Foreign and Defense Policy, Terrorism

Cheney: Bin Laden Is Dead, but the War Goes On

Former Vice President Dick Cheney, a trustee of AEI, today congratulated President Obama and American forces for the slaying of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in Pakistan, but cautioned that the fight is not over. Here is his full statement:

“The death of Osama bin Laden at the hands of American forces is a victory for the United States and a tremendous achievement for the military and intelligence professionals who carried out this important mission. Their tireless work since 9/11 has made this achievement possible, and enabled us to capture or kill thousands of al Qaeda terrorists and many of their leaders.

I also want to congratulate President Obama and the members of his national security team. At this moment when bin Laden has been brought to justice, we especially remember the sacrifice of the young Americans who’ve paid the ultimate price in defense of the nation, as well as the nearly 3,000 Americans who lost their lives on 9/11.

Al Qaeda remains a dangerous enemy. Though bin Laden is dead, the war goes on. We must remain vigilant, especially now, and we must continue to support our men and women in uniform who are fighting on the front lines of this war every day. Today, the message our forces have sent is clear — if you attack the United States, we will find you and bring you to justice.”

This continues the plaudits from the last administration. President George W. Bush said in a statement last night:

“Earlier this evening, President Obama called to inform me that American forces killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of the al Qaeda 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.”

This morning, Bush’s onetime senior adviser and GOP strategist Karl Rove tweeted:

“Justice has been done to Osama bin Laden: all Americans are proud of our military, intel & Presidents Bush, Obama. USA! USA!”

5 thoughts on “Cheney: Bin Laden Is Dead, but the War Goes On

  1. Right. President Bush, who said way back in 2002 that bin Laden was no longer an important target and who failed to get him for seven years, deserves equal credit with President Obama, who made him target #1 as soon as he took office and actually took him out in two years.

    Amazing!

    • It is pure propaganda to say the President Obama made bin Laden his #1 target. Did you think that last week?

      Almost all of the credit for actually finding and killing bin Laden goes to the intelligence and military personnel involved. Bush deserves credit for starting the process and making sure it was funded. The interrogation techniques used at Guantanamo resulted in the information that over years resulted in the current success. Were those interrogation techniques “enhanced”? Whatever, they worked. President Obama deserves credit for continuing the efforts started by his predecessor.

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  3. @Gerald Chandler

    There is lots of video of Dick Cheney on talk shows saying that Osama bin Laden was not a worthwhile target. Instead, the “weapons of mass destruction” in Iraq were of more concern. Under Bush and Cheney, the full resources of the military were brought into intelligence saying weapons of mass destruction were in Iraq. That was proven a collossal mistake. Under Obama, Leon Paneta’s CIA intelligence of the whereabouts of Bin Laden proved to be accurate. It was Obama that appointed Panetta, it was Obama who ordered the CIA to make the capture of Bin Laden the top priority. It was Obama who ordered the Navy Seals to plan and execute the mission. To say otherwise is pathetic sour grapes.

  4. Truly, the war is not over. The military and intelligence professionals must not rest as the al querda franchise in various countries need be rooted out.

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