'we don't torture' ha ha remember that?

Evil Obama Now Firing People For Acting Semi-Human

We laughed at this once, too.Guess who turned out to be the biggest asshole in the world? Your boyfriend, Barack Obama. The latest outrage in the Bradley Manning situation involves Obama’s direct involvement in the firing of State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley — because Crowley committed the sin of condemning the torture and abuse of U.S. Army Private Bradley Manning, who has been held in increasingly Soviet-esque solitary confinement since his arrest for giving WikiLeaks the diplomatic data that has so far helped topple two Arab dictatorships and launched democratic revolutions in another half-dozen Muslim nations. Anyway, Crowley’s semi-public remarks led to a reporter finally asking Obama about Manning’s awful treatment at Quantico, and Obama sneered and said the insane abuse of this American citizen is “appropriate.” And then Crowley was fired.

Remember, if you just “opt out” of the 2012 presidential election — and by “you,” we mean “all Democrats” — some awful Republican will become president and then none of us will have to “feel bad” about full-scale labor wars and nationwide shutdowns and the complete collapse of the American police state/kleptocracy. Let it collapse! It’s not like your 401k is ever going to hit 2007 levels again, no matter how much of your stretched salary goes into that black hole, year after year. It’s not like there’s a point to any of this!


So, in Barack Obama’s administration, it’s perfectly acceptable to abuse an American citizen in detention who has been convicted of nothing by consigning him to 23-hour-a-day solitary confinement, barring him from exercising in his cell, punitively imposing “suicide watch” restrictions on him against the recommendations of brig psychiatrists, and subjecting him to prolonged, forced nudity designed to humiliate and degrade. But speaking out against that abuse is a firing offense. Good to know. As Matt Yglesias just put it: “Sad statement about America that P.J. Crowley is the one being forced to resign over Bradley Manning.” And as David Frum added: “Crowley firing: one more demonstration of my rule: Republican pols fear their base, Dem pols despise it.”


By firing PJ Crowley for the offense of protesting against the sadistic military treatment of Bradley Manning, the president has now put his personal weight behind prisoner abuse. The man who once said that forced nudity was a form of torture, now takes the word of those enforcing it over a distinguished public servant.

It’s a muddled up, mixed up, shook up world when your Wonkette quotes Andrew Sullivan and Glenn Greenwald quoting Matt Yglesias and David Frum, all in the same post and not for the intrinsic humor value in quoting such people.

Remember how we all howled with laughter/disgust when Bush said, “We don’t torture”? Because of course the United States had turned into a Stalin-style Empire of Horror and we had taxpayer-supported horror prisons all over the world and the stacks of naked Iraqis and raped little children and people getting their fingernails pulled out and waterboarded and all that. Well now we have an administration that not only continues such evil as official U.S. policy, but is now actually torturing American citizens and standing up for it, right there from the presidential podium in the White House.

How’s that hopey changey thing working out?

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      1. SorosBot

        People, look at her face and not just the chest; she's a wrinkly old lady, and without a bra those large breasts are probably all saggy and wrinkly too. Have some standards.

        1. Terry

          Male, heterosexual Wonketters are easily distracted by boobies. Witness their lusting over Katherine Harris, Sarah Palin, and Michelle Bachmann in past years.

          1. SorosBot

            Not all of us! I've found all three hideous in appearance as well as ideology and stupidity & insanity.

          2. whiterabid

            I too don't find the aforementioned females particularly attractive. They would be well cast in MacBeth, Act I, scene 1. But I have to admit of an attraction to Meghan McCain. I think it's because she is blonde.

    1. PartyMarty

      Off topic, but I appreciate that your horribly low "reputation score" is worn like a badge of honor, having acquired it telling truth to idiocy on Breitbart hateboards. Keep on fighting the good fight.

  1. BaldarTFlagass

    Maybe Obama really is a Manchurian candidate, but from the Republicans rather than the Muslims.

