I thought about titling this post using a line from Hawkeye Pierce, with friends like that, who needs enemas? I mean do these people really think their loud support will help PFC Manning with a convening authority, military judge or, particularly a members panel?
But, this WaPo article took me to another question. And it arises from this indisputable fact, PFC Manning volunteered–in fact, volunteered rather recently–to be in the Army.
My question is, why would someone with these beliefs volunteer to be in the Army and volunteer to be an intelligence specialist? I don’t get the feeling that PFC Manning was in the Army for years and the horrors of war convinced him that this whole thing was wrong. Though I could be wrong about that and am open to being re-educated.
And one last piece of advice for PFC Manning, when you retain an attorney, I’d think about getting a recently RAD’d Army MAJ/LTC that has served in an infantry unit or a forward area or put his life in another mans hands, and in return, asked him to put his life in the officer’s hands. Just a thought.
Talk amongst yourselves.