The United States Armed Forces delivered justice by killing in combat Osama Bin Laden as he hid in a compound in Pakistan. Nearly ten years after September 11th and after the US invasion of Afghanistan to capture or kill those responsible for the worst attack on US soil since Pearl Harbor, this day of justice has arrived thanks to the bravery and skill of our military and the cool, steely determination of the Commander-in-Chief, President Obama.
President Obama correctly knew and said two things about the US strategic posture following September 11th. The war in Iraq was a horrendous error, in part because it diverted our wealth, resources, and military from the job of killing or capturing Bin Laden and his murderous allies located originally in Afghanistan and then increasingly in Pakistan. President Obama stated the obvious that the military operations in Afghanistan after the invasion of Iraq had been starved of troops and mishandled.
The President made it clear in the 2008 Presidential campaign that he would withdraw from Iraq and refocus on Afghanistan and Pakistan, the epicenters of the terrorists who perpetrated September 11th. He also made it clear that he would pursue Bin Laden in Pakistan, with or without the permission of the compromised Pakistani government. On April 29th, President Obama issued the orders that delivered justice today almost certainly without the permission of the Pakistani government.
Despite inheriting the worse economy since the Great Depression and having more than 8 million jobs destroyed, President Obama made the tough decision one year ago to increase troop levels and resources in Afghanistan. Today is the fruit of historic Presidential leadership.
Now we must continue to attack the terrorists wherever they cower, and we must plan our exit from Afghanistan. The damage of the last decade is being undone.