“The force of days”: Manning’s 35 very long years
Thirty five years is not 90 years. Nor is it 60, nor 136. So, indeed, for anyone looking flatly at numbers, it could have been so much worse for Pfc. Manning.
But sheer numerical comparison doesn't pass muster when addressing Manning's sentence. In actuality, these numbers carry in them the weight of years -- homogenous dark years, locked in a cell. For Manning, the matter now is time, presented and handed down to him within two minutes: the cold, hard but ineffable fact of over three decades in prison.