'Enemy combatant' tag could pay dividends for this country

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board Published: April 23, 2013
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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.


by The Oklahoman Editorial Board
The Oklahoman Editorial Board consists of Gary Pierson, President and CEO of The Oklahoma Publishing Company; Christopher P. Reen, president and publisher of The Oklahoman; Kelly Dyer Fry, editor and vice president of news; Christy Gaylord...
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