Republican Colorado Congressman Mike Coffman, a U.S. Marine veteran who twice served in Iraq, issued the following statement on the death of 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden in Pakistan early Monday morning. Coffman serves on the House Armed Services Committee.“This will bring closure to the attack on 9/11 but it will have nothing to do with ending the global war on terror. After 9/11, U.S. efforts to target the leadership of al Qaeda caused Osama bin Laden to keep his head down causing him to lose operational control of al Qaeda ending his ability to initiate attacks against the United States.
“At that point, al Qaeda became more of a decentralized movement instead of a structured organization,” Coffman said. “However, since Osama bin Laden was seen as the spiritual leader of radical Islam we should be prepared for stepped up attacks against American targets as well as a strong reaction by Pakistani Islamic militants against their government for their cooperation. Congratulations to our special operations personnel who conducted this successful mission.”
Various reports indicate the United States did not inform Pakistan of the Navy SEAL raid on bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, just north of the capital of Islamabad. Bin Laden reportedly died in a fierce firefight in which several members of his security team were killed but no Americans lost their lives. Bin Laden reportedly was buried at sea within 24 hours of his death – in accordance with Islamic dictates – so that there will be no burial ground to serve as a rallying place for militants.
Colorado’s senior member of Congress, Democrat Diana DeGette, issued this statement late Sunday night:
“Tonight’s news is a testament to the leadership of President Barack Obama, the ability and tireless perseverance of our men and women in uniform, and the dedication of our intelligence officers that work around-the-clock to support and direct their efforts.
“With today’s actions and tonight’s announcement, we have affirmed our commitment to hold accountable those who seek to do this country harm, and not rest until they are brought to justice.”