Also, conservative Republicans like to defer to the military. So the idea of turning Tsarnaev over to the military to face questioning, a trial in a military court and punishment according to military rules is more appealing than handing him over to the ACLU or some other group of do-gooder, coddling lawyers.
But seriously, either we have the rule of law or we don’t. The terrorist suspect is a U.S. citizen who committed crimes in the United States. What other option does President Obama have in this case? We always rant when Obama calls an audible and ignores or adjusts the Constitution to his liking, so how can we expect him to ignore Tsarnaev’s citizenship or the bothersome applicable laws that the president is sworn to uphold? If we need new laws to deal with U.S. terrorists in the United States in the future, Congress should write them. This isn’t the last attack the United States will suffer at the hands of other Americans. Congress should decide what is needed to better deal with home-grown terrorists in the future, and Republicans should lead the charge if we need to strengthen our legal defenses.
And by the way, it suits me if Tsarnaev ends up spending the rest of his life in an American county jail or some state prison, rather than hermetically sealed in a tidy federal facility getting visits and care packages from the International Red Cross.