Osama Bin Laden Dead

May 2nd, 2011, in Asides, by

Reports that Osama Bin Laden killed in a special operation, Obama to give speech.

Video of Obama speech:

Here is the text version:

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 dark-ened 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 wreck-age 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 or-ganization 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 Af-ghan 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 intel-ligence 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 devel-oped 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 ac-tion, 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 cour-age 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 signifi-cant 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 co-operation 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 coun-terterrorism 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 gen-eration 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 pre-vailed 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.


120 Comments on “Osama Bin Laden Dead”

  1. avatar Lairedion says:

    AB,

    courtesy you now fail to extend to me.

    Enormous long toes… 😆 …but you are serious here, aren’t you?

    Good to know that Steven Seagal takes no prisoners. Have you got any other comic book heroes?

    AB, you’re my comic book hero.

  2. avatar Arie Brand says:

    My long toes won’t fit into your comic book.

  3. avatar Stevo says:

    I think both, Ariel Brand & Oigal, are capable of putting together a reasonable and convincing argument with out reference to another author’s opinion.

    It would save a lot of fuss it you both just expressed your own views and let them stand on their merits, rather than the tiresome habit of appealing to authority.

    The internet allows us all to find supporting quotes for a variety of positions. Why not just say what you think guys, and leave it at that?

    Your views are as valid as those of anyone else and often way more entertaining!

    Ok……….. carry on bickering ?

  4. avatar Oigal says:

    Gee, does is someone’s feelings hurt to find words by the kilo do not a story teller make?

    The difference is AB, some when they digress offer new and interesting information which tends to allow for a far bit of literary license. You on the other hand as demonstrated by trawling up the reams of previous posts have little new to add. In essence, one writes with a bit of flair and interest generally with no perceivable agenda and the other is just a boor.

    As a matter of interest and pay attention here, I don’t have “particularity strong views on them” as I personally believe in this region an overrated distraction. On this thread in particular has little to do with the topic at hand.

  5. avatar Oigal says:

    Sorry Stevo, not my intention to quote as an authority for anything just believe its disingenuous to quote someone as an authority when they carry obvious agendas pro or con.

  6. avatar pjbali says:

    I think that leaders must demonstrate a necessary pragmatism in time of war. The prospect of capturing OBL and parading him in a show trial cannot seriously be considered in light of the fanaticism of his followers. If I were a follower of OBM I would looking at kidnapping americans and subjecting them to grisly executions until my leader was set free. The spectacle of american captives abroad having their throats sawed off on television would probably do more to exacerbate muslim/west relations that any possible repercussions that his death and burial at sea may have caused.

    Interesting someone should mention Truman. Perhaps he forced Churchill to hold the nuremburg trials instead of hanging the nazi leadership outright. Note that this occured after the war. During the war his sense of fairness certainly did not extend to cities such as Hiroshima or Nagasaki which were bombed to smithereens during ww2 to bring a quick end to the war and prevent a costly american invasion. I suppose it would have been more “fair” to send in the marines and explain to the public that “we could have ended the war earlier but in the interests of fairness….” In todays parlance this would have been considered a “disporportional response”.

    I can only speculate what the seals were up to in abbotabad but the consequenses of a dead OBL are far less troublesome than one in jail given that the war on terror is still ongoing.

  7. avatar Oigal says:

    Sorry Stevo, not my intention to quote as an authority for anything, just believe its disingenuous to quote someone as an authority when they carry obvious agendas pro or con. Fine to do that if you must but one should at least acknowledge the fact.

  8. avatar Arie Brand says:

    Stevo said:

    ?I think both, Ariel Brand & Oigal, are capable of putting together a reasonable and convincing argument with out reference to another author’s opinion.

    Well yes, awfully obliged – but offhand I can think of a few situations in which referring to somebody else’s opinion makes sense, for instance if one wants to indicate how prominent columnists have reacted to certain events or if one wants to protect a favorite author against a deliberate attempt to put him/her in an unfavorable light. Both these situations could be found here.

