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