    1. rbwrbw

      We could consider the extreme case in which the degree to which Obama has been corrupted from the ideals of his candidacy by the national security state is either a measure of his intimidation by or alignment with the prevailing national security power mongers. Again it is a worst case scenario, but that is a very powerful group. We saw the trouble Obama had against the healtch care lobby – and that is weaker than the bankers and the military. Obama is likely to tread lightly around them unless he has a really good deal of popular support. Unfortunately, it seems that the popular infrastructure that he had developed during his campaign has not been used fully to assist him in moving policy along.

      1. horsedreamer_1

        If Gore had taken office, does 9/11 happen? Do you think a Gore Admin. would have ignored the outgoing Clinton Admin.'s admonition to keep an eye on Qaeda?

        The ultimate evidence of this, & generally, of how a Gore Admin. would have differed from Bush's, is the continued, snivelling sniping at Algore by National Review. (Yes, I read it, sometimes, when I want to be angry.) Movement Conservatism, on the one hand, considers the former VP an has-been — never-were, even, in some quarters, therein, I'm sure — but yet he's notable enough they have to keep chipping away. Why is that? Why do they want to destroy that which isn't, really?

    1. V572625694

      Only if you're a deputy underassistant secretary of state for some bore-ass topic no one can remember. As a civilian you're okay as of now. But hey, things change!

  2. V572625694

    Don't you understand how dangerous Bradley Manning is? He threatens the very fabric of our democracy, as Juan McCain once said about ACORN. So he can't have any fabric. This is so obvious.

    BTW, what sort of "license" do you suppose this torture-approving "psychiatrist" has? Probably went to the same fine DoD medical school that produced Nidal Malik Hasan, the Fort Hood shooter, also a shrink.

    1. OneDollarJuana

      He actually does threaten the very fabric of our democracy. By telling the truth he threatens the power structure that keeps us (increasingly) fat and (decreasingly) happy.

      1. V572625694

        Ha! Or we could say he threatens the oligarchic kleptocracy that our democracy has become.

        And he's gay! Ew!

    2. tessiee

      "BTW, what sort of "license" do you suppose this torture-approving "psychiatrist" has?"

      "Seriously, Baby, I'm in med school; I can prescribe anything you want!" — Dr. Nick Riviera

    1. V572625694

      No, but you can run around shouting, "He's not my president." That's the incantation teabaggers think means something.

    2. natoslug

      Only if we all can, and they can be retroactively applied to Dennis Kucinich. It's about time we had an Elven-American President. It has to be Obama or Kucinich, though, because they're the only candidates with the credentials that count: Hot wives.

    3. Lascauxcaveman

      No, you can't have your vote back. Even in those heady times of 2008, you knew you were voting for the lesser of two weasels. If you were conscious and sober, that is.

    4. bitchincamaro2

      I've been pretty much cold-turkey on teh Wonkett lately; duty calls. I poke my head up suddently and what do I spy? This is the post I was most dreading and looking forward to at the same time. Fuck you very much, Ken Barry.


  3. SorosBot

    And yet my conservative acquaintances will still call Obama the "most liberal President ever", even though he's to the right of fucking Nixon.

    1. Terry

      "Most liberal President ever" is code for the blackest president ever. His politics are irrelevant to people making that claim.

      1. tessiee

        THANK you!! I was wondering how far to the right President Obama would have to go before the idiots stopped calling him a "socialist" (not that they know what that means, but anyway). Thanks for clearing that up.

      2. neiltheblaze

        Only they said the same thing about Clinton too – and he wasn't the most liberal anything. He was a DLC flack and a Dem Bubba for Reagan. They would call any Democrat that. It's true that they are all wigging out like mad because Barry is black – but the Most Liberal Evah canard is standard issue.

    2. Lascauxcaveman

      Obama really is a lot like Nixon; progressive in some areas (Nixon had the EPA, China), but mostly middle of the road. Let's hope Barry avoids the whole breaking-and-entering-and-coverup thingee.

      1. SorosBot

        Unfortunately he seems to be following Nixon's refusing-to-end-an-inherited-unwinnable-war thing.

        1. mumbly_[redacted]

          And also trying to quietly expand it, too, even though it looks really criminally bad when "our boys" murder people in countries we're not at war with.

