Where were you on September 11, 2001? I remember exactly where I was. I was in Atlanta, Georgia, for a special session of the State Legislator. I was watching CNBC when the news broke of the attacks on the World Trade Center. For more than twenty years Osama bin Laden and his terrorist network have carried out attacks on American citizens and the freedom we represent: the 1993 attacks on the World Trade Center, the embassy bombings in Africa, the attack on the USS Cole and yes, the September 11, 2001 attacks that killed thousands of Americans at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a rural field in Pennsylvania.
On May 1, 2011, Osama bin Laden was brought to justice. The men and women of our Armed Services successfully carried out an attack against his hideout in Pakistan and put an end to Osama bin Laden's reign of terror. I want to say a special thank you to the intelligence community and all of the men and women who wear the uniform. I want to say thank you to their families. I want to say thank you to those who pray for our troops and their families.
This was a mission of great courage and we should herald it as a victory for our country and for our troops. I commend President Obama and former President George W. Bush for their steadfast commitment to ending Osama bin Laden's reign of terror. To watch a video clip of my thoughts on the death of Osama bin Laden, click here.
This victory closes a chapter in the war against radical Islam. However, there are many who still remain at large who wish to inflict harm on freedom loving people the world over. In the days following the attacks on September 11, 2001, President Bush remarked to the nation, "we will not tire, we will not falter, and we will not fail." We must remain vigilant in our efforts to promote democracy and freedom, we must continue to support the military men and women who have the courage to protect our freedom and we must remain proud that we live in the greatest country the world has ever known.