Of course, Manning “should receive” the Nobel Peace Prize, right?

posted at 5:31 pm on March 30, 2013 by Jazz Shaw

We first brought you rumors of this story more than a year ago, but at the time I was clearly skeptical to say the least. Several concerned do-gooders around the world were positing the idea that Wikileaker and – now – essentially confessed traitor, Bradley Manning, should be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Fortunately, I thought, this was the fever swamp thinking of those who would only be found in widely scattered, anarchist enclaves. (Or possibly Chris Hayes’ apartment in Manhattan.) But I didn’t expect to see it in… West Virginia?

Whistleblower Bradley Manning has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, and he should receive it.

No individual has done more to push back against what Martin Luther King Jr. called “the madness of militarism” than Bradley Manning. The United States is the leading exporter of weapons and itself spends as much preparing for more wars as the rest of the world combined. Manning is the leading actor in opposition to U.S. warmaking, and therefore militarism around the world.

Well, that’s certainly some pretty heady stuff. But before we send out the Center for Disease Control to see if something has gotten into the water supply in Wheeling, it’s worth noting that the author, David Swanson, is the host of Talk Nation Radio and the author of books such as… well, some book at least. But still, this is taking place in West Virginia, so the fever is clearly reaching airborne transmission status.

But for the moment, let’s take this seriously. It’s not just this one guy saying it, as Swanson notes in his editorial. There are numerous, prestigious people and groups getting on board the Manning Nobel train. Who does this include again?

Manning has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by the Movement in the Icelandic Parliament, the Pirates of the EU; representatives from the Swedish Pirate Party, and the former Secretary of State in Tunisia for Sport & Youth.

I may have to take it all back. I thought this was just some sort of lark up until now, but if the former Tunisian Secretary for Sport & Youth is on board, there clearly may be something to this. Okay… you’ve got our attention. Why should Manning get this award?

“These revelations have fueled democratic uprisings around the world, including a democratic revolution in Tunisia. According to journalists, his alleged actions helped motivate the democratic Arab Spring movements, shed light on secret corporate influence on the foreign and domestic policies of European nations, and most recently contributed to the Obama Administration agreeing to withdraw all U.S. troops from the occupation in Iraq.”

Well, sure, Manning was the cause of the Arab Spring, (which began in 2010) and he led to the collapse of the Eurozone, natch. But leading to Obama’s withdrawing from Iraq? Manning was arrested in May of 2010. Obama was promising to get us out of Iraq before his first election. Look, I’ve always been a huge fan of Manning for his invention of the internet, and I’ll keep using it even today. But it’s difficult to credit him with the invention of the time machine and going back several years to influence Barack Obama.

Yet, anyway.


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If by “Nobel Prize” you mean firing squad, then I agree 100%

john1schn on March 30, 2013 at 5:35 PM

Maybe some kind of award for investigative journalism, if only by default as God knows he doesn’t have any competition in the MSM.

VorDaj on March 30, 2013 at 5:36 PM

He would be in good company, right?

ShadowsPawn on March 30, 2013 at 5:36 PM

Manning should get something from Nobel. I say it’s eight inches long, has a fuse, and goes BOOM!

Liam on March 30, 2013 at 5:41 PM

I think he should receive the Nobel Peace Prize simply by virtue of being gay. Isn’t that enough?

Curtiss on March 30, 2013 at 5:42 PM

Does anyone even care about the Nobel Prize for Peace anymore? It’s been a sick joke for a long time but when they gave it to Barky for being a black Precedent they jumped the shark on that one.

If the Nobel Committee tried to name me as the recipient of a Nobel Peace Prize I’d sue them for slander.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on March 30, 2013 at 5:44 PM

How about “20 years at hard labor” instead?

mojo on March 30, 2013 at 5:45 PM

He should face a hangman’s noose, but he won’t.

Steven Den Beste on March 30, 2013 at 5:45 PM

According to journalists, his alleged actions helped motivate the democratic Arab Spring movements, shed light on secret corporate influence on the foreign and domestic policies of European nations, and most recently contributed to the Obama Administration agreeing to withdraw all U.S. troops from the occupation in Iraq.

Perfect. He can be awarded an ‘alleged’ Peace Prize, then.

James on March 30, 2013 at 5:46 PM

They gave the Nobel Peace Prize to Obama for what??? Nothing would surprise me with this outfit.

