State Department Spokesman, P.J. Crowley, resigned his post after saying to a group of journaliststhat the treatment of Bradley Manning was "ridiculous and counterproductive and stupid." Manning is the former intelligence analyst being held in solitary confinement without charges but suspected of having passed on a large cache of documents to Wikileaks. His underwear and other items have been taken from him--a move that he and his lawyers claim is totally unnecessary and that he is not suicidal as the brig commander says.This treatment is "ridiculous and counterproductive and stupid." About time someone said so.This put me in mind of a somewhat similar but less clear-cutcase: The resignation of two Schillers (not related) at NPR. Ron Schiller said critical things about the Tea Party, including that they were racists. No doubt, he should have said "some" are racists. His boss, Vivian Schiller subsequently resigned over his remarks.Seems counterproductive for people who tell the truth to resign their posts to save face for higher ups. Let the higher ups fire them if they don't like what they're saying!
Margaret O'Brien Steinfels, a former editor of Commonweal, writes frequently in these pages.