    3. the_onceler

      In a way it's a smart tactic– by claiming Obama is the most liberal President ever, it makes any actual liberal candidacy for the presidency that much harder to happen. Obama is basically moving the country to the right. Wow, and I genuinely thought it would be different.

      1. SorosBot

        I think the last one we had was Carter, and I was too young to really remember his administration.

        And shouldn't you be up in the breast discussion with that avatar?

  4. Troubledog

    Ophadell Williams was responsible for more deaths than Bradley Manning, and he's walking around free. With his clothes on.

  5. Ducksworthy

    Hate to say it but Frum is showing increasing signs of sanity. Republican pols fear their base, Dem pols despise it indeed.

    1. PartyMarty

      Frum actually does make sense more often than not. Not in the sense that I agree with his opinions, but rather that one can follow his train of logic and not go insane. And he's been expelled from the Republican cool kid's club as a result.

      1. tessiee

        "the Republican cool kid's club"

        Forgive me, but isn't that like being the tallest Munchkin?

  6. MittsHairHelmet

    Still not quite as hypocritical as McCain advocating the use of the very torture techniques used on him when he was a prisoner. Outdone by the Republicans again.

  7. PublicLuxury

    Maybe Barry needs to spanked? Maybe our sexy Michelle will take him over her knee and spank his bad boy ass? OOOOOOOO Yeah.

  8. Oblios_Cap

    Did you see 60 Minutes and their interview with Curveball?

    Obama is starting to remind me of Curveball. I hate the 2-party system.

    1. V572625694

      Shit, "Sixty Minutes" had an interesting (if somewhat late) interview? And I wasted the evening watching "The Seven Samurai." Terrific movie, by the way, all 3:17 of it.

        1. V572625694

          "7 Sam" was on Netflix via Roku. Thank Jebus I don't have to walk all the way to the mailbox to get movies anymore. That was killing me.

          1. tessiee

            When *I* was your age, we had to go to the video store to rent movies. And *we* didn't have a remote! *We* had to get up and change the channel! Hell in a handbasket, I tells ya… rant… mutter…

  9. KathrynSane

    All those in favor of changing the inscription on the Statue of Liberty from "Give me your tired, your poor, etc." to "Abandon all hope, ye who enter here," say aye.

    1. Moonbat


      Regretfully, but we should warn the poor schlubs who're mistakenly coming here to make a better life for themselves. Being a US American and a soldier ain't enough to keep you safe from the torture any more.

    2. whiterabid

      And just last night I watched a movie about illiterate immigrants living in a chop shop who chase the American dream everyday through child labor, bootleg cds, dvds, prostitution and menial jobs.

      On second thought, maybe changing the inscription does make sense.

    1. DarwinianDemon

      That would have made Republicans dislike him and *then* where would we be?

      LOL…ugh…I need an aspirin.

    1. el_donaldo

      Yes, the whole waterboarding and torture issue is very divisive, but we can all come together on motorboating. I think a video of Obama motorboating those titties would go a long way to uniting our fractured country – you know those teabaggers spend most of their free time searching on the 'nets for interracial porn. This may not make Michelle too happy, but everyone needs to make sacrifices right now.

  10. OneYieldRegular

    To paraphrase the immortal, sage, patiently-considered words of Robert Jackson, Chief Prosecutor at the Nuremberg trials, "This is f-ing disgusting."

  11. Limeylizzie

    That person needs to get measured for a correctly fitting bra, I went to the Town Shop on 81st and B'way this weekend, very old-school and they don't use a tape-measure , just eyeball your naked frame and return with the exact right size bra It is astonishing, I have , apparently aong with 80% of all women, been buying an incorrect size all my life. Imagine my astonishment, and MrLimeyizzie's delight, to find out that I am a 34G, that is porn star sized! Oh and , yeah the treatment of Bradley Manning is stupid, but I still have the faith with Barry, and am eagerly awaiting his second term when he will fuck the beejezus out of the Republicans

        1. V572625694

          The serial downfisters must be so conflicted when they get to Lizzie's posts. Typing with one hand, to be sure. But up- or down-fisting? So hard to decide!

