Kentucky's congressional delegation reacts to Osama bin Laden's death

05/02/2011 08:15 AM

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell hailed the death of Osama bin Laden as the culmination of tireless work by military leaders to make good on Americans’ pledge to those who died in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

“This is a great victory in the War on Terror and for all who have worked so tirelessly over the years to thwart the monstrous designs of this madman and his disciples,” McConnell said in the statement

He said Bin Laden’s death has “made good on that pledge” Americans made on Sept. 11, 2001, never to forget those who died in the attack in New York, the Pentagon and in the field outside Shanksville, Pa., where United Flight 93 went down.

“It is proof that no matter how difficult or how long it takes, our military, intelligence forces and law enforcement officials will never stop until the job is done,” McConnell said.

Kentucky U.S. Sen. Rand Paul issued a statement praising military and intelligence leaders over the last two administrations.

“I commend our troops, the intelligence community, and the military leaders involved in both the administrations of Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama for their perseverance and courage in pursuit of this most grievous enemy of the United States of America,” Paul’s statement said.

And U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Hopkinsville, called Bin Laden’s death “a triumph for the world and … indisputable victory in the war on terrorism.”

“Moving forward in Afghanistan and Iraq in the wake of this victory, I will continue to ensure that our service men and women have the resources necessary to complete their missions and return home victorious to a grateful nation,” he said.

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers, R-Somerset, also praised U.S. Forces Monday morning for their service abroad in Iraq and Afghanistan and for pursuing Bin Laden over the last 10 years.

“Instead of cowering and capitulating, our nation and our allies rose up against this international menace,” he said. “Today, while our flag flies strong and true, we must never forget the families or the lessons of 9/11.”

Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth of Louisville issued a statement Monday morning calling Bin Laden’s death “the most significant strike in the fight against al-Qaeda to date and a military victory unrivaled for decades.”

“We will never forget the pain and loss of that terrible day in 2001, but now, that world will always remember that when things seemed darkest, the United States of America never let up, never gave in, never stopped fighting until success was achieved — just as we always have and as we will continue to do,” Yarmuth said.

Republican U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie of Bowling Green said: “I join the President and all Americans in gratitude to our armed forces and the intelligence community for the outstanding job they have done in bringing Osama bin Laden to justice.”


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