Manning, obviously a dark and troubled soul will now emerge from incarceration. What will be his/its role? After making the rounds, will Manning become the champion of identity politics, a crusader against American imperialism, something of both... or perhaps an opportunist, the very caricature of an activist? Time will tell.
I also await the fanfare that will surround the release of John Walker Lindh. As amazing as it is to say, his release is only a couple of years away. Will he leave the country? Will he speak out against what happened to him?
I have never been in prison. The closest thing for me was boot camp. But I know people who have, some who have done hard time. It changes you. In Manning's case that takes on a different meaning.
We've been awaiting the final hour pardons. I must say I didn't see this one coming. While not actually a pardon, it will at the very least get Manning out of prison.
That's good news. There hasn't been a lot as of late.