The Patriot Post® · Obama's WikiLeaks Deal for Manning

By Lee Crockett ·

This week, WikiLeaks posted this demand: “If Democrats want to see whistle blowers … under Trump, they need to send a signal: release Chelsea Manning.”

Barack Obama has complied.

Pursuing his legacy makeover, Obama has filled his last month in office with surreal “deals” on behalf of his most ardent constituencies, the most reprehensible among those being one for his homosexual base as a parting shot for his “gay military” agenda.

On Tuesday, after months of Obama’s post-election protests regarding stolen information being funneled to WikiLeaks — which made the machinations of the Democratic Party and his heir-apparent, Hillary Clinton, much too “transparent” — he commuted the sentence of Army Private First Class Bradley “Chelsea” Manning.

PFC Manning, as you recall, is the pathologically gender-confused former Army intelligence analyst, convicted by courts martial in 2013 for acts of espionage. Manning funneled almost 750,000 classified documents to WikiLeaks, and on conviction, received a light 35-year sentence with a dishonorable discharge to follow. Manning’s espionage, which at the time he intimated was to impress his “partner,” ranks near the top of the most treacherous acts of treason in U.S. history. Obama’s commutation allows Manning to walk less than four years after sentencing — and this after Manning’s prosecutors already acquiesced to pressure not to seek the death penalty for treason. Additionally because Manning’s dishonorable discharge was part fo the original sentencing, he may be separated with an honorable discharge.

In September 2016, the ACLU, representing one of Manning’s numerous gender confusion cases against the military, announced that the Army would grant his request for “gender reassignment” surgery. Obama will no doubt attempt to justify Manning’s commutation by insisting he is a “victim,” and confining a transgendered “woman” to an all-male prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, is cruel and unusual punishment. Manning, like so many transgendered individuals, did attempt suicide, after all.

But make no mistake — Obama’s commutation is much more than constituent appeasement. It is a middle finger in the face of an American constituency with whom he has the lowest rating — American Patriots in uniform. Only 15% of American military personnel, who have taken a blood oath “to Support and Defend” our Constitution, approve of their commander in chief.

They will bear the burden of Obama’s ill-advised political retreat from Iraq, which gave rise to the Islamic State and an epic humanitarian crisis.

Few insults are more repulsive to the military community than the commutation of an unquestionably deserved sentence (albeit a light one) for Manning, especially when compared to Obama’s forced resignation and prosecution of former CIA Director, Gen. David Petraeus, for discussing minor classified matters with his military biographer. Petraeus pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge.

Of course, Obama also defended Hillary Clinton’s security breaches uncovered during the Benghazi investigation. Clearly he only seeks “justice” when it promotes his agenda and protects his friends, and the Manning commutation opens the door for a Clinton pardon.

The commutation of Manning’s sentence, the most recent and arguably most unjustified of Obama’s 1,385 commutations (504 of which were life sentences), provides a clear perspective into Barack Obama’s anti-American ideology. (For the record, George W. Bush approved only 11 commutations.)

Speaker Paul Ryan poignantly notes, “Obama now leaves in place a dangerous precedent that those who compromise our national security won’t be held accountable for their crimes.” Sen. John McCain added, “It is a … fitting commentary on Obama’s failed national security policies that he would commute the sentence of an individual [who] endangered the lives of American troops, diplomats, and intelligence sources.”

Manning’s commutation, following the Defense Department’s implementation of a myriad of gender disorientation policies, is yet another military morale buster. It cuts deep for service personnel who quietly and humbly do their job day in and day out, even if they disagree with the commander in chief’s motives. But after more than 2,500 combat-theater deaths and thousands more casualties under Obama’s watch, while he has devoted more time and energy to championing gender-neutral bathrooms on military installations, should we expect anything less?

If Manning’s commutation is any sign of what lies in store for the next 48 hours, our men and women in uniform are praying that Friday gets here quickly.

P.S. You will note that The Patriot Post does not, of course, follow the MSM convention of referring to Manning as “Chelsea” or by feminine pronouns. Caveat Emptor, with otherwise “conservative” MSM sources. They all share the same water from the Potomac! Even Fox News’s Bret Baier referred to Manning as “Chelsea,” “she” and “her” through their entire report about Obama’s inexcusable commutation.