After a three year court-martial ended in a conviction on 17 counts of theft, espionage and other alleged crimes against the interests of the American public, Pfc. Bradley Manning, the admitted source of the largest classified leak in U.S. history, is still free.
Encouraging politicians to seek seemingly low-cost, Olympian solutions to complex human problems—like Zeus hurling thunderbolts from the sky—has fostered fantasies of illimitable power emboldened by contempt for human life. But the mortals on the receiving end have shown surprising strength in frustrating the designs of the air power gods. The fact requires explanation.