Chelsea Manning: Thank You, Obama!

"I was given a chance."

The traitor-turned-transgender Chelsea Manning, who once upon a time went by the name Bradley, blew President Obama a big kiss during his interview with ABC's Good Morning America for commuting his 35-year sentence after being convicted of violations of the Espionage Act by leaking classified intelligence.  

Speaking with Juju Chang, Manning was asked what he would say if President Obama were there in front of him. His tears welling, Manning said, "Thank you. I was given a chance, that’s all I wanted. That’s all I asked for, was a chance, that’s it. And this is my chance."

At the time of his conviction, Manning blamed the military for his 35-year sentence, saying justice failed him. 

"I should have waited. I needed time to absorb the conviction, and to reflect on my actions," he said at the time. "I also needed time to grow and mature as a person. I take full and complete responsibility for my decision to disclose these materials to the public. I have never made any excuses for what I did. I pleaded guilty without the protection of a plea agreement because I believed the military justice system would understand my motivation for the disclosure and sentence me fairly. I was wrong."

He now claims to have "accepted responsibility."

"No one told me to do this, no one directed me to do this, this is me. It’s on me," he said.

Playing philosopher, Manning said propaganda has reduced our enemies into a black-and-white chimera. 

"You’re getting all this information, and it’s just death, destruction, mayhem, and eventually you just stop." he said. "I stopped seeing just statistics and information, and I started seeing people. Counterinsurgency warfare is not a simple thing. It’s not as simple as good guys versus bad guys. It is a mess."

After the interview, the panel gushed over Manning's transgender identity, all the while using the pronoun "she," talking about his fight to get the hormone treatments he wanted on the taxpayer's dime and how he became a symbol for transgender youths. 

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