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Thursday, March 10, 2011

If for no other reason...

If you had to list but one reason for the Democrats to abandon Barack Obama and find a new candidate in 2012, that reason can be summed up in a single name: Bradley Manning.
I couldn't agree with you more. The treatment of Manning at the hands of the military--of which President Obama is commander-in-chief--sickens me. It has proven to be the last straw. The disillusionment that I've experienced over the last two years--the sheer mendacity and hypocrisy of this president--far surpasses the anger and disgust I felt when W was president (and that was considerable, I assure you).

I'd surely like to join you on the Feingold bandwagon, but I fear that a similar disillusionment would occur. Not to overstate the case, but I don't think I could take any more heartbreak.
One reason?

How many prisoners are still stuck in Git-mo?

That any person or political party could continue holding others without due process to garner a few more votes ...
Some people and political parties will do anything to anyone for a vote.
(excerpt from today's press conference)

Jake Tapper (ABC News):
And then, a second question:  State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said the treatment of Bradley Manning by the Pentagon is “ridiculous and counterproductive and stupid.”  And I'm wondering if you agree with that.  Thank you, sir.

President Obama:
With respect -- with respect to Private Manning, you know, I have actually asked the Pentagon whether or not the procedures that have been taken in terms of his confinement are appropriate and are meeting our basic standards.  They assure me that they are.  I can't go into details about some of their concerns, but some of this has to do with Private Manning's safety as well.

Well....I suppose if Guantanamo is your benchmark, then they are indeed meeting "basic standards".

Looks like there's a little dissension in the State Department, though.
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