U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon), Vice Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, issued the following statement after the President's announcement that United States forces have killed Osama bin Laden:
"While the death of Osama bin Laden does not remove the threat of terrorism, it is an important milestone.
The credit for this success belongs primarily to the intelligence professionals who have hunted for him for years, following up lead after lead patiently and persistently, as well as to the expert military professionals who carried out this mission after constant training and preparation and experience with these types of operations.
President Obama should be credited with making the decision to proceed with the operation, as should CIA Director Panetta for its oversight.
Our nation is still at risk, and more attacks on Americans and others will come. But the primary instigator of so much cruel violence has been removed."
NOTE: Rep. Thornberry visited Pakistan in mid-April with Speaker Boehner and four other Members of the House. While in Pakistan, the delegation met with Prime Minister Yousaf Gillani, General Ashfaq Kayani, and U.S Ambassador Cameron Munter. The delegation also visited the 11th Corps headquarters in Peshawar to discuss the Pakistani military's security challenges as it engages in the fight against extremism and terrorism.