"Who's playing politics with the Boston bombing?" That question was posed by many journalists, including me, almost immediately after the marathon attack, when a few Washington politicians tried to exploit the tragedy.
Some Republicans said the terrorist strike should raise questions about immigration reform. Certain Democrats said "sequestration" spending cuts (and by inference, the GOP) would hurt Boston's recovery. It was shameful.
But let's be clear: "No politics" does not mean "no accountability." Congress must launch, and the White House must accommodate, a full and fair review of what the U.S. government knew about the two Boston Marathon suspects and what, if anything could have been done to prevent it.
If mistakes were made, admit them "“ and learn from it.
Early reports suggest there is a dangerous lack of communication between federal agencies, which actually isn't a surprise. A federal audit in January warned there is a "high risk" that the government's information-sharing system would not prevent a terror attack, the Boston Globe reports.
We also know that the FBI conducted a preliminary inquiry into Tamerlan Tsarnaev after Russia's state security warned the bureau in 2011 that he was an increasingly radical Islamist prepared to leave the United States to join terrorist groups in Dagestan. (Tsarnaev, one of two brothers suspected in the Boston attacks, died during a firefight with police.)