Speaking of surprises and Obama, guess what our pathetic leader did today:

U.S. government spokesperson on UN Arms Treaty, “United States would vote “yes” on the treaty”

Rovin on March 30, 2013 at 5:47 PM

Why stop there?

How about the Congressional M E D A L O F H O N O R?

Robert_Paulson on March 30, 2013 at 5:50 PM

/ sarcasm

Robert_Paulson on March 30, 2013 at 5:51 PM

Considering they gave one to the terrorist & anti_Semite Yasir Arafat, he’d be in the same company.

rbj on March 30, 2013 at 5:52 PM

The military’s prosecution of cases is dismal. They allow the defense to age these cases knowing it will benefit their clients. Why isn’t this guy and the Ft Hood terrorist in Leavenworth serving their sentences or awaiting execution?

Blake on March 30, 2013 at 5:53 PM

If by “Nobel Peace Prize” you mean firing squad, then yes.

Dan_Yul on March 30, 2013 at 6:01 PM

There an echo in here?

john1schn on March 30, 2013 at 6:04 PM

The world is truly upside down.

Problem is that righting it is going to be a damned bloody business.

turfmann on March 30, 2013 at 6:05 PM

They misspelled it. Isn’t the prize he’s up for the Nobel Piece Prize?

unclesmrgol on March 30, 2013 at 6:05 PM

Of course, Manning “should receive” the Nobel Peace Prize, right?

Give the award to KOOLAID2 instead.

22044 on March 30, 2013 at 6:06 PM

The Nobel Peace Prize has been a bad joke for years. Manning deserves it as much as Barack Obama, Al Gore and Jimmy Carter did. It is a parody unto itself. It should be the Nobel Prize for advancing socialism and hating America.

simkeith on March 30, 2013 at 6:11 PM

The more praise he gets, the more drastic his punishment will have to be to deter copycats. Don’t think the military doesn’t know that.

S. Weasel on March 30, 2013 at 6:12 PM

At this point, I’ve got more respect for the prize in a box of Froot Loops. They could give it to Al Gore for all I care…Oh, wait.

RadClown on March 30, 2013 at 6:20 PM

Arafat, algor, Obama…

Good company for Manning.

Logus on March 30, 2013 at 6:31 PM

How about instead we give him Stan Lee’s famous “No Prize” award?

Excelsior!

Logus on March 30, 2013 at 6:32 PM

Arafat, algor, Obama…

Good company for Manning.

Logus on March 30, 2013 at 6:31 PM

Sadat also got one … and then Mubarak, who did little but carry on Sadat’s policies, was demonized by the same leftists who worshipped Sadat. Typical for the left. They had loved Q’Daffy until their fashion for dictators changed and they found a group even more anti-American and anti-Western than Q’Daffy. And the chinless Assad was “a real reformer” according to the dems very recently …

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on March 30, 2013 at 6:37 PM

They misspelled it. Isn’t the prize he’s up for the Nobel Piecep*ss Prize?

unclesmrgol on March 30, 2013 at 6:05 PM

FIFY

chemman on March 30, 2013 at 6:40 PM

Everybody knows how important the Nobel is these days, with such notable “laureates,” as ‘bammy, etc. Here’s an idea: award the damn thing to him, and put the actual medal in his coffin. If his traitorous carcass has to stay above-ground for a few months ’til such “honor,” is bestowed, then so be it.

DrScottMD on March 30, 2013 at 6:40 PM

Huh? This guy is still breathing?? What am I missing?

Valkyriepundit on March 30, 2013 at 6:41 PM

Knowing the Nobel Prize Committee, they might actually award him with the Peace Prize, knowing full well that it would make the U.S. government pressure the military to go light on him during sentencing.

It would be a naked political move, and annihilate whatever legitmacy the Peace Prize might have still had after all these years of awarding murderers and charlatans.

mintycrys on March 30, 2013 at 6:46 PM

So if he wins the Peace Prize I guess the death penalty is off the table?

Cindy Munford on March 30, 2013 at 6:47 PM

Dingbat says something stupid and inflammatory to seek attention.

But to the topic: At this point who cares except for people who need to be told what to think? The Nobel has no credibility After Arafat, Gore and Obama.

kim roy on March 30, 2013 at 6:47 PM

It’ll look good on his rental application for Solitary Confinement Gardens. Let him have it.

Limerick on March 30, 2013 at 6:48 PM

Of course, Manning “should receive” the Nobel Peace Prize, right?

Give the award to KOOLAID2 instead.

