Obama got him! Osama Bin Laden Dead

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a brief address to the nation and the world, President Barack Obama announced that Osama Bin Laden has been killed in Pakistan. They’ve got the body, his death is confirmed.

Almost ten years after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the mastermind of those attacks is dead. I think the President’s national security cred has just jumped a bit. I am sure the folks over at Fox News will try to spin this as being the result of the Republican takeover of the House.

VIDEO: President Barack Obama’s Remarks:

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UPDATED: Orange County Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (CA-47), a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, released the following statement.

“I congratulate our armed forces, intelligence community and President Obama for bringing Osama Bin Laden to justice,” said Sanchez.  “It has taken nearly ten years to capture Americas most wanted terrorist, and the brave and relentless actions of our military are nothing short of heroic. Tonight my thoughts and prayers are with the victims and families who suffered from the horrific events of September 11th. As the global fight on terrorism continues, let this reaffirm that the United States is committed to the relentless pursuit of any and all who seek to do harm to the U.S. and our allies.”

A prominent national Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization today welcomed the announcement of the elimination of Osama bin Laden as a threat to America and the world.

In a statement issued following President Obama’s announcement of bin Laden’s death, the Greater Los Angeles Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) said:

“We join our fellow citizens in welcoming the announcement that Osama bin Laden has been eliminated as a threat to our nation and the world through the actions of American military personnel. As we have stated repeatedly since the 9/11 terror attacks, bin Laden never represented Muslims or Islam. In fact, in addition to the killing of thousands of Americans, he and Al Qaeda caused the deaths of countless Muslims worldwide. We also reiterate President Obama’s clear statement tonight that the United States is not at war with Islam.”

CAIR coordinated one of the first joint American Muslim statements condemning the 9/11 terror attacks, issued just hours after they occurred

To read about CAIR’s anti-terror initiatives, go to:
http://www.cair.com/AmericanMuslims/AntiTerrorism.aspx  

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

Gloating Now

The reporting on this preempted the broadcast of Donald Trump‘s reality show The Apprentice. He’s got to be pissed. It is expected by liberal political analysts that Trump will be demanding the long-form version of the Death Certificate. Michele Bachmann will likely claim that this is proof that Obama is a Muslim. After all, it takes a Muslim to catch a Muslim, right?

Waiting for Obama to put on a flight suit and land on the Aircraft Carrier USS George H.W. Bush somewhere off the coast of Kenya.

Okay, enough gloating. This is a great day for America, and the world.\

Below is the transcript from President Obama’s remarks:

East Room, The White House

11:35 P.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT:  Good evening.  Tonight, I can report to the American people and to the world that the United States has conducted an operation that killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of al Qaeda, and a terrorist who’s responsible for the murder of thousands of innocent men, women, and children.

It was nearly 10 years ago that a bright September day was darkened by the worst attack on the American people in our history.  The images of 9/11 are seared into our national memory — hijacked planes cutting through a cloudless September sky; the Twin Towers collapsing to the ground; black smoke billowing up from the Pentagon; the wreckage of Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where the actions of heroic citizens saved even more heartbreak and destruction.

And yet we know that the worst images are those that were unseen to the world.  The empty seat at the dinner table.  Children who were forced to grow up without their mother or their father.  Parents who would never know the feeling of their child’s embrace.  Nearly 3,000 citizens taken from us, leaving a gaping hole in our hearts.

On September 11, 2001, in our time of grief, the American people came together.  We offered our neighbors a hand, and we offered the wounded our blood.  We reaffirmed our ties to each other, and our love of community and country.  On that day, no matter where we came from, what God we prayed to, or what race or ethnicity we were, we were united as one American family.

We were also united in our resolve to protect our nation and to bring those who committed this vicious attack to justice.  We quickly learned that the 9/11 attacks were carried out by al Qaeda — an organization headed by Osama bin Laden, which had openly declared war on the United States and was committed to killing innocents in our country and around the globe.  And so we went to war against al Qaeda to protect our citizens, our friends, and our allies.

Over the last 10 years, thanks to the tireless and heroic work of our military and our counterterrorism professionals, we’ve made great strides in that effort.  We’ve disrupted terrorist attacks and strengthened our homeland defense.  In Afghanistan, we removed the Taliban government, which had given bin Laden and al Qaeda safe haven and support.  And around the globe, we worked with our friends and allies to capture or kill scores of al Qaeda terrorists, including several who were a part of the 9/11 plot.

Yet Osama bin Laden avoided capture and escaped across the Afghan border into Pakistan.  Meanwhile, al Qaeda continued to operate from along that border and operate through its affiliates across the world.

