Monday, May 2, 2011
Bin Laden Dead
Following a years long intelligence operation, terrorist mastermind Usama bin Laden has finally been killed in Pakistan. There is no doubt that this is a great day for the United States and the entire world. I would like to congratulate our men and women in the military and in our intelligence community for a job well done. This operation was the result of a long, tedious process of collecting and verifying intelligence gathered through a multitude of avenues, including interrogation of detainees at Gitmo. Let us all enjoy this news now before it becomes politicized or the conspiracy theorists get their hands on it, as they undoubtedly will.
We should also take a moment to remember the victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks, the victims of the USS Cole and the U.S. embassies in Africa, the thousands of service members who have been killed or wounded fighting in the subsequent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the countless number of Muslims who have been killed by this horrible human being and his movement. We must also remember how this man came to be who he was, why he attacked us and why so many people have allowed themselves to be caught up in his mission. If we fail to realize the importance of understanding the man and his movement, we can expect to have another 9/11 someday and I, like all other Americans, do not want to see that happen. I am proud to be able to say that I served five years in the United States Marine Corps and will raise a glass to the men and women who were instrumental in bringing an end to Usama bin Laden's reign of terror.