Manning jailed while Iraq war's instigators go free

Sometimes I worry about our American value system and how it is expressed in our legal system. Pfc. Bradley Manning has just been sentenced for his role in the release of sensitive security data and we are desperate to apprehend Edward Snowden for similar activity ("Bradley Manning sentenced to 35 years in WikiLeaks case," Aug. 22). At the same time, we have never brought President George W Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and other members of the Bush Administration to trial for their actions which brought about the Bush War in Iraq.

We had no cause or reason to attack Iraq. The Bush war has cost this country many lives and an immense amount of taxpayer money. The Bush war also cost the people of Iraq even more and it has caused the destabilization of the whole region. Almost everyone has been negatively impacted if only by increased taxes and an increased sense of vulnerability. Members of the Bush administration appear to be among those who have benefited by what would otherwise be thought of as a complete debacle. They have written books and gone on the talk show and speaker circuits. They have never been held accountable for their actions.

Private Manning is paying for his actions, as will Mr. Snowden, but the real engineers of the disastrous foray in Iraq are free and profiting from their crimes. Is it any wonder that so many are cynical about how the system works?

Edward McCarey McDonnell, Baltimore

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