Bin Laden reportedly dead; killed in Pakistan operation

Well, it took too long, but it seems the time has finally come.

Osama bin Laden is dead. His body is apparently in American custody. Reports are that bin Ladin was killed in an American operation in Islamabad, Pakistan. President Obama is expected to brief the country soon.

This doesn’t solve anything politically or militarily, or end anything other than the life of a mass murderer. But this is a moment in which all Americans, regardless of party, should join in satisfaction.

UPDATE: In his speech, President Obama reports that bin Laden was killed in a firefight with U.S. personnel. Intelligence regarding bin Laden’s whereabouts first appeared in August, and was only recently confirmed. There were no U.S. casualties in the operation.

Obama appropriately credited those in the intelligence community who helped track bin Laden, and those who carried out the mission to kill him. I can only imagine the jubilation of those given the assignment once they realized that they had found their man.

UPDATE II: Former President Bush has released a statement as well:

“Earlier this evening, President Obama called to inform me that American forces killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of the al Qaeda network that attacked America on September 11, 2001. I congratulated him and the men and women of our military and intelligence communities who devoted their lives to this mission. They have our everlasting gratitude. This momentous achievement marks a victory for America, for people who seek peace around the world, and for all those who lost loved ones on September 11, 2001. The fight against terror goes on, but tonight America has sent an unmistakable message: No matter how long it takes, justice will be done. “

– Jay Bookman

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Aquagirl

May 1st, 2011
11:26 pm

DEAD TERRORIST——YEAHHHHHHHHHHH!

El Jefe

May 1st, 2011
11:27 pm

My regrets are that it took 10 years and my son had to go to Afghanistan. On the other hand, another one bites the dust.

getalife

May 1st, 2011
11:30 pm

USA!

USA!

USA!

Four!

More!

Years!

Best President ever.

hsn

May 1st, 2011
11:30 pm

Jay,

Awating the President’s remarks, and I am VERRRRRY HAAAPPPPYYYYYYY !!!! We had to end this nonesense of him coming up every now and then to taunt us. Bravo to the men and women in uniform, the president, the CIA, and the pentagon !!!

Very, very, very nice job !!!!

hsn

Dale, Fred and Lucy

May 1st, 2011
11:30 pm

Donuts for the office! Belated justice but justice just the same.

Doggone/GA

May 1st, 2011
11:31 pm

“Best President ever”

Get someone competent on the job, things get done faster

Don't Forget

May 1st, 2011
11:32 pm

hsn

May 1st, 2011
11:33 pm

Catching and OR killing this guy was more important than anything else. This guy destroyed our national unity and if his head brings us back together, then so be it.

OBAMA, 2012 !!!!

Jay

May 1st, 2011
11:33 pm

Personally, I think this ought to be viewed as an American success, not a political success. Let’s join in this moment together, as Americans, as we did almost a decade ago when the terror attacks occurred.

getalife

May 1st, 2011
11:33 pm

“Get someone competent on the job, things get done faster.”

He is a keeper.

Dave R.

May 1st, 2011
11:36 pm

As usual, the delusional on here insist on assigning success or failure on a President, rather than the people who actually carried out the mission.

The President doesn’t drive up the debt, Congress does. He is an outside participant.

The President doesn’t develop military strategy, the Pentagon does. He merely approves it.

The President doesn’t drop a single bomb, fire a single bullet, or live for years undercover to get information. Never has, never will.

The continuing attempts to alternately vilify / beatify a President for something accomplished by others is ignorant and disgusting.

Doggone/GA

May 1st, 2011
11:36 pm

“guy destroyed our national unity”

No, he didn’t. He attacked us, and he destroyed some buildings and, more importantly, a few thousand lives. The immediate effect was to bring us CLOSER together, with each other and with the world.

Midori

May 1st, 2011
11:36 pm

Hold on — Linda and Donald Trump want to see the long form death certificate.

getalife

May 1st, 2011
11:37 pm

The President is calling for unity too Jay.

Lets see how our cons respond.

BADA BING

May 1st, 2011
11:41 pm

I heard that he was hiding in the Trump Towers in New York, when he was killed.

Midori

May 1st, 2011
11:42 pm

Left wing management

May 1st, 2011
11:42 pm

What’s that I see forming around the president’s figure? A modest coat of teflon, perhaps?

That said, Al Qaeda gains from this too. Now it has a martyr.

BADA BING

May 1st, 2011
11:44 pm

Somebody is getting a big reward for ratting him out.

say what?

