Defense Secretary Ash Carter came head-to-head with former President Barack Obama on one major political decision made recently.

The head of the Pentagon recently stated that he “strongly opposed” the decision made by Obama on the issue.

Obama has typically run against recommendations made by the Pentagon in the past, which leaves no surprise as to why Secretary Carter is opposed to his sentence commuting of war criminal and transgendered individual “Chelsea” Manning.

The Daily Caller News Foundation reports:

Defense Secretary Ash Carter strongly opposed President Barack Obama’s decision to commute the sentence of former Army soldier and transgender person Chelsea Manning, in effect allowing Manning to walk free on May 17.

A U.S. official said that Carter opposed the decision in no uncertain terms, even though the administration in the end pushed the move through for two main reasons, the first being that Manning had already served seven years and the second that Manning showed remorse and accepted responsibility, according to ABC News.

Manning was a former Army intelligence officer who was tried and convicted in 2013 for releasing intelligence documents to the public.

Manning was sentenced to 35 years in jail, but Obama only made her serve a fraction.

The Daily Caller News Foundation reports:

Manning, a former Army intelligence analyst, was convicted and sentenced in 2013 to 35 years in prison for leaking hundreds of thousands of documents about U.S. military’s activities in Afghanistan and Iraq to WikiLeaks.

Obama released Manning under the pretense that the criminal’s life was in danger, as she supposedly attempted suicide a number of times while in prison.

Liberals are claiming that Obama has saved Manning’s life by commuting her sentence.

While liberals are clinging to the ideology that Obama is doing the right thing by releasing the supposedly depressed Manning from prison, many conservatives are siding with Defense Secretary Carter on the matter.

The Daily Caller News Foundation reports:

House Speaker Paul Ryan derided the decision as creating a precedent that leakers who endanger the safety of Americans won’t have to serve a full sentence for what they’ve done.

“This is outrageous,” Ryan said. “Chelsea Manning’s treachery put American lives at risk and exposed some of our nation’s most sensitive secrets.”

GOP Sen. John McCain, chairman of the Senate Committee on Armed Services, echoed Ryan’s sentiments.

“I’m stunned,” McCain said. “President Obama’s commutation of Chelsea Manning’s sentence is a grave mistake that I fear will encourage further acts of espionage and undermine military discipline. It also devalues the courage of real whistle-blowers who have used proper channels to hold our government accountable.”

Like Senator McCain, Defense Secretary Carter is concerned that the lenient punishment given by Obama to Manning will encourage other acts of espionage or treason to be carried out by extremists.

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