Obama: We Killed Osama Bin Laden, ‘Justice Has Been Done’
May 2, 2011
(ChattahBox US News)—Last night marked the final chapter in the nearly 10-year manhunt for Osama Bin Laden, the mastermind behind the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil, who quickly became the face of evil to Americans and the rest of the civilized world. President Obama told the nation late last night that a crack team of U.S. forces entered Bin Laden’s hideout in a heavily fortified compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan and shot him dead. “The death of bin Laden marks the most significant achievement to date in our nation’s effort to defeat al Qaeda, said the President during his nearly 10-minute address, as crowds assembled in front of the White House gates shouted “U.S.A, U.S.A!” And just like that, the open festering wound that was Osama Bin Laden came to an abrupt end.
The raid on Bin Laden’s hideout, just a stone’s throw from a Pakistani military academy and military base, in a “mansion” about 50-miles from the capital city of Islamabad, took place on Sunday, lasting less than an hour.
The New York Times writes:
“In a dramatic late-night appearance in the East Room of the White House, Mr. Obama declared that “justice has been done” as he disclosed that American military and C.I.A. operatives had finally cornered Bin Laden, the Al Qaeda leader who had eluded them for nearly a decade, in the early hours of Monday local time. American officials said Bin Laden resisted and was shot in the head. He was later buried at sea.”
“The news touched off an extraordinary outpouring of emotion as crowds gathered outside the White House, in Times Square and at the Ground Zero site, waving American flags, cheering, shouting, laughing and chanting, “U.S.A., U.S.A.!” In New York City, crowds sang “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Throughout downtown Washington, drivers honked horns deep into the night.”
The backstory to how this all went down, is a testament to Obama’s resolve to making hunting down Bin Laden “the top priority” in our war against terrorism.
“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,” said Obama.
The ongoing operation to find Bin Laden finally paid dividends in August, with new information that led to his whereabouts, in Pakistan, of course. Where else?
“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,” explained the President.
In a daring, surgical operation, a highly trained group of U.S. Navy Seals swooped down in helicopters, storming the compound, shooting Bin Laden in the head. After DNA analysis to verify his identity, the mass murderer was thrown into the sea, to ensure that his grave would never become a shrine to terrorism.
“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,”said Obama.
Obama’s closing words, spoke to the tragedy of 9/11 and how it affected us as a nation. But at the same time, the President made us all feel proud to be Americans, not Republican Americans, nor Democratic Americans, just “one nation, under God.”
It felt good.
“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.”
Osama Bin Laden now sleeps with the fishes.
The video and full text of President Obama’s remarks can be found here.
Take a look at an ABC video of the inside of Osama Bin Laden’s hideout: