Via a variety of text from readers and friends, on Sunday night, I learned that good news that Osama bin Laden has been dispatched to join Saddam Hussein and Adolf Hitler in the lowest circles of Hell. I join former President Bush in congratulating President Obama and the men and women of our armed forces who accomplished the deed. In a statement, Bush said:
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.
Our intelligence community and the Navy SEAL Team Six who carried out the operation deserve the bulk of the credit, but they could not have done it without the authorization of the President of the United States. This one Barack Obama got right.
Good job, Mr. President.
UPDATE: Over the Washington Examiner, Philip Klein has some background on the operation that go Osama. The president has met five times with his national security team since they learned about the compound last February and gave the go-ahead for operation this past Friday. (Read the whole thing.)
Sorry, couldn’t get a copy of this song with actual footage from the Wizard of Oz. Still it does express the sentiment of all Americans tonight:
UP-UPDATE: From the president’s speech:
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.
UP-UP-UPDATE: “Evil,” John Podhoretz writes, “has been met, and defeated.” On the same blog, but in a different post, Abe Greenwald reminds us, “It is not in the American DNA to waver, to give up, or to shirk its responsibilities. The U.S. meets its challenges.“
UP-UP-UP-UPDATE: In a similar vein, Victor Davis Hanson contends “the death of bin Laden reminds us that the U.S. can still take the war to the enemy in his own backyard, and act with confidence and audacity rather than ‘leading from behind.’ Let us hope that Dr. Zawahiri is next — though the al Qaeda generation of 2001 seems almost enfeebled now, and are nearly all scattered, killed, or captured.” Yes, let us hope he is quaking in his boots even now, knowing what the U.S. can do.
UP-UP-UP-UP-UPDATE: Daniel Pipes calls his killing “a body blow to Islamists.”
UP-UP-UP-UP-UP-UPDATE: The roots of this operation go back at least to 2005, possibly earlier. (Again, read the whole thing.)
UP-UP-UP-UP-UP-UP-UPDATE: On this one, Lindsey Grahamis right. The South Carolina Republican told the National Review that the United States “‘must stay on offense’ following the death of Osama bin Laden.” “This”, he added, “is not over.”
UP-UP-UP-UP-UP-UP-UP-UPDATE: Bryan Preston asks, “Did Gitmo terrorists provide the crucial leads to bin Laden?” (He’s not the only one). Here’s Ace on the matter, “So, the Guantanamo suspects that some people wanted to release and some people didn’t want to interrogate harshly actually gave up the courier. Four years ago. Ahem.”