Letter: Crass opportunism
After the bombings at the Boston Marathon, U.S. citizens quickly ran to the aid of the victims. U.S. first responders arrived at the scene quickly and moved to help victims and secure the area. U.S. police forces both in Boston and the FBI did quick work in identifying and tracking down the suspects of the bombing. U.S. citizens then shared information that allowed the suspects to be apprehended.
Everything went well until some U.S. senators got involved. Without any knowledge or facts on the ground Republicans, starting with Lindsey Graham along with our own Kelly Ayotte, started posturing and grandstanding, demanding that the two suspects be categorized as “enemy combatants,” thus turning a great American response into a chance to thump their chests and politicize the situation. Thankfully, our president dismissed their crass political opportunism out of hand.
I have full confidence that our U.S. justice system will do the job it needs to do to make sure that due process is followed and justice is done. Too bad our U.S. senator doesn’t have that kind of confidence in this great country, its laws, its institutions and its people.