Congressman Buck McKeon, who chairs the House Armed Services Committee, released the following statement regarding the President’s announcement that United States forces killed Osama bin Laden:
“This is the news we have long waited to hear. As Americans picked themselves up after the terrorist attacks of September 11, President Bush told us that we would get Osama bin Laden.
“The events of that day affected us all – in California, across America, and among our nation’s allies. While it has taken longer than many expected, Osama bin Laden is dead. Bin Laden’s death is proof to those terrorists who wish to harm us that they may be able to run and hide but we will get them eventually.
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“Our brave military forces and their civilian counterparts who have been working for more than a decade to capture or kill bin Laden have the gratitude of our nation. These warriors have paid tremendous sacrifices during this time, and tonight’s announcement should help ease some of those burdens.
“While we celebrate a major victory in one battle against evil, we should recognize that the larger war against terrorism continues. Al Qaeda affiliates in Yemen, Africa and Asia remain dedicated to killing Americans and our allies. We know that even as they mourn the loss of their inspirational leader, they will not waver in their determination to attack us and our way of life. As we rejoice, we must remain vigilant, and continue to support our brave men and women in uniform, as well as our courageous intelligence officers, around the world who serve on the front lines against this determined enemy.”