And so shortly after taking office, I directed Leon Panetta, the director of the CIA, to make the killing or capture of bin Laden the top priority of our war against al Qaeda, even as we continued our broader efforts to disrupt, dismantle, and defeat his network.

Then, last August, after years of painstaking work by our intelligence community, I was briefed on a possible lead to bin Laden.  It was far from certain, and it took many months to run this thread to ground.  I met repeatedly with my national security team as we developed more information about the possibility that we had located bin Laden hiding within a compound deep inside of Pakistan.  And finally, last week, I determined that we had enough intelligence to take action, and authorized an operation to get Osama bin Laden and bring him to justice.

Today, at my direction, the United States launched a targeted operation against that compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.  A small team of Americans carried out the operation with extraordinary courage and capability.  No Americans were harmed.  They took care to avoid civilian casualties.  After a firefight, they killed Osama bin Laden and took custody of his body.

For over two decades, bin Laden has been al Qaeda’s leader and symbol, and has continued to plot attacks against our country and our friends and allies.  The death of bin Laden marks the most significant achievement to date in our nation’s effort to defeat al Qaeda.

Yet his death does not mark the end of our effort.  There’s no doubt that al Qaeda will continue to pursue attacks against us.  We must –- and we will — remain vigilant at home and abroad.

As we do, we must also reaffirm that the United States is not –- and never will be -– at war with Islam.  I’ve made clear, just as President Bush did shortly after 9/11, that our war is not against Islam.  Bin Laden was not a Muslim leader; he was a mass murderer of Muslims.  Indeed, al Qaeda has slaughtered scores of Muslims in many countries, including our own.  So his demise should be welcomed by all who believe in peace and human dignity.

Over the years, I’ve repeatedly made clear that we would take action within Pakistan if we knew where bin Laden was.  That is what we’ve done.  But it’s important to note that our counterterrorism cooperation with Pakistan helped lead us to bin Laden and the compound where he was hiding.  Indeed, bin Laden had declared war against Pakistan as well, and ordered attacks against the Pakistani people.

Tonight, I called President Zardari, and my team has also spoken with their Pakistani counterparts.  They agree that this is a good and historic day for both of our nations.  And going forward, it is essential that Pakistan continue to join us in the fight against al Qaeda and its affiliates.

The American people did not choose this fight.  It came to our shores, and started with the senseless slaughter of our citizens.  After nearly 10 years of service, struggle, and sacrifice, we know well the costs of war.  These efforts weigh on me every time I, as Commander-in-Chief, have to sign a letter to a family that has lost a loved one, or look into the eyes of a service member who’s been gravely wounded.

So Americans understand the costs of war.  Yet as a country, we will never tolerate our security being threatened, nor stand idly by when our people have been killed.  We will be relentless in defense of our citizens and our friends and allies.  We will be true to the values that make us who we are. And on nights like this one, we can say to those families who have lost loved ones to al Qaeda’s terror:  Justice has been done.

Tonight, we give thanks to the countless intelligence and counterterrorism professionals who’ve worked tirelessly to achieve this outcome.  The American people do not see their work, nor know their names.  But tonight, they feel the satisfaction of their work and the result of their pursuit of justice.

We give thanks for the men who carried out this operation, for they exemplify the professionalism, patriotism, and unparalleled courage of those who serve our country.  And they are part of a generation that has borne the heaviest share of the burden since that September day.

Finally, let me say to the families who lost loved ones on 9/11 that we have never forgotten your loss, nor wavered in our commitment to see that we do whatever it takes to prevent another attack on our shores.

And tonight, let us think back to the sense of unity that prevailed on 9/11.  I know that it has, at times, frayed.  Yet today’s achievement is a testament to the greatness of our country and the determination of the American people.

The cause of securing our country is not complete.  But tonight, we are once again reminded that America can do whatever we set our mind to.  That is the story of our history, whether it’s the pursuit of prosperity for our people, or the struggle for equality for all our citizens; our commitment to stand up for our values abroad, and our sacrifices to make the world a safer place.

Let us remember that we can do these things not just because of wealth or power, but because of who we are:  one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

Thank you.  May God bless you.  And may God bless the United States of America

  16 comments for “Obama got him! Osama Bin Laden Dead

  1. junior
    May 1, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    “Obama got him!

    Oh really Chris? I know that BHO is taking credit for this – he said “I” or “my” about 5 or 6 times.

