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President] Obama’s commutation of his sentence is a disgrace. ( Saving Private Manning )

The final acts of his presidency, Mr. Obama has granted clemency to Bradley Manning. Here’s what it reveals.

John Stonestreet
On Tuesday, president Obama, using his constitutional powers “to grant reprieves and pardons for offenses against the United States,” commuted the sentence of former Army private Chelsea Manning.
Now, in case you missed it, that wasn’t Manning’s first name six-plus years ago. At that point, it was Bradley, and it was Bradley Manning who was sentenced to thirty-five years in prison for, among other things, espionage and theft.
Given the nature of Manning’s offenses, any executive clemency was bound to be controversial, but it’s what happened after Manning’s conviction that raises doubts about why Manning was the recipient of presidential clemency.
It’s impossible to really know the president’s motives. But a quick examination of the facts reveals that there’s reason to believe that a culture-war agenda played a disturbing role in this story.
To start at the beginning, in early 2010, a series of diplomatic cables and war logs began to appear on the WikiLeaks website. In total, more than 600,000 classified documents had been leaked to the site. The source of the leak was Manning. His stated justification was “to show the true cost of war” to the public in the hopes that it “would come to the conclusion that the war wasn’t worth it.”
In May, 2010, Manning was arrested and charged with 22 offenses, including aiding the enemy, which carried a potential death sentence. Three years later, Manning was acquitted of the most serious charge but found guilty of 17 others, including “five counts of espionage and theft.”
At this point, it seems pretty straightforward. Manning’s actions jeopardized national security and placed people in harm’s way.
daily_commentary_01_19_17But, in this case “straightforward” is the last word anyone would use to describe Manning’s actions. At the sentencing phase, Manning’s lawyers “raised questions about whether Manning’s confusion over her gender identity affected her behavior and decision making.” Note the use of the feminine pronoun by the lawyers. A military psychologist testified that “Manning had been left isolated in the Army, trying to deal with gender-identity issues in a ‘hyper-masculine environment.’”
Thus, Manning went from being a misguided-to-the-point-of-possibly-traitorous “whistleblower” to a transgendered martyr, a transformation underscored by the name change from Bradley to Chelsea, a change that media outlets adopted immediately.
Reasonable people can disagree on whether seven years for his actions is a sufficient punishment. At the time of his sentencing, the New York Times argued that “much of what Private Manning released was of public value.” And all of his supporters argued that 35 years was far too long a sentence.
The problem is the same arguments can be made about other people who are not the beneficiaries of presidential clemency. Like Edward Snowden, who revealed the NSA’s surveillance program to the country. One could argue the “public value” of his actions far exceeded those of Manning’s.
Which is why it’s reasonable to suspect that Manning’s status as transgendered icon had something to with the president’s actions. As the New York Times put it, “The decision by President Obama rescued Ms. Manning from an uncertain future as a transgender woman incarcerated at a male military prison.”
Now, as a Christian, I’m not opposed to clemency. And I’m willing to consider Manning’s documented history of mental illness and suicide attempts as mitigating factors.
But in the end, I find it hard to disagree with David French, writing in the National Review:
“Manning isn’t a woman in need of rescue. He’s a soldier who committed serious crimes. He … just dumped hundreds of thousands of classified documents into the public domain ….without the slightest regard for the lives of others. Manning is a traitor who pled guilty to a lesser offense to avoid the full penalty for his crimes… [President] Obama’s commutation of his sentence is a disgrace.”

Today December 7th a day which will live in infamy 

Today is December 7 – a day that President Roosevelt said would be “a date which will live in infamy.” On that fateful morning of December 7, 1941, America was attacked without warning. More than 2,400 Americans died and 1,100 were wounded. Our country was changed forever. This attack led us into war, and the citizens of America responded with courage and resolve. So it may be well to reflect on what took place and how we today…

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Honoring the unknown Soldier tomb 

*Today is Veterans Day, a day when we honor the men who have served our country and to thank them for their service and sacrifice to defend us. This holiday was originally known as Armistice Day, was established to remember the 1918 signing of the Armistice Treaty and to honor the heroes of World War I. 

In 1921, Congress ordered the building a tomb to honor the men who had given their lives. One unknown American soldier was chosen to be buried in the tomb. When the Navy ship Olympia arrived in Washington with the body of that fallen soldier, America responded. The Band played “Onward Christian Soldiers” as the casket was taken to the U.S. Capitol, where the soldier was laid in state. ( More )

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Ignoring Child Abuse in AfghanistanWE SENT OUR TROOPS TO FIGHT FOR THIS?