Meh. A prize from Cracker Jacks would be too good a reward to receive.

In a just world Mannings prize would be made of hot lead.

hawkeye54 on March 30, 2013 at 6:48 PM

Wait a minute, how is Manning more worthy than the Kardashians? They are on the covers of so many magazines in the grocery sotre they have to have collectively lowered the IQ, common sense and motivation of the average American with a resulting significant amount of damage to the US military complex.

I nominate the Kardashians to join the esteemed company of Barack Obama and the European Union. The prize might even cover a spa day for them.

talkingpoints on March 30, 2013 at 6:48 PM

Manning should receive the Nobel Peace Prize. It will highlight how politicized the award has become and how absolutely worthless it is. It will also place Manning and Obama on the same level.

Wendya on March 30, 2013 at 6:49 PM

Certainly he’s done as much as some others could mention to deserve the Nobel Peace prize.

Knott Buyinit on March 30, 2013 at 6:49 PM

So if he wins the Peace Prize I guess the death penalty is off the table?

Yes it is. If he wins the Peace Prize, it will be immediately be followed by a cordial and enthusiastic invitation from Barry to join his admin as our new “World Peace Czar”.

hawkeye54 on March 30, 2013 at 6:51 PM

Of course, Manning “should receive” the Nobel Peace Prize, right?

Give the award to KOOLAID2 instead.

22044 on March 30, 2013 at 6:06 PM

…w h y ?
…because I would hang him from his pecker…instead of his neck?

KOOLAID2 on March 30, 2013 at 6:53 PM

hawkeye54 on March 30, 2013 at 6:51 PM

Barry better watch out, blabbing secrets is cool until they are your secrets.

Cindy Munford on March 30, 2013 at 6:57 PM

Why not? Its not like it means anything to anyone other than the fringe left. The nobel peace prize is a joke that carries no honor.

Ellis on March 30, 2013 at 7:01 PM

How appropriate would it be to hand him the “prize” just seconds before the firing squad pulls their triggers.

Rovin on March 30, 2013 at 7:12 PM

He should, however comma………

It should be reduced to a size that will fit into the hollow point* of a bullet, then inserted cranialy at high velocity via his rectum.

He’d damn sure be in appropriate company considering past recipients.

*note: this could also be achieved by simply taping it to a 155mm howitzer round and inserted as described above.

RealMc on March 30, 2013 at 7:14 PM

Every fourth year they ought to give it to an American traitor, as they started the tradition in 2009 …

ShainS on March 30, 2013 at 7:15 PM

Barry got one so why not him? Both have done things treasonous.

Dingbat63 on March 30, 2013 at 7:15 PM

Whistleblower Bradley Manning has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, and he should receive it.

If by “Nobel Peace Prize” you mean a 155 grain, .40 caliber Speer Gold Dot projectile travelling at 1,200 feet per second, why yes, yes, he absolutely should receive one.

M240H on March 30, 2013 at 7:23 PM

If makes perfect sense. If murdering coward Ted Kennedy can be buried in the hallowed ground of Arlington and if John Kerry can be awarded the Purple Heart for a self-inflicted gunshot wound, why can’t Bradley Manning be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize?

MaiDee on March 30, 2013 at 7:36 PM

If makes perfect sense. If murdering coward Ted Kennedy can be buried in the hallowed ground of Arlington and if John Kerry can be awarded the Purple Heart for a self-inflicted gunshot wound,- why can’t Bradley Manning be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize?

MaiDee on March 30, 2013 at 7:37 PM

Well, he meets the Nobel committee’s requirements: He’s not George W. Bush.

RoadRunner on March 30, 2013 at 7:40 PM

I meant to add, “That’s all it took for President Choom to get one.”

RoadRunner on March 30, 2013 at 7:41 PM

I think he should receive the Nobel Peace Prize simply by virtue of being gay. Isn’t that enough?

Curtiss on March 30, 2013 at 5:42 PM

That would be fabulous!
OT/ Why didn’t anyone in the press dig up who his lover was? They can go thru Palin’s or Romney’s garbage trying to Frankenstein something together. Why not interview the lover who shafted him..no pun intended, to find out just what kind of person ms manning is?
Oh I know…he’d never talk. Gay Code. That said, it’s still odd that no one would find it interesting to talk with the lover an confidant of a traitor to the country.

Mimzey on March 30, 2013 at 7:41 PM

Manning is going to get a “prize” all right. Only Manning is going to be the “piece”.

