Clyburn Floor Statement Commending Successful Bin Laden Raid

May 4, 2011 Issues: Defense and National Security

WASHINGTON, DC—Assistant Democratic Leader James E. Clyburn today delivered remarks commending those responsible for the successful operation which resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden. Following are his remarks as prepared.

“Mr. Speaker, I rise to commend and give heartfelt thanks to all those who played roles in the operation that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden.

“First and foremost, President Obama who came into office determined to renew the focus on Osama bin Laden, and he has delivered. His gutsy decision to proceed with the raid as he did, as opposed to striking the compound from the air, will go down in history as one of the great presidential decisions of all time.

“Next, the Navy SEALs who carried out the mission. Their unparalleled courage, dedication, and physical and mental strength are truly awe-inspiring and were crucial for the success of the operation. We can all be incredibly glad that they are on our side, because they are the best.

“Thirdly, CIA Director Leon Panetta, and all the unsung heroes in our Intelligence Community who do their work anonymously, and seldom receive well-deserved accolades. Their families sacrifice immensely so that they can serve our country.

Last Sunday’s accomplishment was one they have been working for years to achieve, and we are all immensely grateful for their meticulous and daring work.

“I want to emphasize that this successful operation was not the result of a day, a week, a month, or even a year. Nor did it result from a single administration or particular Congress. This is not a Democratic or Republican accomplishment, this is an American accomplishment.

“We have been trying to eliminate this threat to our homeland since 1993, and the effort has continued unabated as the White House and the Congress have switched hands several times. While nothing can bring back the lives lost at the World Trade Center back in 1993, our Embassies in Nairobi, Kenya and Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, the USS Cole and the Twin Towers on September 11, last Sunday’s events serve as a modicum of closure for many Americans and should be a reminder to those who wish to do us harm that America does not waver in the pursuit of justice.

“God bless the men and women in uniform and their families, who work every day to protect our nation and its people. And God bless the United States of America.”