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If it’s possible to capture the essence of everything wrong with America, the cultural cancer eating away at our colleges, government and moral foundations, Chelsea Manning has done it in under 140 characters.

Let us unpack that pit at the center of the rotting plum.

  • Manning is “honored” to be the first disinvited trans woman visiting Harvard fellow.

Harvard just decided to rid itself of all off-campus social organizations because they were too “male.” It would in fact be difficult to find a more transgender-friendly campus in America than Harvard. It was apparently less of an honor for Manning, who has no concept of honor, to be chosen as a token liberal transgender, than it was for her to be disinvited.

Remember, Manning received a dishonorable discharge from the U.S. Army after being tried and convicted of violating the Espionage Act, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, and disobeying lawful general orders under Article 92 of the UCMJ. Private Bradley Manning is a disgraced, convicted felon and failed former soldier.

The concept of “honor” is overturned in one tweet.

  • They chill marginalized voices

Ben Shapiro’s speech at Berkeley cost $400,000 to keep Antifa from rioting and burning down the city. Who was marginalized?

As far back as 1978, liberal Harvard was gobsmacked and filled with consternation (even boos) at Alexander Solzhenitsyn‘s takedown of the liberal west. It’s not liberal voices who are marginalized at Harvard, it’s anyone who doesn’t walk completely in lockstep with their worldview.

The narrative of victimhood must live on in Manning’s tweet.

  • Under CIA pressure

Not in the least. Here it was the CIA who exposed Harvard’s dark smuggling of honor and endorsement upon a disgraced criminal. Douglas Elmendorf, Dean of Harvard Kennedy School, scrambled for cover in his mealy-mouthed statement withdrawing Manning’s fellowship.

We invited Chelsea Manning to spend a day at the Kennedy School. Specifically, we invited her to meet with students and others who are interested in talking with her, and then to give remarks in the Forum where the audience would have ample opportunity—as with all of our speakers—to ask hard questions and challenge what she has said and done. On that basis, we also named Chelsea Manning a Visiting Fellow. We did not intend to honor her in any way or to endorse any of her words or deeds, as we do not honor or endorse any Fellow.

This is total bovine excrement. Being offered a Harvard visiting fellowship is in itself an honor and endorsement. Twist it as you might, both the extension of the offer and its withdrawal have meaning.

CIA Director Mike Pompeo exposed Harvard’s honoring a criminal, and he was right to do so. Why should he share a title and a forum with someone who made his job exponentially harder by actively compromising U.S. intelligence?

Former CIA deputy director Michael Morrell also resigned in disgust after Harvard’s honoring her.

It wasn’t the CIA who pressured Harvard to dump Manning. It was Harvard that had to eat its own diseased words and divest the concept of “honor” in order to even justify its initial decision.

Perspectives

Former deputy CIA director Michael Morell quits at Harvard’s Kennedy School over Chelsea Manning’s hiring | Hanna Kozolwska, Quartz

https://qz.com/1077906/former-deputy-cia-director-michael-morell-quits-at-harvards-kennedy-school-over-chelsea-mannings-hiring/In his letter of resignation, Morell says he cannot be part of an organization that “honors a convicted felon and leaker of classified information.” He called Manning’s hiring “wholly inappropriate,” stipulating however, that he “fully supports Ms. Manning’s rights as a transgender American, including the right to serve our country in the US military.”

 

 

Harvard Withdraws Fellowship Invitation To Chelsea Manning : The Two-Way : NPR | Doreen McCallister

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/09/15/551151607/harvard-withdraws-fellowship-invitation-to-chelsea-manning“Pompeo , who has a law degree from Harvard, said he didn’t make the decision lightly. He wrote that he would betray the trust of CIA employees if he appeared.”

“We are withdrawing the invitation to her to serve as a Visiting Fellow — and the perceived honor that it implies to some people — while maintaining the invitation for her to spend a day at the Kennedy School and speak in the Forum.

 

 

Chelsea Manning’s Harvard Fellowship Withdrawn After Criticism

Chase Strangio, a lawyer for Ms. Manning, wrote in a statement that the decision to withdraw the invitation “in the middle of the night without coherent explanation is disgraceful even for Harvard” and also accused the school of being beholden to the C.I.A.

“Ms. Manning betrayed her country,” Mr. Pompeo, who graduated from Harvard Law School, wrote in a letter to a Kennedy School official, adding that he commended Mr. Morell’s decision to resign.

 

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Remember…Chase Stranglo is Manning’s lawyer.

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Final thoughts

Chelsea Manning is no Alexander Solzhenitsyn. She did not suffer as a dissident at the hands of a repressive dictatorship. As Bradley Manning, he betrayed the uniform he wore, and the country he served. He was convicted and sentenced for his crimes. He was released only by the political correctness of Barack Obama in the last days of his term.

Mike Pompeo is a Harvard Law alum. He deserved the fellowship. He declined his own alma mater because what he believes in is more important than his personal honorifics.

There was no honor in Harvard’s invitation. There was no honor in Harvard’s disinvite. There is no honor in Manning’s outrage. There is no ring of truth in her cries of “victim!”

Everything that’s wrong with America right now can be seen in that one tweet. We better hope that they grow up.

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