After saying emphatically that trying Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in a federal civilian court is the only option because the 19-year-old bombing suspect is a U.S. citizen, White House press secretary Jay Carney on Monday added that President Barack Obama’s inner-circle has his back on the decision.
“The entire national security team is in agreement on this approach,” Carney said during a press briefing, after noting that it’s a “matter that’s decided by the Department of Justice.”
Republicans, notably Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and John McCain (R-AZ), have argued that Tsarnaev should be treated as an enemy combatant.
WHY? God Almighty, why? If he’s an enemy combatant, then there’s an enemy, which I guess in this case would be Chechnya, another shitless place for us to kick the shit out of? Except a) they’re American so we bomb ourselves now? and b) Russia probably is jonesing for something to do and so us blowing up stuff on their continent is not going to be taken well.
I do not GET this. We already have a system to deal with enemy combatants who are US citizens who do stupid shit, and it’s called the justice system, because they’re called CRIMINALS. Not everybody who does something heinous gets a special name, even if the news has seen fit to give them a theme song.