WTAS about Osama bin Laden’s death by American forces
President Barack Obama:
“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. And 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.”
Former President George W. Bush:
“Earlier this evening, President Obama called to inform me that American forces killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of the al Qaeda network that attacked America on September 11, 2001. I congratulated him and the men and women of our military and intelligence communities who devoted their lives to this mission. They have our everlasting gratitude. This momentous achievement marks a victory for America, for people who seek peace around the world, and for all those who lost loved ones on September 11, 2001. The fight against terror goes on, but tonight America has sent an unmistakable message: No matter how long it takes, justice will be done.”
Former Vice President Dick Cheney:
“I also want to congratulate President Obama and the members of his national security team…We must remain vigiliant, especially now, and we must continue to support our men and women in uniform who are fighting on the front lines of this war every day. Today, the message our forces have sent is clear — if you attack the United States, we will find you and bring you to justice.”
Former President Bill Clinton:
“This is a profoundly important moment not just for the families of those who lost their lives on 9/11 and in al-Qaida’s other attacks but for people all over the world who want to build a common future of peace, freedom, and cooperation for our children. I congratulate the President, the National Security team and the members of our armed forces on bringing Osama bin Laden to justice after more than a decade of murderous al-Qaida attacks.”
House Speaker John Boehner:
“This is great news for the security of the American people and a victory in our continued fight against al Qaeda and radical extremism around the world. We continue to face a complex and evolving terrorist threat, and it is important that we remain vigilant in our efforts to confront and defeat the terrorist enemy and protect the American people. I want to congratulate — and thank — the hard-working men and women of our Armed Forces and intelligence community for their tireless efforts and perseverance that led to this success. I also want to commend President Obama and his team, as well as President Bush, for all of their efforts to bring Osama bin Laden to justice.”
This is a great victory for lovers of freedom and justice everywhere. Congratulations to our intelligence community, our military and the president. My thoughts are with the families of Osama bin Laden’s many thousands of victims, and the brave servicemen and women who have laid down their lives in pursuit of this murderous terrorist.
“This is terrific news for freedom and justice. In the hours after the 9/11 attacks, President Bush promised that America would bring Osama bin Laden to justice — and we did. I want to congratulate America’s armed forces and President Obama for a job well done. Let history show that the perseverance of the US military and the American people never wavered. America will never shrink from the fight and ultimately those who seek to harm us face only defeat. Today, justice is done, but the fight against radical Islamic terrorism is not yet over.”
“This is extraordinary news for all freedom loving people of the world, and I commend all those involved for this historic triumph. Americans have waited nearly ten years for the news of Osama bin Laden’s death. And while this is a very significant objective that cannot be minimized, the threat from Jihadism does not die with bin Laden. As we were vigilant in taking him out we need to demonstrate we will continue to be vigilant until the enemy has been subdued.”
RNC Chairman Reince Priebus:
“Today is a tremendous day for our nation and the world, but most importantly those who lost loved ones on that horrific day. Justice was delivered to a ruthless terrorist courtesy of men and women of the United States military. For nearly a decade, literally thousands of American servicemembers, intelligence officers and civilians have made it their mission to capture or kill the mastermind of September 11th. Tonight we honor their work and congratulate them on a job well done.”
Sen. John McCain:
“I am overjoyed that we finally got the world’s top terrorist. The world is a better and more just place now that Osama bin Laden is no longer in it. I hope the families of the victims of the September 11th attacks will sleep easier tonight and every night hence knowing that justice has been done. I commend the President and his team, as well as our men and women in uniform and our intelligence professionals, for this superb achievement. “But while we take heart in the news that Osama bin Laden is dead, we must be mindful that al-Qaeda and its terrorist allies are still lethal and determined enemies, and we must remain vigilant to defeat them.”
“Americans tonight are united in celebration and gratitude. God bless all the brave men and women in our military and our intelligence services who contributed to carrying out the successful mission to bring Bin Laden to justice and who laid the groundwork over the years to make this victory possible. It’s a testament to the hard work and dedication of these brave Americans who relentlessly hunted down our enemy. This is a victory for the American people, for the victims who were heartlessly murdered on September 11 and in Al Qaeda’s other numerous attacks, and for all the peace-loving people of the world. May God bless our troops and our intelligence services, and God bless America!”
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen:
“Osama bin Laden is dead. These are words the American people have been waiting to hear for nearly ten years – since the day he brazenly attacked the United States and murdered over 3,000 innocent victims on September 11th, 2001. This is a fitting end for the face of global terrorism – an evil madman whose hatred of freedom and disregard for innocent human life knew no bounds.
Osama bin Laden’s death is a monumental triumph for U.S. national security interests and a testament to the quality and unrelenting resolve of America’s intelligence, diplomatic, and military establishment.
This historic event does not end the threat of terrorism, and we must continue to stay vigilant in protecting the American people from al Qaeda and its extremist allies. Our battle against terrorism will continue, but a terrible and sad chapter in our country’s history is over.”
Sen. Kelly Ayotte:
“Nearly 10 years after 9/11, Osama bin Laden is finally dead. This is a great day for our country and a major blow to al Qaeda and terrorist networks around the globe. As a singularly inspirational figure for Islamist extremists, killing bin Laden has been a top national security priority. I join all Americans in expressing profound gratitude to our brave servicemen and women, as well as America’s intelligence community, for ensuring that bin Laden can no longer harm our country.
Killing bin Laden is news we’ve all been waiting for. However, Islamist extremists continue to pose grave threats to our country, and America must remain vigilant in the fight to defeat global terrorist networks.”
Rep. Frank Guinta:
“For nearly a decade, thousands of members of our armed forces, intelligence and security communities worked together to find Osama Bin Laden. Finally, they succeeded. The nearly 3,000 innocent Americans who were murdered on September 11, 2001 have been avenged. Bin Laden’s death was not an act of revenge; it was retribution. This evil man charted his course a long time ago; now his demise has fulfilled it. This is a time for honoring the memory of all those who died so needlessly, and for also honoring the many men and women who never faltered in making certain Bin Laden received the justice he so richly deserved.”
Rep. Charlie Bass
“This is a tremendous day for our nation, and especially for our troops and the U.S. intelligence community who have brought justice to this ruthless terrorist. Almost 10 years after the horrific tragedy that struck our country, this is a key victory over al-Qaeda in the ongoing war on terrorism. Our vigilance against terrorism and evil will continue, but hopefully the Americans who lost loved ones on that fateful day can find some peace.
I am so proud of the Navy SEALS who pulled off this heroic mission in the face of great danger, and I join all Granite Staters in remembering and thanking the brave and selfless men and women serving our nation and the fight for freedom. May God continue to bless America and those who keep our nation safe.”