention that he belongs in the brig.

…(they are) trying to lionize Manning as a champion of open and transparent government. The trouble, of course, is that if Manning did what he is accused of doing, he has almost certainly done more harm than good to the cause of government openness.

“I don’t think these qualify as whistleblowing,” said Steven Aftergood, a longtime transparency advocate who runs the Federation of American Scientists’ Government Secrecy Project. Yes, there were important disclosures from WikiLeaks, such as the documentation of civilian casualties in Afghanistan. But the indiscriminate leaks also may have put at risk many lives, including those of hundreds of Afghans who cooperated with the U.S. military.

“The approach of grabbing hundreds of thousands of documents and shoveling them into the public domain,” said Aftergood, “was needlessly provocative.” He added: “It was not exposing misconduct. It was sticking a thumb in the government’s eye.”

The Pentagon, for its part, seems to be acknowledging, implicitly, that it mishandled Manning … Now it’s time for Manning’s fans to accept that he’s not necessarily the champion of freedom they have made him out to be….

5 Responses to “ah, some balance”

  1. 1 bjw2
    March 15, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    Wait until the FDL and the DK crowd get a load of this. Dana has a sharp tongue and I think he knows he has picked a fight with the sanctimonious left, but I think as he was typing this article there was a glee in his eye knowing he would possibly be attacked for it.

    • March 15, 2011 at 10:14 pm

      OR they will ignore the article completely just like they ignored the rest of Crowley’s comment and just like they dismissed the father’s interview. For a group that likes to call others Obots at the drop of a hat, they sure are easily duped.

  2. 3 majii
    March 15, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    The PL, frustrati, and firebaggers have persistent foot-in-mouth-syndrome. After reading Milbank’s article, I don’t expect them to back off of their “torture” claim. I expect them to go on the attack, just as bjw2 has stated. It’s all they know. If they were ever happy or satisfied with something PBO did, they would complain about not being happier or more satisfied. The repeal of DADT is a prime example of this.

  3. 4 Fred
    March 15, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    Manning is a military criminal. Plain and simple. How the PL can just ignore that is pathetic.

  4. 5 Sue in Minnesota
    March 15, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    At least Milbank is pulling the discussion of the issues, and there are many, away from the extremes. Where are all the adults in this country? We have so much trouble getting past our divisions and emotional lather, that the substantive discussions we need to be having lay in wait.

    Eleanor Roosevelt famously said, “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”……I think of it, without fail, whenever
    the frustarati react to the slightest perception of criticism. Grow up!

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