Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., urged the president to do so. Some parties on the left, and a few libertarian Republicans, who don't believe the war on terror is being waged in this country were sure to protest such a designation, but Obama should have taken this step.
Instead the White House said Monday that Tsarnaev wouldn't be tried as an enemy combatant. Coming from an administration reluctant to even use words such as “terrorist,” the move was predictable but still disappointing. King is correct when he says America “is part of the battleground.” The sooner our leaders realize that the better.