"For nearly a decade, our military and intelligence communities have fought tirelessly to bring Osama bin Laden to justice. While the war on terrorism is far from over, the brave men and women of our armed forces demonstrated the strength of America's resolve with their heroic actions in Pakistan yesterday. The death of Osama bin Laden marks an important victory for the cause of peace and justice in the world, and it is my hope that it provides at least some sense of closure to all those who lost loved ones on 9/11. I extend my most heartfelt gratitude to our servicemen and servicewomen and to the members of the US intelligence community, who have sacrificed so much to protect and preserve our freedoms. I also congratulate and thank President Bush for his leadership and determination in initiating this mission, and to President Obama for continuing this fight to completion as the Commander in Chief."