Bin Laden's death shouldn't be overstated amid broader war, Chandler warns

05/03/2011 04:38 PM

Next on the United States hit list of terrorists: Ayman al Zawahiri, the man many believe will succeed Osama Bin Laden as the head of Al Qaeda, said Sixth District Democratic Congressman Ben Chandler.

“He needs to be apprehended and dealt with,” Chandler said this week in a phone interview with Pure Politics’ Ryan Alessi. “We need to stamp out any threat to the welfare and safety of our citizens.” (see the 1 minute mark of the video)

Chandler said Bin Laden’s death is a banner day in U.S. history, but it shouldn’t be overstated in the grand scheme of the war on terror.

“My hope is that this is just an example and the world will see it as an example — and the world will see — that this is just an example of our country’s resolve and determination to make sure that when we’re attacked that there are consequences for that attack,” Chandler said. (see the 1:20 mark of the video)

But Chandler urged caution, saying Al Qaeda is still a threat.

“I hope that it will prove to be the cutting off of the head of the snake, but I do think we need to be careful,” Chandler said. (see the 2:30 mark of the video)

You can watch the first part of the interview, which aired in Monday’s program here.


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