State political leaders react to death of Osama Bin Laden

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Updated: May 2, 2011, 6:42 PM

 

Washington political leaders from both parties praised President Barack Obama and U.S. military and intelligence forces for Sunday’s successful operation that killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden.

“The killing of Osama bin Laden by American special operations forces is welcome news and a significant blow against al-Qaida and radical Islamic terrorists,” said Kirby Wilbur, chairman of the Washington State Republican Party. “However, the war on terror continues and we need to remain vigilant in case of retaliatory responses. My deepest congratulations to the American military forces and intelligence and counterterrorism personnel who carried out this operation. There are none better in the world. As they say, you can run but you’ll just die tired, because we will find you.”

“I also want to congratulate President Obama as well, for continuing the policies of pursuit of these terrorist leaders and authorizing their termination,” Wilbur said. “Justice has been partially served this day, but we are a long way from winning this war. The outcome is not in doubt but the length and cost of the war, in both human and material terms, remain as unanswerable questions. May God bless the American military, the intelligence community, our president and the United States of America.”

Sen. Maria Cantwell

“Osama bin Laden’s death will be remembered as a major turning point,” said U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash. “The long wait from 2001 is over. Osama bin Laden’s death will be remembered as a major turning point in our efforts to fight his terrorism network. The American people are grateful for the service of all our military and intelligence community.”

“Today, we remember the lives of those who were lost on Sept. 11, and we give our deepest appreciation to those who defend our freedom every day,” Cantwell said. “The death of Osama bin Laden is a major step forward in the fight against terrorism, but we must continue our efforts to confront the social and economic conditions that give rise to violent extremism around the world.”

Rep. Adam Smith

“Osama bin Laden orchestrated a devastating attack on our nation nearly 10 years ago designed to destroy our way of life,” said U.S. Rep. Adam Smith, D-Tacoma, who serves as ranking Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee.

“Since that day, he has continued to call for the death of innocent Americans and those who disagree with his distorted, violent ideology,” Smith said. “His death is a victory for all those who champion freedom around the world and sends a resounding message to violent extremists who seek to do our country harm.”

“Osama Bin Laden orchestrated a devastating attack on our nation nearly 10 years ago designed to destroy our way of life,” said U.S. Rep. Adam, D-Wash., who serves as ranking Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee. “Since that day, he has continued to call for the death of innocent Americans and those who disagree with his distorted, violent ideology. His death is a victory for all those who champion freedom around the world and sends a resounding message to violent extremists who seek to do our country harm.”