On Friday, State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley denounced the conditions of Bradley Manning’s detention as “ridiculous, counterproductive and stupid,” forcing President Obama to address those comments in a press conference and defend the treatment of Manning. Today, CNN reports, Crowley has “abruptly resigned” under “pressure from White House officials because of controversial comments he made last week about the Bradley Manning case.” In other words, he was forced to “resign” — i.e., fired… As David Frum [wrote]: “Crowley firing: one more demonstration of my rule: Republican pols fear their base, Dem pols despise it.”
If there’s one thing stirs me up more than than Barack Obama’s shifty approach to governing, it’s mistreatment of prisoners by uniformed goons. That goes for common criminals and political prisoners; for those who’ve been convicted and those such as Manning, who remains in solitary confinement, awaiting trial for dozens of charges involving the passing of classified information to WikiLeaks.
And how discouraging is it that David Frum, Iraq war hawk and ex-speechwriter for George W. Bush, proudly tweets his all-purpose “rule,” which seems truer every week. Back in the summer, he tweeted the same message when the Obama administration attacked the “professional left” for complaining Obama hadn’t lived up to his campaign promise to pursue real change.
Obama apparently has an agenda he didn’t mention on the campaign trail. We can see where it’s leading us.
From Daniel Ellsberg:
…If President Obama really doesn’t yet know the actual conditions of Manning’s detention… then he’s being lied to, and he needs to get a grip on his administration. If he does know, and agrees that it’s appropriate or even legal, that doesn’t speak well for his memory of the courses he taught on constitutional law.