Military Headline News: Manning, Obama and Afghanistan


By Rick Rogers
Welcome to August, everybody.
As always, a lot of ground to cover today, from Pfc. Bradley Manning’s pending sentencing to rebuilding Afghanistan to allegations of undue command influence by President Barack Obama.
First Manning.
His defense team seems just a tad too full of themselves over sidestepping the aiding the enemy charge against their client, an overreach by government prosecutors to begin with.
Some read into the decision by Army Col. Denise Lind a solid victory for freedom speech. Balderdash.
Fact is the 25-year-old is facing 136 years in prison come sentencing time. If Manning escapes with a slap on the wrist, then I’ll put attorney David Coombs on speed dial and consider the case a watershed moment in free speech.
Fat chance.
I’ll stand by my prediction of an over and under of 22.5 years with the actual time served checking in at about 7 years.
Read more here
Here’s a point that’s worth considering:
There’s no way that Manning could’ve known the full content of those 750,000 cables he leaked. The fact that he apparently didn’t get anyone killed is a saint-making miracle.

* I’d like to meet John Sopko, Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction. He seems like a straight shooter who calls like he sees them. We need more people like him in government
Unfortunately, what he sees in Afghanistan are spectacularly ineffective projects that are wasting billions of taxpayer money while achieving nothing but lining the pockets of crooks or benefitting our enemies.
Almost weekly Sopko’s office releases another report detailing just how bad things are there.
The latest outlines the inherent problems of overseeing building effort when there’s no credible force to do the overseeing.
“There appears to be a growing gap between the policy objectives of Washington and the reality of achieving them in Afghanistan, especially when the government must hire and oversee contractors to perform its mission,” Sopko said in his most recent report.


We See The World From All Sides and Want YOU To Be Fully Informed
In fact, intentional disinformation is a disgraceful scourge in media today. So to assuage any possible errant incorrect information posted herein, we strongly encourage you to seek corroboration from other non-VT sources before forming an educated opinion.

About VT - Policies & Disclosures - Comment Policy
Due to the nature of uncensored content posted by VT's fully independent international writers, VT cannot guarantee absolute validity. All content is owned by the author exclusively. Expressed opinions are NOT necessarily the views of VT, other authors, affiliates, advertisers, sponsors, partners, or technicians. Some content may be satirical in nature. All images are the full responsibility of the article author and NOT VT.
Previous articleWest Becomes Al Qaeda – Was it Always?
Next articleWhy Alex Jones Bashes Nazis
Rick Rogers is a defense reporter based in San Diego.