Americans have been conducting a very robust debate on foreign policy over the past decade, upon which the elections of 2004, 2006 and 2008 may have all turned. The WikiLeaks documents have added virtually nothing to that debate. Outside the relatively small circle of people in the military and the diplomatic corps directly affected or endangered by the revelations, the general public has shown no interest in the documents' actual contents beyond the considerations that were already widely known.
American policy is often questionable and should always be questioned. That is no excuse for what Manning did. Loyalty to country still means something, and remains both a virtue and a duty. Manning's just punishment will remind all Americans of this fact if they have forgotten.
— The Washington Examiner