Senator John Kerry, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after President Obama informed the nation that U.S. operatives had killed Osama bin Laden:
“The killing of Osama bin Laden closes an important chapter in our war against extremists who kill innocent people around the world. We are a nation of peace and laws, and people everywhere should understand that our ten-year manhunt was in search of justice not revenge. Terrorists everywhere must never doubt that the United States will hunt them down no matter where they are, no matter how long it takes.
“We owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to the men and women of our intelligence agencies and our military for their tireless dedication and enormous sacrifice to bring justice to a man responsible for the deaths of nearly 3,000 Americans on September 11 and thousands more men, women, and children around the world.
“I commend President Obama and his national security team for never forgetting the need to secure justice for those who lost their lives nearly 10 years ago and for those who have lost their lives in the war against extremism that continues today.
“A single death does not end the threat from Al Qaeda and its affiliated groups. We must remain vigilant and committed to keeping the world safe and secure.”
It should be noted in the light of the news of Osama bin Laden’s death, that Senator Kerry was a vocal critic of former President Bush’s failure to capture Bin Laden in Tora Bora.
The Caucus has more the official reaction to Bin Laden’s death.