          1. Limeylizzie

            That is my aim, I have one of those freaks "followng" me now, I hope that in the back of his mind ,as he gets marginally firm, is the little , nagging thought that I might be either a 14 year od boy or a fat , repulsive old man.

          2. SorosBot

            More like two-handed downfister; now that I see our two wingnut stalkers have both changed their handles again, the former Liberal=Intolerant guy to Unions=Gangs and Spanky to UnionsRStreetGangs, my former strong suspicion that they were both the same guy has become a certainty.

          3. MarshallBanana

            Hey, I got one o' them on my tail too, as of today! Awesome! It's truly an honor to know that I'm helping raise the blood pressure of a teabagger. Hopefully one day it will explode in a spectacular geyser, "Fist of the North Star" style.

    1. Radiotherapy

      Yep, that's the carrot he's dangling way out in front. It can be his campaign slogan.
      "Hope and Change…This Time We Mean It!"

    2. Terry

      I went to a fancy fitting and found out that I'd been guess-timating at Target fairly well. LOL

      I still have the faith with Barry but he IS trying my nerves, I swear.

      "since his arrest for giving WikiLeaks the diplomatic data that has so far helped topple two Arab dictatorships and launched democratic revolutions in another half-dozen Muslim nations."

      That fruit vendor in Tunisia immoliated himself over Wikileaks?

    3. BaldarTFlagass

      No matter how depressing the subject matter of the day, Lizzie can always make me see the bright side of things and put a spring in my step with references to her rack.

    4. LakeAfflicted

      That 80% is probably because at most of the big-box lingerie stores they take your measurements, and then they just laugh and laugh and laugh. "Ha! We don't even sell bras in that weird deformed size. I'll bet you really hate your life." Obviously not for the same reason you do, Mosquito Bites.

      And Obama re Bradley Manning: a bit more Tamerlaney than I usually like to see in a U.S. president.

  12. Allmighty_Manos

    Dear Obama: If you have decided to take the next two years off and sit on your ass hoping not to offend any Republicans, please STFU.

    1. [redacted]89048

      I'd never heard of this female person before; a google images search was both enlightening and embiggening, so thanks for that.

    1. ThankYouJeebus

      We tried that with Al Gore and got W. Now I'm really depressed. Is it too early for vodka drinks?

      1. axmxz

        Yeah, but this time the boring white guy might be Mitch Daniels, who only wants to raise taxes forever.

        1. natoslug

          Raising taxes in a time of war? Is he crazy? The only way out of a hole is to dig deeper, dammit!

  13. PartyMarty

    I admit, this is bad. But I know the next time I see him flash that smile of his or play with his adorable daughters or Portuguese water monster, all will be forgiven. I can't stay mad at him.

    I certainly hope that fact is never taken advantage of…

    1. Ken Layne

      Oh yeah that will never happen.

      BTW, if you just throw out your teevee (or at least disconnect the worthless fucking cable/satellite) and avoid the White House website, you're not going to see any cute-y pictures of goddamned Obama and his family being cute.

        1. Ms Nippon Quasimodo

          Watch TDS and CR on the intertubz – Comedy Central! You can also watch Rachel et al on MSNBC website, and English AlJazeera and Russia Today nooz online. You don't need the teevee or cable.

  14. EatsBabyDingos

    Needs moar nipple ripple. Or Ripple or Thunderbird, or even Mad Dog 20-20, if I am to make sense of this.

  15. KnaveOfDiamond

    There is the view floating around that voting doesn't matter, or to the extent that it does matter, we're better off letting everything go to hell.

    I'm in Illinois. Since the midterm elections, our state has
    a) Banned the death penalty.
    b) Legalized civil unions.
    c) Raised individual income and corporate taxes to get the state out of a massive financial hole in five years.

    It's done all this while its neighbor Wisconsin is gearing up for an actual class war. What I'm saying is that elections really do matter at the local and state level.

    1. jrients

      On the other hand, I'm feeling the same buyer's remorse about Obama that I felt about Blago this far into his first term. Only I don't remember anyone being tortured on Blago's watch.

      1. KnaveOfDiamond

        I don't know if this is good or bad for Chicago, but at least it will keep city politics fun to watch.