May 1st, 2011
11:44 pm

This day is long overdue. Glad that the problem was rectified. USA USA USA. “America can do whatever we set our mind to do”-President Obama

thomas

May 1st, 2011
11:45 pm

Getalife, simply amazing that you say let’s see how the cons respond yet call them cons and have gloated this grand achievement by our men and women in the field. These men and women have given a small sense of justice if nothing else.
What a piece of work.
No matter how long I stay away from this site and have a hope for people to change I am sadly let down nearly without fail.
Congrats to all americans tonight!

Doggone/GA

May 1st, 2011
11:45 pm

“Al Qaeda gains from this too. Now it has a martyr.”

And it’s a safe bet that we better be vigilan for revenge attacks

getalife

May 1st, 2011
11:46 pm

Well said Mr. President and great job working with Pakistan.

Aquagirl

May 1st, 2011
11:47 pm

I think they should display Bin Ladin’s head out front of NY City Hall. Bring in some big bucks for the city tourism industry.

getalife

May 1st, 2011
11:47 pm

“And it’s a safe bet that we better be vigilan for revenge attacks.”

They raised the alert level.

The Leg Lamp™©® is a “major award”…..

May 1st, 2011
11:48 pm

BADA BING

May 1st, 2011
11:48 pm

Please don’t return the body. It will just be a rallying point for his followers.

The Leg Lamp™©® is a “major award”…..

May 1st, 2011
11:49 pm

Jay
May 1st, 2011
11:33 pm

Harumph, harumph!!

But you just know some talking head or politician will soon turn this in to a political argument.

Shell

May 1st, 2011
11:49 pm

Well said, Jay. Your original offering and your Comments reply at 11:33. I agree wholeheartedly.

getalife

May 1st, 2011
11:50 pm

There is a party going on outside the White House.

The Leg Lamp™©® is a “major award”…..

May 1st, 2011
11:50 pm

Midori
May 1st, 2011
11:36 pm

Gotta admit….that was funny!

Jay

May 1st, 2011
11:50 pm

Doggone, vigilance is required, but I doubt that at this point al Qaida has the infrastructure to respond.

A+A

May 1st, 2011
11:52 pm

It’s political as it can be-Obama did what Bush couldn’t. Or wouldn’t.
May our ‘cons’ choke on their own venom.

The Leg Lamp™©® is a “major award”…..

May 1st, 2011
11:52 pm

Doggone/GA
May 1st, 2011
11:31 pm

Unemployment? Deficit spending? National debt?, etc…..

Clinton "Skink" Tyree

May 1st, 2011
11:53 pm

Congratulations! Now, let’s get the hell outta Afghanistan and Iraq.

The Leg Lamp™©® is a “major award”…..

May 1st, 2011
11:53 pm

A+A
May 1st, 2011
11:52 pm

Wow, sounds like the venom is coming from you.

El Jefe

May 1st, 2011
11:53 pm

Special thanks to the Special Operations folks for a job well done.

The US military deserves all the thanks of a grateful nation. Good thing they are mostly conservative, a liberal would have given up by now.

Doggone/GA

May 1st, 2011
11:53 pm

“but I doubt that at this point al Qaida has the infrastructure to respond.”

Maybe not in a big way, but there’s still a lot of them out there, and in the agregate they could still go a lot of damage.

Congrats USA; Congrats, US armed forces, Congrats President Obama

May 1st, 2011
11:53 pm

Yippee!!!!!!!!!!!! The devil Osama Bin Laden is dead. Thank God for the success of our troops. And yes, thank you President Obama. You Obama-criticizers need to at least give KUDOS to Obama, because yes, this tremendous feat happened on HIS watch. If it happened on a repub’s watch, you’d praise that person; so man up and give it up for President Obama and America!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Gary

May 1st, 2011
11:53 pm

For once I agree with Jay. This isn’t a political victory. This is a victory for Americans tonight.

A+A

May 1st, 2011
11:54 pm

Oh lamp, the venom has been coming from you for years.

Dave R.

May 1st, 2011
11:54 pm

A+A: “Obama did what Bush couldn’t.”

See reality check above @ 11:36.

rightwingextreme

May 1st, 2011
11:54 pm

Congratulations to the brave men and women of our armed forces who shot this SOB.

