"A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murder is less to fear"
Cicero Marcus Tullius
- Colonel Paul YinglingNobody who wins a war indulges in a bifurcated definition of victory. War is a political act; victory and defeat have meaning only in political terms. A country incapable of achieving its political objectives at an acceptable cost is losing the war, regardless of battlefield events.
Bifurcating victory (e.g. winning militarily, losing politically) is a useful salve for defeated armies. The "stab in the back" narrative helped take the sting out of failure for German generals after WWI and their American counterparts after Vietnam.
All the same, it's nonsense. To paraphrase Vince Lombardi, show me a political loser, and I'll show you a loser.
Perhaps what Obama is actually doing is discussing with the military and judicial personnel in charge exactly how Manning is being held, why he is being held that way, and the potential for harm if he was not held that way. Why, Obama might have even been peppy enough to research whether Manning was being treated exactly the same as other prisoners in the same detention facility held under the same conditions. He might possibly have been assured that the treatment was absolutely fair, absolutely necessary and...*gasp!*... been given reasons that were both logical and acceptable to him.
...And then, as president of the entire United States-both-liberal-and-conservative-under-somebody's-God, he actually decided that military and judicial matters should actually be entrusted to military and judicial personnel, and not be flung on a partisian wheel of fortune while a bunch of rabid right-left wing hucksters hitch darts to see whose party platform wins the military/judicial booby prize.
What a concept.
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Before you criticize someone you should walk a mile in their shoes, that way when you do criticize them you'll be a mile away and you'll have their shoes.
Yeah cause pro-longed solitary confinement is really going to help reduce the suicide risk...
More than likely they are isolating him as punishment. He should be tried for crimes already, or maybe they haven't because they're waiting for Assange to be handed over to Sweden, a.k.a the U.S.
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