    That is classless. For an operation such as this, you say “I” one time – and that is to take responsibility. More than that and you are claiming credit, as BHO did – shameful.

    • May 2, 2011 at 12:54 am

      Sorry Junior, he’s the President, he gets the credit. He gave the order to actually hunt down and capture or kill Bin Laden; unlike the frat boy before him who decided to search for him in Iraq when he had him trapped in Afghanistan.

      But for the record, I did struggle with the headline. I started with “We got him!” but settled on “Obama got him!” to get a rise out of Republicans and TEA Partiers. I guess I can say…

      MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!

      • May 3, 2011 at 11:11 pm

        Sorry, Chris, he doesn’t. He may be the CIC but he wasn’t on SEAL Team 6 and he didn’t pull the trigger. He just said, “go ahead”. Big difference to us veterans. And, ny the way, if you or any of your left-wing buddies would like to say thanks to the men that really did the job, you can join us for a photo op on Wednesday at 5:30 pm at the Orange Circle where veterans and patriots gather each Wednesday to retire the flag of our Country. The picture(s) will be sent along with a big thanks and a care package to SEAL Team 6, the boys who got Obama.

  2. Mike Tardif
    May 2, 2011 at 6:07 am

    I will give President Obama credit for carrying forward the policies of President Bush – like no safe harbor for terrorists and keeping Gitmo open.

    • May 2, 2011 at 8:14 am

      The policy of no safe harbor for terrorists has been around since before GWM was in diapers.Gitmo open, not sure how a military compound in Cuba is responsible for nailing down the location of Bin Laden and eliminating him as a threat to the United States and the World.

      Sounds almost like you are saying that “the boy did good because he done did what his Master told him.” But that would be a little racist don’t you think?

      • Mike Tardif
        May 2, 2011 at 9:12 am

        That was a cheap shot Chris – beneath you.

  3. Clark Duke
    May 2, 2011 at 6:36 am

    Navy seals got him, not some empty suit in a chair. But I’m sure we’ll be hearing plenty about this since it’s time for re-election. This is such a silly article.

    • May 2, 2011 at 8:08 am

      Your are correct, Navy Seals got him. Seals operating on orders from the President of the United States.

  4. Kathy Findley
    May 2, 2011 at 8:22 am

    “I’ve never wished a man dead but I have read some obituaries with great pleasure.”
    Mark Twain

  5. Henry lipton
    May 2, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    God Bless America and our President. This is a great day and great news.

  6. May 2, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    I was just reading that Osama used one of his wives as a human shield and she was killed in the firefight. What sort of coward hides behind his wife or his children when the going gets tough?

  7. junior
    May 2, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    “What sort of coward hides behind his wife or his children when the going gets tough?”

    I could take a guess ……

  8. junior
    May 2, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    I guess you are right Chris – Rush agrees with you.

    “.. it may be that President Obama single-handedly came up with the technique in order to pull this off. You see, the military wanted to go in there and bomb like they always do. They wanted to go in there and drop missiles and launch bombs, a number of totally destructive techniques here. But President Obama, perhaps the only qualified member in the room to deal with this, insisted on the Special Forces. No one else thought of that. Not a single intelligence advisor, not a single national security advisor, not a single military advisor came up with the idea of using SEAL Team 6 or any of the Special Forces.”

    “Our military wanted to go in there and just scorch the earth, leaving no evidence of anything after the mission. But President Obama single-handedly understood what was at stake here. He alone understood the need to get DNA to prove the death. Obama alone understood the aftermath, alone understood that there would be doubting Thomases if the place was just obliterated and no evidence was to be found. According to news reports, not one member of the military, not General Petraeus, nobody in the intel community, nobody had the slightest idea of going in there and using Special Forces. It was President Obama, single-handedly and alone, who came up with the strategy that brought about the effective assassination of Osama Bin Laden.”

    Or so the main scream media would lead you to believe …..

  9. Phil
    May 2, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    You mean the same Bush when asked about Bin Laden said
    “I truly am not that concerned about him,” March 13, 2002?
    You must mean the Bush policy which stated “I don’t know where bin Laden is. I have no idea and really don’t care. It’s not that important. It’s not our priority.” G.W. Bush, 3/13/02

  10. Phil
    May 2, 2011 at 10:42 pm

    I’m sorry you must mean this Bush who disbanded the CIA group delegated with hunting Bin Laden.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2006/07/04/washington/04intel.html

  11. May 3, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    The Real Authors of 9-11 Are Still At Large
    May 2, 2011 • 9:11PM
    http://www.larouchepac.com/node/18086

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