( Below is the Breakpoint radio commentary. Read it, please. But be ready to get very upset. Thanks. )

Jason C. Brezler got into trouble for sending classified email via an unclassified email server. But the principle source of his trouble had nothing to do with email servers or even classified documents—it was the subject of those emails: child sexual abuse by our so-called “allies” in Afghanistan.
A year ago, I told you about a disturbing story in the New York Times whose headline read, “U.S. Soldiers Told to Ignore Sexual Abuse of Boys by Afghan Allies.” BreakPoint listeners learned about the ancient Central Asian phenomenon known as “bacha bazi,” which means “boy play.” The form of sexual abuse was the subject of the 2010 PBS documentary, “The Dancing Boys of Afghanistan.”
As I noted, “since the early 20th century there have been several attempts to outlaw the practice, but with one notable exception, these have met with limited success. The exception was the Islamist Taliban, which made the practice punishable by death. Their success in eradicating the practice was part of the reason that ordinary Afghans supported, at least initially, the Taliban’s coming to power.”
The ouster of the Taliban meant open season on young boys, which is horrendous enough. But making matters even worse, the United States, as the Times reported, is turning a blind eye to this abuse out of fear of offending our “allies.”
Which brings me back to Major Brezler. According to the Washington Post, Brezler was “asked by Marine colleagues to submit all the information he had about an influential Afghan police chief suspected of abusing children.”
Unfortunately, he sent the email via an unclassified server, an infraction which he self-reported. Despite his coming clean, the Marine Corps recommended that he be discharged. The Department of the Navy agreed with this recommendation.
But it’s why they upheld the recommendation that should trouble us. According to the Washington Post, “Navy officials also assessed that holding new hearings on the case would renew attention on the scandal surrounding child sex abuse in Afghanistan.”
The document setting forth the decision, known as a “legal review,” concluded that “calling for a new administrative review, known as a Board of Inquiry, would delay actions in the case another six to nine months and possibly increase attention on the case, ‘especially in the aftermath of significant media attention to the allegations regarding the practice of keeping personal sex slaves in Afghanistan.’”
If that sounds a bit too much like a cover-up to you, you’re not alone. Brezler has filed suit against the Navy seeking review of the decision to discharge him. And he has at least one powerful political ally, Representative Duncan Hunter of California.
A spokesman for Hunter, who successfully intervened on behalf of an Army Sergeant who was dismissed for slugging another Afghan police officer who sexually abused boys, told the Post that “The Brezler case is no different in that, at its foundation, there’s a corrupt Afghan commander that exploits children. It’s something that Americans won’t tolerate.”
What I said last September still holds; the policy of protecting child rapists is not only morally reprehensible, it’s counterproductive: It gives ordinary Afghans a reason to view Taliban rule as “the good old days.”
Is this what more than 2,300 Americans gave their lives to protect? Have more than 20,000 Americans been wounded to make the world safe for bacha bazi?
As the Apostle Paul liked to say, “God forbid!”
Which, by the way, He does.

One Military working dog who faced combat and saved lives finds home in retirement another may be put down by Uncle Sam 

Airmen at Offutt Air Force Base last month gave a retirement send-off — complete with tributes, cake and medals — to Ada and Tex, two military working dogs whose bomb-sniffing noses saved lives during combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.
But the two 10-year-old German shepherds face very different fates.
In retirement, sweet-tempered Ada will live with her last handler, Senior Airman Kathryn Malone of Offutt’s 55th Security Forces Squadron, lying about on a comfy bed and playing with her favorite toy: a purple rubber snowman that squeaks.
But Tex, who is high-strung and has persistent seizures, will likely be killed.
“For me, it’s going to be like losing a best friend,” said Staff Sgt. Matthew Stewart, 31, Tex’s handler and closest companion for more than a year. “He was one of those dogs that you’d know he had your back.”

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Supreme Sacrifice

Yes we should honor all those who are serving in the Arm Forses or have served. However today’s holiday Monday, May 30 along with every Memorial Day is about honoring those who made the Supreme Sacrifice.Thank their families and give thanks to the Lord for their actions. 

Army Wife Writes Letter To Peyton Manning, Gets Contacted By Police

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I never thought I’d hear conservatives vying to show who is most supportive of registering young women 

I never thought I’d  

hear conservatives vying to show who is most supportive of registering young women for the draft. But it happened in a recent GOP presidential debate.
The question was relevant because, recently, all restrictions against allowing women to be assigned to combat positions were lifted. Certain military leaders are talking about requiring women to sign up for selective service just as men do. It’s the logical next step because a 1981 court decision prohibiting drafting women was based upon their exclusion from combat.
Here’s the question ABC News debate moderator Martha Raddatz directed at Marco Rubio: “Many of you have young daughters. Senator Rubio, should young women be required to sign up for selective service in case of a national emergency.”
He prefaced his response with support for women serving in combat as long as standards are not compromised, and then continued: “I do believe that selective service should be opened up for both men and women in case a draft is ever instituted.”
Martha Raddatz turned the question to Jeb Bush, asking him, “do you believe that young women should sign up for selective service — be required to do so?”
Governor Bush answered: “I do. I do.” His answer communicated that he does not think the draft will be reinstated and there was an exchange about military readiness and morale.
And then Chris Christie jumped in mentioning he’s the father of two daughters and “there is no reason why one young woman should be discriminated against from registering for the selective service.”
It’s not about discriminating against women it’s about requiring them, making them sign up for selective service so that if we ever have a draft again, they could be drafted. Political correctness has run amok in the military, so I’m not shocked the idea of drafting women is being floated. But for mainstream politicians to accept the idea that we as a country would ever force women into military service and into harms way in combat positions is, to say the least, worrisome.
Ted Cruz wasn’t asked about drafting women that night. He told his audience at a town hall a few days later that, as his fellow candidates answered the question, he was thinking “Are you guys nuts?” He said, “the idea that we would draft our daughters to forcibly bring them into the military and put them in close combat, I think is wrong. It is immoral….”

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