Jay, you are wrong….this will be politicized very soon. it is happening already. i am willing to bet it will be within the week before you or CT have an article about how great obama is and how bad bush was because we got osama on his watch.

remember this….if we had done what obama wanted to do, we would have turned tail and run in Afghanistan. obama was totally against this war and promised to pull out the troops first thing.

good thing we didn’t listen to him.

Congrats USA; Congrats, US armed forces, Congrats President Obama

May 1st, 2011
11:55 pm

But now…get ready, because Bin Laden’s minions–some already upon our shores–are going to try to attack us. God Bless America.

BADA BING

May 1st, 2011
11:56 pm

You know, Monday morning is going to be a little easier to bear, and the sky will be a little brighter tomorrow.

Jay

May 1st, 2011
11:56 pm

Right Wing, you are doubly wrong.

You are wrong in your claim that I will write a piece along the lines that you claim.

And you are entirely, completely wrong about Obama and Afghanistan; he ran for the presidency pledging to increase our commitment to Afghanistan, and he has done so.

The Leg Lamp™©® is a “major award”…..

May 1st, 2011
11:57 pm

A+A
May 1st, 2011
11:54 pm

Um, nice try. First, I haven’t been posting here for years. Second, I haven’t seen your name very often. What was your previous post name(s)?

Dave R.

May 1st, 2011
11:57 pm

Uh, extreme?

OBL was killed in PAKistan, not AFGHANistan.

One doesn’t necessarily have to do with the other.

THE GOP LIKES A POLICE STATE & A BROKE AMERICA

May 1st, 2011
11:57 pm

RE-ELECT OBAMA 2012,HE HAS KEPT AMERICA SAFER THAN BUSH,PLUS HE HAD OSAMA KILLED!

P.S. G.O.P YOU FOOLS ARE ALL TALK AND NO WALK! GO OBAMA!

BADA BING

May 1st, 2011
11:58 pm

I knew that he was being hidden by Pakistan. They have been playing us for years.

getalife

May 1st, 2011
11:58 pm

thomas,

“Jay, you are wrong….this will be politicized very soon. it is happening already. i am willing to bet it will be within the week before you or CT have an article about how great obama is and how bad bush was because we got osama on his watch.

remember this….if we had done what obama wanted to do, we would have turned tail and run in Afghanistan. obama was totally against this war and promised to pull out the troops first thing.

good thing we didn’t listen to him”

I will accept your apology.

Clinton "Skink" Tyree

May 1st, 2011
11:58 pm

You just wait and see: The Donald will take credit for this, too. He told them where Bin Laden was and sent his men over there and took care of business.

Dave R.

May 1st, 2011
11:59 pm

“You are wrong in your claim that I will write a piece along the lines that you claim. ”

Yeah, it won’t be next week. Try just before November of 2012. ;)

George Bush

May 1st, 2011
11:59 pm

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED unfortunately not by me or mad man Cheney, How come Obama didn’t where a flight suit for the anouncement like I did? Oh I forgot we hadn’t a clue what the mission was let alone how to end it. Back to reading My Pet Goat.

The Leg Lamp™©® is a “major award”…..

May 2nd, 2011
12:00 am

It will be nice to learn the details. First we heard it was a strike from a bomb, and now we hear he was killed by gunfire. A lot to still be reported.

Also, I wonder about the fallout Pakistan may get from the other muslim countries.

j

May 2nd, 2011
12:00 am

Thank you GW for having the guts to start this war! God bless

Michael

May 2nd, 2011
12:01 am

I hope they killed some Lieutenants, grabbed a bunch of laptops, satellite phones and other intelligence.

Donald Trump

May 2nd, 2011
12:02 am

I do not believe Obama- my people ar investigating and do not believe the body is Bin Laden”s . Anyway he is not dead until I say so, Who the hell believes anything that f__________g black man says.

The Leg Lamp™©® is a “major award”…..

May 2nd, 2011
12:03 am

Oh yeah, when Obama spoke I thought I heard him say he gave the order “today”. I believe it was a misstatement but I’m sure we’ll learn more later.

THE GOP LIKES A POLICE STATE & A BROKE AMERICA

May 2nd, 2011
12:04 am

LOOKS LIKE THE DEMOCRAT POTUS WALKS THE TALK!

BARRY GOT OSAMA,WHAT DO YOU HICK REPUBLICANS HAVE TO SAY NOW?

Dave R.

May 2nd, 2011
12:04 am

Good observation, Leg Lamp. Hope & Punt ™ was very specific in claiming cooperation from Pakistan, in part to dispel any notion that they haven’t been very cooperative in the past, but it can’t have been real warm and fuzzy to hear those words if you are PART of the Pakistan intelligence group.