    2. Midway117

      Thanks for that reminder. The tax hit sucked but it's done now and we've moved on. Meanwhile, my state is no longer killing in my name, and same-sex grownups who love each other have the same rights I do as a married hetero. And people ask me if I ever regret not leaving Illinois…

    3. Ms Nippon Quasimodo

      You're absolutely correct: state and local level. State and local Democrats know what a Democrat is and what the party stands for. I think they've learned their lesson re: being complacent about these elections against Teatards. Putting energy into these elections will bring us more than giving it away to the national Dems, who are whores for Wall Street and the Republican party. And who have been consistently throwing women under the bus, also, too. /drinking now

  16. MinAgain

    I just sent a furious email to the White House. I considered including the phrase, "Hope, my ass", but decided that it was disrespectful to the office.

    1. EatsBabyDingos

      You won't get a reply for three months. By then the Martian Invaders will be our overlords and it probably will only take two months to get a reply from Alpha Centauri.

  17. natoslug

    As long as she stands by him, she's the hottest thing in proximity. Can we compromise on youthful and clear-complexioned, which qualifies as hotness in comparison with most of the other first-ladies-in-running?

    1. Ken Layne

      "Hottest thing in proximity" is a good term for any non-hideous person seen around politicians.

      As for Elizabeth Kucinich, she is a very striking person, and she has the height and the features for modeling. Whether you are masturbating to her right now is a matter of your personal preference and workplace policies, but complaining about her looks on an Internet forum is what's known as the "sharp knees phenomenon."

      1. natoslug

        Fortunately, my workplace policies do not prohibit masturbation. I've checked the policy manual, and like the constitution, it puts no restrictions on loving oneself. That said, I'll wait until this afternoon before imagining her as a lonely elf-maiden in need of rescuing.

      1. natoslug

        I need confirmation. Her red-headness could be a fake like the Obama long-form bird certificate. Long, up-close, in-depth confirmation. It's the only way to ensure democracy.

  18. bumfug

    I really think Obama's behind all the "he's a socialist" stuff just to try and convince us that he's not the corporate piece-of-shit sellout that he obviously is. Are we supposed to be grateful that unlike the republicans, he uses lube when ass-fucks the country?

  19. ttommyunger

    Now, for the first time in my life I am wondering if I should peacefully submit to arrest should I get on the wrong side of the Feds. Historically, a suspect could rely on timely, Constitutionally Proper, humane treatment and an equitable legal set of procedures. The American Legal System set up by Dubya and perpetuated by Barry is anything but what I've seen in the past. The Obits are full of men younger than me now, anyway… Go down in a hail of gunfire or live out your life in Solitary Confinement, naked, with no human contact, no trial, no dignity, no hope.
    BTW: Nice rack!

    1. V572625694

      Was that you at Ruby Ridge, T Tommy?

      But I agree. Why not make one's death at least as meaningful as life?

      1. ttommyunger

        No, but it could be, any day now, sadly. I've done what he did, not for money, but for my own use…in fucking spades!

  20. fuflans

    it's a fucked up world when a glenn beck website has to help clear NPRs name and NPR coverage is more ambivalent than glenn beck's.

  21. Golfing_OJ

    I cannot concurr (sic) with this racist slant! Can't we all just get along! Stop staring at those gigantor-tiac tits!

  22. prommie

    In the immortal words of Jack Welch, "Nice tits!" Classy guy, Jack Welch; my favorite quote from him is "who do I have to fire around here to get this network to call the election for Bush?"

  23. SorosBot

    Well with that size there's no real need for a bra; I say the world's small-breasted women should let themselves fly free. And not just because I'm a horny perverted man with a thing for small-breasted women.

    1. natoslug

      I'm more of a gourmand. I find breasts of almost all sizes quite pleasant. At least when they are attached to an adult woman.

  24. Bezoar

    Seriously, is he really just feathering his future nest? Maybe he's after the same thing Palin is but he just goes about it more suavely.

  25. TanzbodenKoenig

    You say torture, I say to-mah-to. Maybe if he didn't want to have his humanity systematically stripped from him he shouldn't have been caught / accused and presumed guilty before any sort of trial.

