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LaTourette, Ohio lawmakers praise bin Laden death

1:10 PM, May 2, 2011   |    comments
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WASHINGTON -- Republican U.S. Congressman Steve LaTourette released a statement early Monday.

"This is something Americans have waited nearly a decade for, and I offer the highest praise to our brave military, our intelligence community and President Barack Obama, who authorized this operation. This was a gutsy and risky move to enter the highly fortified compound where Osama bin Laden was holed up, and the execution of this raid by our military's elite was precise and heroic."

"I congratulate President Obama for insisting on a ground operation, as opposed to the use of a drone, and very much appreciated his personal call to former President Bush, who devoted so much effort to finding Osama bin Laden.  While justice was a long time coming, this top-secret effort results in justice being served."

"Americans should be immensely proud of our military for taking out the world's most heinous terrorist, who is responsible for the death of thousands of innocent men, women and children and scarred the USA so horribly on a sunny morning on September 11, 2011.  The success of this raid is even more significant as no brave Americans died while carrying out this secretive mission. "

Ohio's senior U.S. senator calls the death a victory for all Americans. Democratic U.S. Sen Sherrod Brown says in a statement that the world's most wanted terrorist and architect of the Sept. 11 attacks nearly 10 years ago will no longer threaten America's democracy and freedom.

Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Turner, of Centerville in southwest Ohio, says in a statement to the Middletown Journal that citizens who haven't forgotten where they were when the terrorists struck now can remember how they heard bin Laden was brought to justice.

GOP Sen. Rob Portman calls bin Laden's demise "welcome news" while saying the U.S. must remain vigilant because al-Qaida and its affiliates are not dependent on one man.

"This is great news for the security of the American people and a victory in our continued fight against al-Qaida and radical extremism around the world, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said in a statement late Sunday night. "We continue to face a complex and evolving terrorist threat, and it is important that we remain vigilant in our efforts to confront and defeat the terrorist enemy and protect the American people.

"I want to congratulate -- and thank -- the hard-working men and women of our Armed Forces and intelligence community for their tireless efforts and perseverance that led to this success. I also want to commend President Obama and his team, as well as President Bush, for all of their efforts to bring Osama bin Laden to justice."

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., praised "courageous Americans in our military and intelligence community" for carrying out "the most significant victory in our fight against al Qaeda and terrorism, but that fight is not over. We will continue to support our troops and the American civilians who are fighting every day to protect our homeland."

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said he was "overjoyed that we finally got the world's top terrorist."

"The world is a better place now that Osama bin Laden is no longer in it.," McCain said. "I hope the families of the victims of the September 11th attacks will sleep easier tonight and every night hence knowing that justice has been done. I commend the president and his team, as well as our men and women in uniform and our intelligence professionals, for this superb achievement. But while we take heart in the news that Osama bin Laden is dead, we must be mindful that al-Qaida and its terrorist allies are still lethal and determined enemies, and we must remain vigilant to defeat them."

Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., chairman of the Senate homeland security committee, said the successful U.S. mission to take out bin Laden means that "Americans will wake up tomorrow in a safer, better, and more just world."

He called bin Laden's death "a historic victory" that "should bring a measure of justice and solace to al Qaeda's victims, and fear to its ranks, who now must know their hour of reckoning, too, shall come."

Gannett Washington Bureau

Additional reaction quotes from newsmakers:

"Earlier this evening, President Obama called to inform me that American forces killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of the al-Qaida 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. This momentous achievement marks a victory for America, for people who seek peace around the world, and for all those who lost loved ones on September 11, 2001. The fight against terror goes on, but tonight America has sent an unmistakable message: No matter how long it takes, justice will be done. " - former President George W. Bush
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"I congratulate the president, the national security team and the members of our armed forces on bringing Osama bin Laden to justice after more than a decade of murderous al-Qaida attacks." - former President Bill Clinton
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"This is great news for the security of the American people and a victory in our continued fight against al-Qaida and radical extremism around the world. We continue to face a complex and evolving terrorist threat, and it is important that we remain vigilant in our efforts to confront and defeat the terrorist enemy and protect the American people. I want to congratulate - and thank - the hard-working men and women of our Armed Forces and intelligence community for their tireless efforts and perseverance that led to this success. I also want to commend President Obama and his team, as well as President Bush, for all of their efforts to bring Osama bin Laden to justice." - House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio.
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"The death of Osama bin Laden marks the most significant development in our fight against al-Qaida. I salute President Obama, his national security team, Director Panetta, our men and women in the intelligence community and military, and other nations who supported this effort for their leadership in achieving this major accomplishment. It is a testament to the professionalism of our dedicated national security professionals that no American lives were lost in this operation.
"As we approach the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, I hope that today's action provides some comfort to the 9/11 families who lost loved ones in the devastating attacks on our shores.
"Though the death of Osama bin Laden is historic, it does not diminish our relentless pursuit of terrorists who threaten our country." - House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi of California
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"Osama bin Laden is dead, killed in a targeted U.S. operation authorized by President Obama.
"This is the most significant victory in our fight against al-Qaida and terrorism, but that fight is not over. We will continue to support our troops and the American civilians who are fighting every day to protect our homeland.

"Nine-and-a-half years ago, Osama bin Laden masterminded the horrific attacks against the United States that killed nearly 3,000 people. As we remember those who were killed on that dark day in September and their families, we also reaffirm our resolve to defeat the terrorist forces that killed them and thousands of others across the globe. Because of courageous Americans in our military and intelligence community, their leader is now gone." - Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev.

Gannett/The Associated Press

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