GarandFan on March 30, 2013 at 7:50 PM

Whistleblower Bradley Manning has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, and he should receive it.

If by “Nobel Peace Prize” you mean I get to attach him by his ankles to one end of a sling leg and affix the other end to the cargo hook of a Blackhawk and take him on a terrain NOE flight , why yes, yes, he absolutely should receive one.

M240H on March 30, 2013 at 8:11 PM

OT/ Why didn’t anyone in the press dig up who his lover was?
Mimzey on March 30, 2013 at 7:41 PM

Bawney….

ScottG on March 30, 2013 at 8:12 PM

Does the Nobel Peace Prize Committee really want to waste this year on Manning and offend their dear friend working for peace in North Korea?

viking01 on March 30, 2013 at 8:19 PM

He’s gay, he hates this country, and he’s got American and ally blood on his hands..Of course he deserves a Nobel peace prize, he’s met the criteria, and more.

Speakup on March 30, 2013 at 8:39 PM

Well, consider the criteria for a Nobel Peace Prize in recent decades.

He should receive it.

HitNRun on March 30, 2013 at 8:57 PM

He should face a hangman’s noose, but he won’t.

Steven Den Beste on March 30, 2013 at 5:45 PM

Nah. Never happen.

98ZJUSMC on March 30, 2013 at 9:00 PM

He’s gay, he hates this country, and he’s got American and ally blood on his hands..Of course he deserves a Nobel peace prize, he’s met the criteria, and more.

Speakup on March 30, 2013 at 8:39 PM

So, he’ll be running in one of the Democratic Congressional races then.

Sweet.

98ZJUSMC on March 30, 2013 at 9:01 PM

bush signed the iraq withdrawal schedule before obama took office so obamas promises on that are as empty as usual.
obama was awarded the NPP for what they hOPED he might do, so the committee probably will award it to manning for what he HAS done.
then we should televise his execution with the NPP propped up beside him.

dmacleo on March 30, 2013 at 9:03 PM

He should, however comma………

It should be reduced to a size that will fit into the hollow point* of a bullet, then inserted cranialy at high velocity via his rectum.

He’d damn sure be in appropriate company considering past recipients.

*note: this could also be achieved by simply taping it to a 155mm howitzer round and inserted as described above.

RealMc on March 30, 2013 at 7:14 PM

an white phosphorus grenade blasted near him would be better.

dmacleo on March 30, 2013 at 9:06 PM

Qualifications:

Treasonous towards the United States? Check.

No appreciable good resulting from his act? Check.

Not George W. Bush? Check.

It’s all wrapped up folks. Norway’s got their next Peace Prize winner.

BKennedy on March 30, 2013 at 9:43 PM

…w h y ?
…because I would hang him from his pecker…instead of his neck?

KOOLAID2 on March 30, 2013 at 6:53 PM

Trying to set up a running meme to give you all the awards Hot Gas blogs about, since you posted the first nine comments on a previous Noble Peace Prize related blog about a year ago. :)

22044 on March 30, 2013 at 10:21 PM

22044 on March 30, 2013 at 10:21 PM

(:->)

KOOLAID2 on March 30, 2013 at 10:29 PM

obama was awarded the NPP for what they hOPED he might do, so the committee probably will award it to manning for what he HAS done.
then we should televise his execution with the NPP propped up beside him.

dmacleo on March 30, 2013 at 9:03 PM

I’d prefer a first-person view from a shoulder-mounted camera as he’s thrown out of a plane at maximum altitude.

MelonCollie on March 30, 2013 at 10:59 PM

Manning should receive the Nobel Peace Prize

If that is some new colloquialism for “blindfold and cigarette”, I totally agree.

Buddahpundit on March 30, 2013 at 11:00 PM

Sunlight is the best disinfectant for corruption and our government is corrupt to its very core. Bradley Manning is a martyr and a hero as significant as Daniel Ellsberg.

woodNfish on March 31, 2013 at 12:18 AM

The United States is the leading exporter of weapons and itself spends as much preparing for more wars as the rest of the world combined.

And that is why there hasn’t been a real apocalyptic blowout since 1945, you self loathing simpering useful idiot.

God Bless America!

