A Good Manning Is Hard to Find

Barb Wire

Want better health care? Commit treason. That strategy seems to have worked for disgraced U.S. soldier Chelsea Manning. The former Army private, who’s currently serving a 35-year prison term for passing more than 700,000 classified documents to WikiLeaks, claimed victory this week after the Army finally caved to his demands for a taxpayer-funded sex change.

Manning, who was on a hunger strike to pressure U.S. officials, ended his stunt this week in celebration. “I am unendingly relieved that the military is finally doing the right thing. I applaud them for that.” If the military had done the right thing, it would have exacted a far harsher penalty on Manning than 35 years in prison — not rewarded him for putting countless innocent lives at risk. Since 2013, when he officially changed his name to Chelsea, Manning has fought to put taxpayers on the hook for his transgenderism.

Now, three years later, it seems the Army is more than willing to cater to the traitor’s whims, including footing the bill for thousands of dollars in radical hormone therapy and surgery. Not surprisingly, there’s no shortage of outrage over Manning’s special treatment — from taxpayers to our troops. While thousands of honorable veterans suffer serial abandonment in VA clinics across the country, the Obama administration is rewarding an avowed traitor with expensive — and elective — treatment. It’s a sad commentary on this administration when an act of sedition entitles you to better care than most of the men and women who have honorably served this country!

Imagine what the heroes of 200 years of war would think now, when their commander-in-chief’s greatest priority isn’t buying parts for worn-down airplanes and tanks but guaranteeing veterans gender reassignment surgery. Wounded veterans are literally dying for proper medical attention while President Obama is busy financing his agenda of gender anarchy. Apparently, putting American lives at risk — like Manning has done — entitles you to better treatment than people with actual combat disabilities. That’s the Obama military: distinguished veterans die while dishonorable traitors get sex changes. If you want a snapshot of this administration’s priorities, that’s it.

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Tony Perkins
Tony Perkins is president of the Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council. He is a former member of the Louisiana legislature where he served for eight years, and he is recognized as a legislative pioneer for authoring measures like the nation’s first Covenant Marriage law. (Via FRC’s Washington Update. Tony Perkins’ Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.)

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