Earlier this week, now-former President Obama shortened the 35-year prison sentence Pvt. Bradley/Chelsea Manning received for leaking classified documents to Wiki-Leaks. Because of the pardon, Manning will serve only six years for the traitorous act.
This was not the same thing as Obama reducing hundreds of drug related sentences imposed when laws were more strict. Manning violated Army regulations. He was not even a whistle-blower pointing out government abuses. He facilitated the release of information on Afghans working with the U.S. to fight the Taliban. The Taliban went on a killing spree soon after Wiki-Leaks made the information public. Most experts believe they used the leaked information to target those they saw as enemies.
The Obama administration was extremely vocal about how awful it was for the Russian government to have allegedly hacked the accounts of Democrat Party officials and given the information to Wiki-Leaks. Russia had to be punished with sanctions. But Manning’s leaks likely led to the deaths of many Afghans helping us, and he/she gets a slap on the wrist?
Obama should be ashamed of this action. But, of course, he isn’t. More than anything else he did while in office, this showed his contempt for the American system of laws and justice. Despite Obama’s recent claim that he could have beaten Donald Trump if allowed to run for a third term (Emperor Obama?), the end of his experiment as an American dictator is the best thing to happen in American politics in a decade.