By Bill Korach www.thereportcard.org
Former Army Private Chelsea Manning (formerly Bradley Manning) was found guilty of leaking secret military documents to WikiLeaks and was sentenced to 35 years in prison. However, President Obama commuted the sentence in his final weeks in office, meaning the former Army private only served for seven years.
The Harvard Kennedy School of Government, seemingly having no issue with Manning’s record, made her a visiting fellow for the year. In their announcement, the school mentions her court martial conviction, but is much more eager to note her advocacy on behalf of queer and transgender rights, as well as her exposes on Artificial Intelligence.
With the hire, the school was also able to note at the top of the page that this year’s class features their “first transgender fellow.”
However, Harvard was forced to rescind the fellowship after former CIA Deputy Director Michael Morrell, resigned his position as a senior fellow at Harvard Kennedy. Although he has enjoyed his tenure, he said in a letter to Harvard’s Dean Elmendorf that can no longer work for an institution that has hired a “convicted felon” who put the lives of U.S. soldiers “at risk.”
CIA Director Mike Pompeo cancelled his planned appearance at Harvard saying in a letter shared on Twitter, Pompeo called Manning a “traitor of the United States” and wrote, “However, after much deliberation….my conscience and duty to the men and women of the Central Intelligence Agency will not permit me to betray their trust by appearing to support Harvard’s decision (to hire Manning) with my appearance at tonight’s event.”
Minutes after the event was scheduled to begin, Elmendorf took the stage and announced Pompeo was a no-show. Pompeo also expressed his support for Morrell’s decision on Thursday, writing, “I am saddened, however, at Harvard’s loss. You have traded a respected individual who served his country with dignity for one who served it with disgrace and who violated the warrior ethos she promised to uphold when she voluntarily chose to join the United States Army.”
Manning shared Morrell’s resignation letter on Twitter and wrote, “good” adding winky face, rainbow and heart emojis behind her pithy response along with the hashtag #WeGotThis.
She also called for the abolition of the CIA one tweet and wrote the incident was “making very bad people very mad.” After Harvard pulled its invitation to her, Manning said “this is what a military/police/intel state looks like” in another emoji-filled tweet, adding”the @cia determines what is and is not taught at @harvard.”
Clearly the transvestite traitor Manning, who obtained sex-change surgery at taxpayer expense while in prison, is clueless and thinks his/her actions are just peachy. However, Harvard’s Kennedy School is a serious institution that has been attended by senior members of the Navy, military, and high government officials. How could Dean Elmendorf have made such a poorly considered decision. What mental process went on in his mind to welcome Harvard’s “first transgendered fellow” while ignoring Manning’s act of betrayal to his/her country? What must Harvard Alumni be thinking since 18 Harvard men have been recipients of the Medal of Honor and 1400 have fallen in service to their country?
What must parents of future Harvard students think about the nature of character building at today’s Harvard?