Thursday, December 23, 2010

Berkeley Finds a Soldier to Admire

I came across the following article in The Scrapbook from December 20th's The Weekly Standard, and thought it worthy of sharing.  Enjoy!

The civic carnival that is the Berkeley City Council is at it again.  The members of the council, who wrote a letter to the U.S. Marine Corps in 2008 saying they were "uninvited and unwelcome intruders" to their shining liberal city on the Bay, have finally found a man in uniform (an American uniform, that is) to admire.  According to The San Francisco Chronicle, the council will vote this week on a resolution supporting Private First Class Bradley Manning (U.S. Army-under arrest), widely believed to be the source of the purloined State Department cables, as well as other classified intelligence and military information, turned over to WikiLeaks for worldwide dissemination.

The drafter of the resolution, Berkeley's "peace and justice commissioner" Bob Meola, told the Chronicle that Manning is "a patriot and should get a medal."  While it's certainly a landmark moment when the Berkeley city council positively recognizes any member of the armed services, The Scrapbook looks forward to the day when said member is one who is fighting for his country rather than against it, preferably serving under arms, rather than languishing under armed guard, awaiting trial in the Marine Corps brig at Quantico, Va.

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