Chelsea Manning is exactly the kind of soldier my army needs. My army will be lethal and highly-dangerous to make war with, yet mine shall be an army of peace, committed to well-digging and bridge-building and road construction wherever needed, clearing brush for Doctors Without Border camps, peacekeeping in areas under dispute and negotiation, patrolling …
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My Army Includes Chelsea Manning

Chelsea Manning is exactly the kind of soldier my army needs.

My army will be lethal and highly-dangerous to make war with, yet mine shall be an army of peace, committed to well-digging and bridge-building and road construction wherever needed, clearing brush for Doctors Without Border camps, peacekeeping in areas under dispute and negotiation, patrolling wild regions for poachers of endangered restricted animals, and swarming beaches to rescue beached whales; above all, my army shall be a friend to all and win respect and acclaim for its work, and pray each day to noever have to win respect for its war. My army shall welcome all who wish to devote their energy, their time, their brains, their brawn to the public good, and to seek adventure and knowledge and self-knowledge through peace.

Chelsea Manning is a leader and above the rank of private in my army; if she were my private I would promote her to general, because I seek and we need the kind of leader who stands up when her conscience questions what she witnesses.

Our armies lack conscience; mine shall seek conscience, and reward it as a merit and virtue in the soldier of the future.