Saturday, December 11, 2010

A Nobel for Bradley Manning

Mark Levine, who is a professor of history at UC Irvine, has a new entry at AJE entitled Wikileaks:Call of Duty, in which he proposes a Nobel for Bradley Manning, the alleged source of the documents which Wikileaks has released, to such a stir among the DC elite.

"No one outside of the Washington establishment and the myriad foreign leaders shamed by revelations of their penchant for hatred, hubris and pedestrian peccadillos can seriously argue that the release of these classified documents has done anything but good for the cause of peace and political transparency."

Oh, well said, professor!

"At the very least, given what a mockery President Obama has made of the principles for which the prize is supposed to stand - evidence of which, like pressuring Spain to drop criminal investigations into Bush administration torture, have only come to light thanks to the latest WikiLeaks release - the Nobel Committee should demand his medal back and give it to Manning or whoever the leaker is."

Late in the article, he takes some cheap shots at the game Call of Duty. Now, CoD is not something I play; I like my shooters set safely in a fantasy world, thank you very much. But still, as a gamer, I am not really comfortable with seeing such criticism come our way. We get enough crap of that sort from the other side of the aisle.

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