As hardly anybody knows how she presently looks, incarcerated whistleblower Chelsea Manning had been portrayed by Katie Miranda at Mondoweiss in a more than humane way. A young and bright, beautiful woman with a future. When immediate past president Barack Obama, on his second last day in the White House, commuted her 35-yr sentence to end May 17, after 7 years of imprisonment, he finally infused sort of Hope he had promised long time ago for the brave American people and those around the world.
But is Manning’s ordeal reallyending soon? Not on his first day in office but couple of days later, in response to an article published yesterday in The Guardian, where she had analyzed Obama’s presidency and legacy, the notorious incumbent president Donald Trump used his unofficial Twitter account @realDonaldTrump to smear Chelsea Manning.
Ungrateful TRAITOR Chelsea Manning, who should never have been released from prison, is now calling President Obama a weak leader. Terrible!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 26, 2017
Manning did not mention Obama’s weakness. As she formulates it, she wants to draw a one simple lesson from President Obama’s legacy,
[D]o not start off with a compromise. They won’t meet you in the middle. Instead, what we need is an unapologetic progressive leader.
Ironically, self-proclaimed strongman Trump may even have been meant by Manning when demanding an “unapologetic progressive leader.”
Is it possible that president Trump revokes Obama’s sentence commutation? Well, it seems (according to a bizarre case which happened in the final days of George W. Bush’s presidency in late 2009) that, once issued, a pardon is a pardon, period. (Hat tip to @Londo Mollari who had responded to my concerns on Juan Cole’s blog).
I am still not convinced, though. The incumbent president of the United States proves on a daily basis his determination to do whatever comes to his mind. As entertaining this constant streams of ideas twittered to the World may be at the moment, one needs to take them serious, indeed.
27 January 2017 @ 7:35 am.
Last modified January 27, 2017.