  26. Terry

    True. It was sort of a perfect storm. Outrage over the leaked information, much better access to communication, and a trigger in Tunisia that set off the dominos.

  27. natoslug

    Some days, it feels as if we fell, as a nation, for a giant 419 scam (Dear Frend, I am Minister Okularcavity OhnoSir, and I haz Librul Prezdent . . . ). On the other hand, we'd probably all be dead or wishing (more so) that we were dead if McCain were President.

    1. tessiee

      Unless Mr. McCain can sleep with his eyes open, he would have "fallen out a window" or something similar a week after the election, and we'd now be looking at… I can't even say it.

      1. natoslug

        We've already made it over halfway through so Chillbilly would've already quit. We would now be looking at President Pelosi. Or, assuming Palin managed to stick with it long enough, President Boehner.

  28. spooked911

    is the gal in the pic supposed to be an evil teabagger or a good-hearted opponent of torture with a wry sense of humor?

  29. PartyMarty

    Okay… i'll be the one to say it.

    This story about Bradley Manning is awful and, moreover, disappointing. Obama was supposed to change this sort of thing. But has been shown to be the case over and over, he's not a paradigm breaker, nor did he ever claim to be one. He works within the system and is, at heart, a pragmatist and compromiser. For whatever reason, the course of action taken with Pvt. Manning was deemed pragmatic.

    But, fellow fatalistic liberals, let us not freak out and turn rabidly on the most progressive president of our lifetime. You may scoff at that last phrase, but do not begin to tell me it isn't true. His first term accomplishments, from the small and numerous to the few and iconic dwarf anything any democrat has acheived since LBJ.

  30. PartyMarty

    So let's not stop complaining and let's attempt to keep him honest. Let's be disappointed when he fucks up and tell him so. But for every crushing disappointment like this one, there are a dozen un- or under-publicized lurches toward progress that we often don't give him credit for. To say he's the same as Bush, or whatever dismissive comparison carries the day, is just plain lazy.

    I know a lot of you hate the line of reasoning above, but the alternative is kamikazi politics and Republican forever-rule. Obama is a good egg. Don't throw the black guy out with the bathwater.

    1. Limeylizzie

      Thank you for saying that, I agree wholeheartedly , he is a good guy and I personally do not want to go down the Firedoglake road of insanity. I think we have to keep the faith with Barry and just wait for the second term. The right-wing is shooting itself in its collective feet and people are getting serious buyer's remorse over the mid-terms and our Barry is a poker-player and, while not the huge lefty that some poeple thought, although he certainly never indicated that he was, he will outfox them .

  31. sezme

    Oh well, at least he's stepping up on protecting worker rights in Wisconsin, and putting a stop the the muslim witch-hunt hearings, right?

      1. Negropolis

        Yeah, let me guess, without the body attached, right?

        Obama delivered my unity pony, too. Its head in my bed when I woke up.

  32. riverside68

    Wadda ya mean Boyfriend? Just because I said he looked great without a shirt doesn't make him my boyfriend. Ya, I worked for him and gave him money, but that doesn't mean I actually had a crush on him!
    Now if Michelle wasn't so scarry, maybe she could be a girlfriend, at least she doesn't wimp out on torturing people and all that rule of law business, not in public anyway.
    Doesn't make you wonder how the pillow talk is going in the east wing these days?

  33. Steverino247

    The problem with Dem Presidents after Truman (who would Nuke Your ASS, baby) is the expression "The President is soft on (fill in the blank)!" This has afflicted them since JFK and it's not stopping now. JFK authorized all sorts of shit, including continued atomic testing despite knowing the rain outside his office included fall out from it, because he was afraid of being called "soft on Communism." Well, once Communism went commercial (see Vietnam, Cambodia and China on your clothing labels) the fascists needed some new fear, so "Soft on terrorism" has taken its place. Bradley Manning is an asshole, but he shouldn't have to show his asshole to guards 24 times a day. He is presumed to be innocent until he is found guility and sentenced to anal probing for life. If abusing Bradley Manning keeps President Obama from being called Soft on Anything, then that is abuse well spent in the mind of the President and his handlers. It's really that simple.