    Oigal you have found a defence for the disparity in your judgment about being off topic have you? It is the quality that counts, is it? It is comical to see a scribe with, frankly, such a poor command of his own language, and in whose posts the amount of information is generally inversely correlated to the amount of abuse he comes up with, setting himself up as a judge in these matters. And not only in these matters. You have no strong views on the Palestinian question you say (why then do you dream up terms of abuse for those who do not agree with them)

    as I personally believe in this region an overrated distraction. On this thread in particular has little to do with the topic at hand.

    Well, apart from the fact that you brought it up with your long Neumann quote, are you kidding? American policy towards the Middle East in general and Israel in particular has little to do with Al Queda? In Americans one can barely excuse the delusion that they are dealing here with ‘rootless evil’ that has nothing to do with their country’s policies. In an outside observer it is downright dumb.

    I know, I have wasted too much time on this but your arrogance (perhaps having been generated by too long a stay in a subservient environment), an arrogance that can be justified by so little you come up with, gets me going where I shouldn’t go. At any case I will now try to stick to your own judgment that I am wasting my time on you.

  9. avatar Arie Brand says:

    PJBali said:

    but the consequenses of a dead OBL are far less troublesome than one in jail given that the war on terror is still ongoing.

    Well, to judge from what I recently saw on the telly about reactions, particularly in Pakistan, the consequences of a dead OBL don’t look too promising either.

  10. avatar Oigal says:

    Well, to judge from what I recently saw on the telly about reactions, particularly in Pakistan, the consequences of a dead OBL don’t look too promising either.

    Yea they might prove duplicitous in assisting fight terrorism and providing safe zones for an array of Afghan focused terrorist groups. Or they may encourage various terrorist organizations to a act as proxies in their engagement with India. Or Hardliners might start plotting and carrying out assassinations of political figures within the country who don’t agree with their particular brand of oppression. Or the weak government institutions may be forced to hand over control of larges swathes of the country to unelected and unaccountable thugs. Or the country may end up training ground for terrorists to attack countries from India to Europe and beyond.

    Oh wait…..

  11. avatar Oigal says:

    Oh AB, I said your writing is verbose and repetitive I understand that smarts but lets try and rise above the personal abuse tho shall we.

    Now you are right about it being a waste of time, unless you have anything else to offer other than everything is about Israel and the USA then do please spare us further. Pretty sure most have have got your position fairly clearly after all these years.

  12. avatar Arie Brand says:

    Now you are right about it being a waste of time, unless you have anything else to offer other than everything is about Israel and the USA

    Trawl again.

    do please spare us further

    “Us”. Pluralis majestatis. Arrogance. Nevertheless I am tempted.

  13. avatar Oigal says:

    🙂 Ok fair call, I will leave you alone for awhile and hunt bigger game.

  14. avatar Arie Brand says:

    and hunt bigger game

    That is what pygmies do too. They tackle elephants.

    .

  15. avatar Lairedion says:

    😆 😆 😆

  16. avatar Arie Brand says:

    The more literate and informed people among us might be interested in what the world’s ‘leading living intellectual’ (Global Intellectuals Poll 2005), Noam Chomsky, has to say about the ‘Operation Geronimo’.

    It is increasingly clear, he says, that this was a planned assassination, that violated elementary norms of international law. There is no evidence that a serious attempt was made to apprehend the man. Neither is there any hard evidence that he was the mastermind behind 9/11 – his vain boast about it has about the same status as me saying that I won the Boston Marathon. Obama was simply lying when he said in his White House statement “we quickly learned that the 9/11 attacks were carried out by al Qaeda”. In April 2002 the then head of the FBI, Robert Mueller, said that in spite of the most intensive investigation nothing more could be said than that the agency “believed” that the plot had been hatched in Afghanistan, but worked out in the UAE and Germany. Since then, says Chomsky, nothing serious has been provided.
    Compare this with the hundreds of thousands of death in Iraq, the intense disruption there and the sectarian strife that has been brought about. In this case we know who the real decider was. We don’t need any further evidence. How would we react if an Iraqi commando team swooped down in his backyard, killed him and dumped his body in the Atlantic Ocean?

  17. avatar Arie Brand says:

    Correction: “leading living public intellectual”:

  18. avatar Guna2 says:

    Public or pubic? His only intellectual achievement was a linguistic theory (Syntactic Structures, or TGG, transformational generative grammar), and not only was that back in 1957, but he also had to abolish it.

