Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (MN-06), a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement on the one-year anniversary of the death of Osama bin Laden:
"One year ago today, a nearly ten-year mission ended with the assassination of Osama bin Laden. The world breathed a collective sigh of relief, and while we will never forget the devastation and grief caused by the attacks on September 11, there seemed to be a shared optimism that his death would bring closure in Afghanistan.
"One year later, the President's mission in the war-torn nation remains unclear. He apologizes for America's actions, and we are left with no clear mission for our troops.
"Our troops are one of America's greatest resources. The men and women in uniform -- and their loved ones -- step up and bravely make sacrifices to serve their country. We cannot let their sacrifices be in vain. We need to have an end goal; we need to remove politics from military decisions; and we must not let another American die for a cause undefined.
"I remain proud and grateful for the President, the U.S. military and the intelligence community's decisive action last year. Violent Islamic terrorists remain a threat going forward, and our mission must remain to provide a stable Afghanistan. I call on President Obama to reaffirm that mission."