Obama's Speech on Killing Osama Bin Laden

Obama's speech: 9:36 p.m. (Live blogging) (Update: Full text now available here.)

Obama starts recounting the 9/11 attacks.

He says years ago Osama escaped from Afghanistan into Pakistan. After he took office, he directed Leon Panetta to make the killing or capture of Osama the top priority.

Last August, they got a lead. It took many months to run it to ground. Osama was within a compound deep into Pakistan. Obama determined last week we had enough intelligence to take action and he authorized an operation.

Today the targeted operation was carried out in Pakistan. No Americans or civilians were killed. They got Osama and recovered his body. Osama bin Laden was brought to justice. [More...]

The killing of Osama is the greatest achievement in our fight against al Qaida.

He stresses that the U.S. is not at war with Islam. Bin Laden was not a Muslimleader, but a mass murderer of Muslims.

He praises Pakistan and says our counter-terrorism efforts with Pakistan helped us locate him. He called Pakistan's leaders afterwards and they agree Osama's death is a positive thing for both of our countries.

Obama says justice has been done.

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    So long Bin... (5.00 / 2) (#3)
    by desertswine on Sun May 01, 2011 at 11:02:59 PM EST
    send me a postcard from the nether regions. And good riddance.

    I'm sorry (5.00 / 3) (#8)
    by nycstray on Sun May 01, 2011 at 11:19:43 PM EST
    celebrations outside the WH just seem wrong. Flag waving and cheering/chanting like a sports event . . .

    perhaps a candlelight memory of those lost in 9/11 and the following wars would be more fitting.

    Looking at the video on ABC (5.00 / 2) (#13)
    by ruffian on Sun May 01, 2011 at 11:27:41 PM EST
    it looks pretty much like the same gang that would be at a sports event. Many young men, maybe drunk on sheer joy I will say charitably. I just don't think this is the best side of people.

    Also I don't like the crowds becoming the story.


    Agree and I just wrote that in a new post (none / 0) (#10)
    by Jeralyn on Sun May 01, 2011 at 11:24:22 PM EST
    Lots of hospitals in the vicinity: (5.00 / 1) (#11)
    by oculus on Sun May 01, 2011 at 11:25:35 PM EST

    I always thought it unlikely Bin Laden was obtaining dyalisis in a cave in Afghanistan.

    Remember when... (5.00 / 2) (#12)
    by Dadler on Sun May 01, 2011 at 11:27:10 PM EST
    ...it was the war to end all wars? Remember when the Berlin Wall coming down was going to change absolutely everything?  Remember when Saddam being killed was going to be a huge turning point?

    Listen, you won't get me to mourn OBL, but neither will you get me to feel ANYthing about it.  Celebrating this, after the murderous blunders we continue to make, I don't know, nothing about it seems right.  Bow your head, be thankful, but we're no force of righteous freedom here.  And we ALL know that.

    Nobody here, or on any responsible (5.00 / 0) (#15)
    by gyrfalcon on Sun May 01, 2011 at 11:47:11 PM EST
    news network (which apparently no longer includes ABC) has suggested such a thing.  So why are you lecturing us?

    ::shrug:: (none / 0) (#20)
    by sj on Mon May 02, 2011 at 09:51:01 AM EST
    I don't feel lectured to by Dadler at all.

    Pakistan's leaders will have some (none / 0) (#1)
    by oculus on Sun May 01, 2011 at 10:54:56 PM EST
    explaining to do to their electorate.  

    Given... (5.00 / 3) (#2)
    by Tony on Sun May 01, 2011 at 10:56:35 PM EST
    Osama's location, I think they have some explaining to do to the United States as well.

    Yep. Gonna be an interesting story when (none / 0) (#4)
    by ruffian on Sun May 01, 2011 at 11:04:54 PM EST
    and if it all comes out- who knew what when.

    My comment was from the perspective (none / 0) (#5)
    by oculus on Sun May 01, 2011 at 11:09:37 PM EST
    the population of Pakistan strongly abhors U.S. incursion into their territory.  

    Too bad for them (none / 0) (#6)
    by andgarden on Sun May 01, 2011 at 11:10:30 PM EST
    Maybe they shouldn't have been harboring Osama Bin Laden.

    LOL (5.00 / 1) (#7)
    by ruffian on Sun May 01, 2011 at 11:17:50 PM EST
    Yes (5.00 / 1) (#14)
    by lilburro on Sun May 01, 2011 at 11:31:47 PM EST
    a giant HMMMMMM crawls across the land...of Pakistan....

    other than knowing OBL is dead, I hope this leads to some increased realism in our policy.


    Normally (none / 0) (#16)
    by Socraticsilence on Mon May 02, 2011 at 05:05:27 AM EST
    (like say if he'd b in the tribal region) I'd say its hard for Pakistan to have known, but seeing as he was shot in a massive custom built mansion less than a 1000 yards from their version of West Point, yeah an explanation would be nice.

    I know what you mean, but I think they will (none / 0) (#9)
    by ruffian on Sun May 01, 2011 at 11:20:22 PM EST
    probably allow a bin Laden exception.  Going forward though, I bet we see less cooperation and a 'you got what you came for, now stay out' attitude.

    Nah (none / 0) (#18)
    by Militarytracy on Mon May 02, 2011 at 06:10:59 AM EST
    This IS the real Pakistan :)  It was probably the CIAs infiltration of ISI that caused us to find out where he was.