(I’m a Canuck, BTW)

Alberta_Patriot on March 31, 2013 at 1:11 AM

Giving him the Peace Prize would be the same as giving praise to the Chicago Tribune for telling the worls we broke the Japanese secret code during WW II causing the deaths of many of our men.

mixplix on March 31, 2013 at 5:06 AM

Here’s my suggestion to the Nobel Prize Committee:

We will finish Manning’s trial, at which time, barring some unexpected outcome, he will be found guilty. He will be sentenced to death, and sent at Fort Leavenworth to await his execution. Upon arrival at his new home, he will be placed in general population, where he can wait for the awarding of the Nobel Prize for Peace.

While he is waiting, he can expect to be gang-raped over…and over…and over…with the stipulation to the general population that they can do whatever they want to him, except kill him. Once he is given the award, the warden will take possession of it for safeguarding, and of course, sign a hand receipt for it.

Finally, his death sentence will be carried out…hanging should suffice…and then the warden can return Manning’s Peace Prize award to the Committee, saving it for the next foolish, ignorant young American “warrior” who decides their balls are big enough to do something like this again.

grumpy_old_soldier on March 31, 2013 at 7:46 AM

Well, they gave it to Obama so clearly the Nobel Peace Prize is a meaningless gesture. Might as well give it to Manning — or to my cat for that matter, just a great a contribution as Obama, and my cat is also Black.

clippermiami on March 31, 2013 at 8:04 AM

Manning should receive the Nobel Peace Prize

If that is some new colloquialism for “blindfold and cigarette”, I totally agree.

Buddahpundit on March 30, 2013 at 11:00 PM

Right. His “peace” prize should be a “piece” of lead in the back of the head.

farsighted on March 31, 2013 at 8:10 AM

Manning is the leading actor in opposition to U.S. warmaking, and therefore militarism around the world.

We are being condemned for toppling Saddam and his regime — one of the most oppressive, cruel, brutal, and murderous regimes of last quarter of the 20th century — and for toppling the Taliban after they aided an abetted the 9-11 attack. And rather than just butcher and bolt we stayed and tried to help build a decent country in those places. The self-flagellating condemnation is even coming from within our own country.

This should be a lesson to the US about how no good deed goes unpunished and the wages of trying to help oppressed and tortured people, especially in the ME and in Asia.

Anyone really wondering about why the Norks are feeling their oats and behaving so aggressively? The bad guys of the world know we no longer have the will to oppose them, other than by dropping a few bombs, and that we have a very weak leader who is nothing but rhetoric, a true paper tiger. Also, we are unilaterally weakening our nation’s defenses and the ability to project power. If they have any sense at all the bad guys of the world will start making their moves in the next couple/few years. Many will because they are all by nature ruthless opportunists.

farsighted on March 31, 2013 at 8:22 AM

LOL ….. the peace prize …. ya know I keep waiting for them to rename that silly thing to ….THE LIBERAL IDIOT OF THE YEAR AWARD ….truth in advertising and all that

Aggie95 on March 31, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Word now is he may be edged out by Dennis Rodman……….

RealMc on March 31, 2013 at 9:08 AM

Since the Nobel Peace Prize doesn’t actually mean anything anymore, why not? Maybe he’ll have competition from Kim Jong Un or Ahmajinedad — hell, just give it to Assad!

JayVee on March 31, 2013 at 12:09 PM

If, by “Nobel Peace Prize”, you mean trebuchet ride, then of course, by all means.

S. D. on March 31, 2013 at 2:28 PM

I still wonder what blithering idiot gave the keys to the complete file of all secrets to a 19 year old kid? We know teenagers are going to screw up. That’s why we don’t trust them with the fate of the world. But some mouth breather thought it was a good idea to hand PFC Manning the entire collection of all secrets. I guess we should be happy they didn’t hand the nuclear launch codes to a 17 year old girl with relationship problems. Then again, the morons in charge just might have.

Snake307 on March 31, 2013 at 3:37 PM

Considering the recipients of the last few Nobel Peace Prize winners, awarding it has become a meaningless bit of political theater. Sure, give it to Bradley Manning. It’s worthless, but maybe it will give him some comfort in the last years of his life at Leavenworth.

RebeccaH on March 31, 2013 at 4:10 PM

The Nobel Peace Prize committee gave the award to a world renowned terrorist once. Then they gave it to Obummer before he committed what would have been considered thousands of war crimes under the 2008 liberal rules of war..which..apparently is no longer an issue to then anymore.

That they would consider giving it to a traitor seems almost natural at this point.

HotAirian on March 31, 2013 at 4:36 PM