    1. PartyMarty

      Agreed on all counts.

      But buried in there is something we're not really talking about: Bradley Manning was leaking classified shit. Not to "the enemy", per se, rather to Wikileaks. But still. Not really his place to differentiate. Breaching the trust of your employer and flying in the face of your nation's interests… That's treason, brotha.

      And yes, he hasn't been convicted yet. THAT is what makes all of this so horrible. We need to stick to our principals and treat him simply as somebody accused.

      But while I have all the compassion in the world for his current situation, I'll tell you right now: If he's convicted, I could care less what dank hole they throw him into, or what they shove into his tender parts.

      1. Steverino247

        We need to keep angry children away from prison guard posts. If the Marines would stop recruiting adults molested as children, this shit might not happen. And yes, I'm picking on the Marines since they're guarding him right now. I'm sure AMAC's enlist in the other services, too.

        1. PartyMarty

          Totally. Sadism should never be allowed to enter into American military procedure. You can throw a guy in the hole if that's what's necessary, but do so dispassionately. We seem to be hiring grinning weirdos who take pleasure in this stuff.

      2. sati_demise

        Manning leaked a film of our military killing journalists in cold blood. Now recently our military did the same thing- again- killing 9 boys who were collecting firewood. but wow, its all about Manning breaking the law? Really?

        It might be better to look at the actual leaks and see if the military can change their ways and target the enemy instead of journalists and young children.

  34. mumbly_[redacted]

    Maybe he's hoping he can trick Republicans into opposing torture, since their platform consists of whatever is the opposite of what Democrats want, always and forever?

    I'm going to at least tell myself that's what's going on, for piece of mind.

  35. mourningnmerica

    I wonder how many of us would support a primary challenge to Barry. Bitterly disappointed does not quite capture the depth of my feelings toward him.

  36. donner_froh

    Bradley is an Army PFC who was busted from Spec 4 because he released classified information on his Facebook page while being trained as a military intelligence analyst. If he is the threat that this country is protecting its citizens from by trashing whatever shreds of goodwill still exist then the real enemies have nothing to worry about.

  37. V572625694

    It's funny how many "journalists" buy into this. The longer they spend in the warm tongue baths of their handlers at DoD and State, the more suborned they become.

    Well, it isn't funny, it's sad. I heard NPR's "national security" correspondent Dina Temple-Raston opining about how inconvenient it is to have people insisting on antique concepts like "trials" and "constitutional rights" for the terrorists at Gitmo.

    And by the way, journasaurs one and all: they're not "detainees." They're "prisoners." You can't even call them "convicts" because…ha ha ha.

  38. tessiee

    The second half of that proverb (??) is, "if NOT voting changed anything, they'd make it illegal".

  39. DahBoner

    Must act like robot so insane toothless backwoods hillbilly won't put bullet in my head.

    Must act like robot…

  40. whiterabid

    PFC Bradley is lucky he hasn't been drawn and quartered, which would have been his punishment if Edward Longshanks were president.

  41. zhubajie

    I do not expect any future president to give up any of the "unitary executive" powers amassed by Bush and continued by Obama.

  42. hellbabe

    Oh, Ken. I used to come here to laugh….now, the articles bring more tears than laughter. It all seems so hopeless.

  43. Negropolis

    one more demonstration of my rule: Republican pols fear their base, Dem pols despise it.

    These truly are the end times. I'm agreeing with lazy-eyed David fuckin' Frum.

  44. Negropolis

    Barry can keep trying to sell his hope-on-a-rope, but I ain't no dope. No deal, Mr. President.

    Come back when you start representing our better and best angels, instead of futilely clinging to the unabashed evil that has been American security policy for, like, ever. Move, bitch; get out the way, get out the way, get out the way…

  45. harlem_gilligan

    "for giving WikiLeaks the diplomatic data that has so far … launched democratic revolutions in another half-dozen Muslim nations"
    oh, come on.
    yes ken, the libyan rebels are being led in their struggle by the valiant julian assange. private manning's naked martydom was the final straw that brought the protesters to tahrir square.
    stick to political gossip comedy.

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