State Department Spokesman “Stepping Down” After Commenting On Treatment Of Bradley Manning

It was just Friday that I noted the surprising comments that Chief State Department Spokesman P.J. Crowley had made over the treatment of Pfc. Bradley Manning in captivity. Today, we learn that Crowley is leaving his post:

P.J. Crowley is abruptly stepping down as State Department spokesman under pressure from White House officials because of controversial comments he made last week about the Bradley Manning case, CNN has learned from senior officials familiar with the matter.

Sudden, but not all that surprising.

 

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Comments

  1. JKB says:

    It’s almost like he forgot who was in charge.

    Rail against the man. Who da man? We da man. Man, oh man, I’m gonna get canned.

  2. An Interested Party says:

    Will we need another Watergate before Congress finally steps in and reins in the Executive Branch? I hope Dick Cheney is happy with what he helped to bring forth, and all he and others needed for that was the fear of the scary terrorists…

  3. I see the administration is continuing the Bush era “BLAH BLAH BLAH I CAN’T HEAR YOU” policy towards investigating allegations of abuse of detainees.

  4. Tlaloc says:

    There’s really nothing that could ever motivate me to vote for Obama, and I’m glad i had nothing to do with his election in 2008. That’s not to say I’ll vote for his opponent since there’s essentially no chance of the GOP putting up anyone who isn’t also completely corrupt.

    God, sometimes I hate this country.

  5. jwest says:

    “God, sometimes I hate this country.”

    Judging from Michelle Obama’s comments, she’s in perfect agreement with you.

  6. Michael says:

    God, sometimes I hate this country.

    Our country, may she always be right, but right or wrong, our country.
    — Stephen Decatur

  7. James in LA says:

    Meanwhile, Spain is proceeding with gitmo torture prosecutions:

    http://jonathanturley.org/2011/03/13/spanish-judges-rule-that-u-s-torture-case-can-proceed

    O’ccomplice had better change his tune quick or join W and dead-eye dick in not being able to leave his home state for fear of arrest.

  8. An Interested Party says:

    Judging from Michelle Obama’s comments, she’s in perfect agreement with you.

    ODS strikes yet again…it’s almost like Tourette’s with some people…

  9. Our country, may she always be right, but right or wrong, our country.
    – Stephen Decatur

    “‘My country, right or wrong,’ is a thing that no patriot would think of saying except in a desperate case. It is like saying, ‘My mother, drunk or sober.’ No doubt if a decent man’s mother took to drink he would share her troubles to the last; but to talk as if he would be in a state of gay indifference as to whether his mother took to drink or not is certainly not the language of men who know the great mystery.” — G. K. Chesterton

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