U.S.Congressman Sean Duffy (WI-07) is currently returning from a Congressional delegation trip to Afghanistan where he met with top American military and civilian leaders, including General David Petraeus and Ambassador Karl Eikenberry, as well as local Afghani leaders. During his visit, Congressman Duffy was also briefed by Special Forces soldiers and commanders responsible for carrying out missions like the one that successfully killed Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan.
Congressman Duffy issued the following statement about the death of Osama Bin Laden:
"The daring and successful mission carried out by our Special Forces Navy SEALs yesterday to kill Osama Bin Laden could've been right out of an action film. The celebrations and the pride Americans feel today in their military, CIA, and government for capturing the world's most wanted terrorist are appropriate and justified.
"I am humbled and deeply grateful for the opportunity to have spent time with our troops in Afghanistan who have served on the front lines in harm's way for nearly a decade now. Their service and sacrifice truly represents the very best of American honor and valor. It is the tireless efforts of all of our military personnel and intelligence agencies that led to yesterday's great news. It's important to remember that while Bin Laden is dead, Al Qaeda is not. Our enemies will surely attempt to retaliate. Nonetheless, this is a significant victory for America that tells terrorist that we will hunt you down and bring you to justice wherever you are.
"It is fitting, at this moment, to remember those who perished on 9/11 and those who have sacrificed their lives in the defense of freedom. I had the honor of attending a memorial service in Kabul for the nine Americans killed at Kabul airport last week as well as participating in the "Angel Flight' of an Appleton native killed in Afghanistan. I was deeply moved and humbled to be part of these events. I will always keep their families and all military families in my thoughts and prayers.
"As our troops continue to keep us safe, it is comforting to know that the mastermind of 9/11 will never be able to harm us again."