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Navy SEALS kill bin Laden in Pakistan

Last night’s address by President Barack Obama will likely go down as the single most important national security announcement of this administration. At just after 11:30pm EDT, Obama addressed the American people from the East Room. For nearly an hour, pundits and political prognosticators predicted what the important news would be.

Twitter was te first medium to break the story, further solidifying the fact that social media has become one of the most important channels through with breaking news is spread. In fact, the individual who tweeted the raid that ended in bin Laden’s death did so unknowingly.

Many thousands of words have already been written about this tremendous achievement, including an assessment by acclaimed atheist Christopher Hitchens and conservative intellectual Charles Krauthammer. The UK’s Daily Mail has a fairly complete recount of the circumstances surrounding the raid. Matt Lewis proposes three possible outcomes in the wake of bin Laden’s death.

In the hour leading up to Obama’s address, crowds gathered in Times Square, outside the White House, and even at Fort Campbell, where the 101st Airborne is based.

Regardless of your position on foreign intervention and the “War on Terror,” this is truly an important achievement for our brave men and women in uniform and our nation as a whole. Osama bin Laden’s death brings some closure to the thousands of Americans whose lives were dramatically changed on September 11, 2001. It is reported that the U.S. will likely release photos as proof of bin Laden’s death.

But there is no doubt in my mind that bin Laden’s assassination will not quell violence by radical Muslims against the Western World. In fact, the Taliban is now planning attacks in an effort to avenge their hero’s death. While we should be immensely proud of our intelligence community and the efforts by those men and women in uniform at home and abroad, we should continue to be vigilant in our quest to protect American interests domestically and internationally.

Osama bin Laden’s death is certainly an important symbol in the global “War on Terror.” This act is the culmination of a decade of tireless work by both Republicans and Democrats in Washington. The mission was initiated by Republican President George W. Bush and completed by Democrat Barack Obama. Guaranteed, had Dubya not initiated this quest to hunt down and kill bin Laden, the current Administration would not have accomplished it.

With that, I leave you with George W. Bush’s speech from the Oval Office following the attacks on September 11, 2001, and a quote from President George W. Bush:

“We will not tire, we will not falter, and we will not fail.”

God bless America.


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