Say what you want about the left, but they hold their leaders to standards that the right can only dream of. What is happening to Bradley Manning pales in comparison to what Bush was authorizing on a regular basis to be done to hundreds of captives we had in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Guantanamo.
And yet, the outrage on the left against Obama is orders of magnitude greater than anything we saw from Republicans against their president. Republicans during the Bush era made apologizing and rationalizing their leader's blunders and excesses into an Olympic sport.
This is something conservatives should learn from the left. The next time your "small government" leaders try to expand entitlements, subsidize business with government money, or go on reckless foreign policy adventures, revolt against them!
This advice might be especially prescient given the situation in the Middle East and the fact that every GOP candidate for president apparently thinks we should have intervened militarily in Libya and Iran to help anti-government forces. Have none of them learned anything over the last decade?