Information continues to be reported at this hour of the successful raid on a compound in Pakistan by U.S. Special Forces that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden.
Bin Laden was located at a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, which was monitored and when the time was determined to be right, the president said, he authorized a “targeted operation.”
“A small team of Americans carried out the operation,” Obama said. “After a firefight, they killed Osama bin Laden and took custody of his body.”
Congratulations to President Obama and his National Security team. Hats off to the U.S. Intelligence community. Congratulations and a hearty thank you to the servicemen who participated in the successful raid.
Make no mistake. The war on terror is not over. Our military forces overseas are now in a potentially even more hazardous position. Israel and other allies will be in even greater danger of attacks than before. Here at home, there is a chance that some person or organization will attempt to attack as a means of revenge for the killing of bin Laden.
Indeed, to borrow a phrase and paraphrase, this is not the end of the war on terror. It is not even the beginning of the end. It may be the end of the beginning. Still, the war will continue and we must be keenly aware of that fact and we must continue to be vigilant.
In the mean time, let this military action be a warning to those who wish America ill. If attacked, the United States, as a nation and as a people, will not rest until those responsible pay for their actions regardless of how long it may take.