Some of them have big targets on their chests right now.

The Leg Lamp™©® is a “major award”…..

May 2nd, 2011
12:04 am

While it’s interesting to see the celebration outside the White House, don’t you just know Al Jazeera will show this and whip up some real anti-American resentment.

hsn

May 2nd, 2011
12:04 am

Ok, Dave. R,

We hear you !!! You are NOT saying anything new. “The president doesn’t drop bombs?” What a revelation! Who would have thought of that.

FACT: If this had happened on Bush’s watch,he WOULD HAVE DESERVEDLY GOTTEN THE KUDOS! The same is true for the current one. People are just HAPPY that this guy is killed and in the spurt of the moment, they may give kudos to Obama, the CIA, the pentagon, Armed forces, some of the above, OR all of the above. Why is this a big deal ?

Stop the unnecessary lctures about what the president can do and cannot. Nobody gives a hoot. What we care about is this guy HAD TO BE KILLED, REGARDLESS OF WHO IS in the White House. Nonesense !

thankful..

May 2nd, 2011
12:04 am

May he rot in hell…..

Left wing management

May 2nd, 2011
12:04 am

Jay: “Doggone, vigilance is required, but I doubt that at this point al Qaida has the infrastructure to respond.”

Now the full significance of that near-miss over Detroit Christmas before last starts to come into view, as Peter Bergen of CNN has repeatedly pointed out. If that plot had succeeded, it may have well brought the young Obama administration to its knees, with many other incalculable consequences. This success has to be seen in light of that earlier near-miss, and together the extremely good fortune of Obama starts to look very remarkable. But that in itself will bring new pitfalls going forward.

Tom Middleton

May 2nd, 2011
12:05 am

How great that bin Laden lived long enough to witness the Arab uprisings for democracy, and to know beyond doubt that he and his Al Qaeda had failed miserably in their goal of world domination.

These last few months for him must have been spent in utter chaos and depression, devoid of any semblance of his self-worth. Thank you, Mr. President!

getalife

May 2nd, 2011
12:05 am

BTW thomas,

If you go to the end of the last thread, some cons did not take this great news well and many will come here so stay tuned thomas.

You will not see the party outside the WH on fox news but CNN is covering it.

Dick Cheney

May 2nd, 2011
12:05 am

I still think Obama knows nothing about fighting terrorism. If he were not such a wimp, he should have dropped a nuclear bomb on Kaddafi- Bin Laden is small potatoes.

Firetech

May 2nd, 2011
12:06 am

I do give kuddo’s to Obama…. For sticking with President Bush and his party’s tactics!! AND for the ground work of ALL military ops. God bless America!

The Leg Lamp™©® is a “major award”…..

May 2nd, 2011
12:06 am

THE GOP LIKES A POLICE STATE & A BROKE AMERICA
May 2nd, 2011
12:04 am

“BARRY GOT OSAMA,WHAT DO YOU HICK REPUBLICANS HAVE TO SAY NOW?”

Hmm,

Unemployment

Deficit spending

Trade deficit

National debt

Declining value of the dollar

and on and on…..

Hillbilly Deluxe

May 2nd, 2011
12:06 am

Personally, I think this ought to be viewed as an American success, not a political success. Let’s join in this moment together, as Americans, as we did almost a decade ago when the terror attacks occurred.

Amen to that. These things always take to long and they take too long because operations of this sort are very difficult to pull off. In similar instances, it took a long time to get Carlos the Jackal, Pablo Escobar and others. The race doesn’t always go to the swiftest and in this case, hard work and persistence paid off. We may never know the full details of what happened but it took some special people to make it happen.

@@

May 2nd, 2011
12:06 am

Pakistan? We invaded a sovereign country!!??!! Say it ain’t so!!!!!

vigilance is required, but I doubt that at this point al Qaida has the infrastructure to respond.

Me too. The snake lost its head years ago. The body’s been writhing.

Mr. Snarky

May 2nd, 2011
12:07 am

Mission Accomplished! No flight suit required.

RW-(the original)

May 2nd, 2011
12:07 am

If Obama got an accurate lead last August that OBL was where he was and finally became convinced this week that the accurate lead was something to be acted on then I hope some of you that think he can act and deliver in real time aren’t too disappointed when the clock runs out on his term while he’s still contemplating what to act on.