  19. avatar Oigal says:

    Noam Chomsky… Oh please, now you are just being plain silly and way too easy to target. As least make it a challenge.

  20. avatar pjbali says:

    You are claiming that Noam Chomsky was the worlds leading intellectual in 2005 because he won an internet poll?

  21. avatar Arie Brand says:

    Guna 2: silly.

    pjbali:

    You are claiming that Noam Chomsky was the worlds leading intellectual in 2005 because he won an internet poll?

    :public intellectual. That means he is still listened to. whether right wingers like it or not. As one bit of evidence: I found his opinion cited, in a non-scoffing matter of fact way, in The Australian of yesterday, a Murdoch paper, and tracked it down to the original source mentioned there, the magazine Guernica.

    I can’t recall that The Australian has bothered to mention the opinion of any other public intellectual on this matter.

    I don’t know what criteria the New York Times Book Review employed when it called him ‘arguably the most important intellectual alive’.

  22. avatar Oigal says:

    Do we really need to list Chomsky’s political history and like some here at best an apologist attitude to some of the worst mass murderers in recent history. Once again let’s be just a little honest, he is a personally avowed hater of both the USA and Israel, like AB nothing much new to say and oh so…. Yawn..predictable.

    Oh and still has very little to do with the thread in hand. As has been pointed out to you before (by BB, I think) your presence on an Indonesian website, downgrading very discussion to your hatred of the USA and den joows just confirms an obsession rather than adding anything new or interesting.

    Bit harsh? Search this website, doesn’t matter there’s AB and dem joows. Relevence is not your strongest point is it AB?

  23. avatar Arie Brand says:

    Booh

  24. avatar rima fauzi says:

    I am a conspiracy theorist at heart. so I tend to want to believe this guy:
    http://www.prisonplanet.com/top-us-government-insider-bin-laden-died-in-2001-911-a-false-flag.html

    Ok, I will believe him lah, cos his story makes a good script for a movie.

  25. avatar timdog says:

    Simply had to share with y’all what Steve Bell (best cartoonist ever) has been doing to Osama bin Laden. Four parts – follow it through: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cartoon/2011/may/09/steve-bell-if-osama-paradise
    (for context – Cyril Smith was a big fat lib-dem politician, a… ahem… “bachelor” in old-fashioned British sense, and pursued by rumours of interfering with small boys. He died last year).
    LMAO, as they say…

  26. avatar Lairedion says:

    It was only a matter of time:

    Exclusive: Pornography found in bin Laden hideout: officials

    This makes Arifinto’s behaviour understandable and logical. The National Police should now raid the FPI headquarters. My gut feeling is their compounds are stashed full with porn.

  27. avatar madrotter says:

    ah well, since i saw an inflatable sheep in a dutch sex shop nothing surprises me anymore:)

    you know what the pks will say, “he was only human”….

  28. avatar ET says:

    pjbali said

    I think that leaders must demonstrate a necessary pragmatism in time of war. The prospect of capturing OBL and parading him in a show trial cannot seriously be considered in light of the fanaticism of his followers. If I were a follower of OBM I would looking at kidnapping americans and subjecting them to grisly executions until my leader was set free. The spectacle of american captives abroad having their throats sawed off on television would probably do more to exacerbate muslim/west relations that any possible repercussions that his death and burial at sea may have caused.

    The Obama administration has chosen for Realpolitik by taking OBL out without any further attempts to ‘bring him to justice’, whatever this may imply. The circumstances of a proper and possibly lengthy trial would have been far too risky in terms of the political consequences by exacerbating muslim/western tensions and the risks of retaliation by taking, torturing and killing hostages. The controversies which OBL’s and Al-Qaeda’s actions have created would furthermore exclude any attempt to conduct a proper and serene trial. We are not dealing here with a mere criminal or even mass murderer à la Eichmann but with the symbol of a clash of cultures. In the eyes of radical muslims, sympathizers with OBL and Al-Qaeda, it would be far more degrading for OBL to be held captive and put on trial by the kafir instead of having been granted the honorable death of a syahid.

    On a personal note I would have loved now to see the faces of those jilbab-bitches who after 9/11 were cheering in the streets of Jakarta holding up OBL’s picture.

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