All in all not a bad statement by him though. He only devolved into his typical pettiness about how he was the one that finally took things seriously once. The statements by GWB and Billy Jeff were both characteristically much better.

The Leg Lamp™©® is a “major award”…..

May 2nd, 2011
12:07 am

thankful..
May 2nd, 2011
12:04 am

….with his 72 virgins no less…..

DannyX

May 2nd, 2011
12:08 am

Osama Bin Laden was killed on the 8th anniversary of the infamous George W Bush “Mission Accomplished” speech.

May 1, 2003

Dave R.

May 2nd, 2011
12:09 am

“FACT: If this had happened on Bush’s watch,he WOULD HAVE DESERVEDLY GOTTEN THE KUDOS!”

Only from the ignorant, hsn.

BADA BING

May 2nd, 2011
12:09 am

Some people in the US cheered when the Towers fell. Tomorrow it is our turn to return the favor.

Firetech

May 2nd, 2011
12:10 am

Hey getalife. Fox IS covering it right now. Once again your wrong!!

What Goes Around Comes Around

May 2nd, 2011
12:11 am

We told all of you IDIOT REPULBLICANS…OBAMA IS NO JOKE!!!!!

He knew a week ago. How cooool is he? You did not know he knew. Ha

God Bless America and the Republicans 2

@@

May 2nd, 2011
12:11 am

Did anyone advise Obama not to shine a bright light on Pakistan? Not a good idea under the circumstances.

Dave R.

May 2nd, 2011
12:11 am

Time to hit the sack.

getalife

May 2nd, 2011
12:11 am

Come on cons.

thomas said you would not act this way.

Where is the unity and patriotism?

Talk about a piece of work.

Hillbilly Deluxe

May 2nd, 2011
12:13 am

You will not see the party outside the WH on fox news but CNN is covering it

It’s actually being shown on CNN, MSNBC, Fox and probably others, as well.

BADA BING

May 2nd, 2011
12:13 am

Next week, a lot of US flags will be burned in the Arab world. All of them ‘Made In China”.

getalife

May 2nd, 2011
12:13 am

Turn on CNN and watch the party of patriotism.

Special forces got him after a fire fight.

Pakistan helped.

j

May 2nd, 2011
12:13 am

Am I wrong, but isn’t mission accomplish about Iraq? Just sayin… on another note, wtf is going on in Pakistan… its like the Damn wild west.

Jay

May 2nd, 2011
12:13 am

I wonder whether we’ll ever know the names of those US personnel who carried out this mission.

The Leg Lamp™©® is a “major award”…..

May 2nd, 2011
12:13 am

What Goes Around Comes Around
May 2nd, 2011
12:11 am

“We told all of you IDIOT REPULBLICANS…”

Repulblicans? BAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!! Now who’s the idiot?

@@

May 2nd, 2011
12:14 am

Getalife:

I’m happy. Our military is the BESTEST!!!

getalife

May 2nd, 2011
12:14 am

HD,

Not on fox.

The Leg Lamp™©® is a “major award”…..

May 2nd, 2011
12:14 am

Jay
May 2nd, 2011
12:13 am

Their names should never be released or they and their families will have a bounty put on them.

hsn

May 2nd, 2011
12:14 am

Only from the ignorant, hsn.

Okay, enlightened one, did you give the orders to drop the bombs?

Doggone/GA

May 2nd, 2011
12:15 am

“I wonder whether we’ll ever know the names of those US personnel who carried out this mission”

Not any time soon, I hope. The last thing we need to do is paint a target on their backs.

Jay

May 2nd, 2011
12:16 am

That’s why I wondered about it, Leg. It will be an interesting gauge of how confident we are about al Qaida’s ability to respond.

What Goes Around Comes Around

May 2nd, 2011
12:16 am

@Dick Cheney May 2nd, 2011 12:05 am

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BADA BING

May 2nd, 2011
12:16 am

Are you paying attention Moamar?

@@

May 2nd, 2011
12:16 am

Getalife:

You’re overplaying your character a wee bit.

G’nite!

getalife

May 2nd, 2011
12:17 am

Now fox is showing the party.

Left wing management

May 2nd, 2011
12:18 am

Peter Bergen on CNN now suggesting that global jihad is effectively dead, that OBL is utterly irreplaceable and the crucial link to the era of Soviet aggression is now broken with no possibility of being carried on.

A rather bold claim, one I’m not sure I agree with, but worth pondering.

j

May 2nd, 2011
12:18 am

No jay, those unit operators like their hidden identities :)