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Texas Politicians Issue Statements on Bin Laden Death



    Texas Politicians Issue Statements on Bin Laden Death

    With the death of 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden, many Texas politicians have issued statements congratulating President Barack Obama on the success of the mission.  Read them below, in their entirety.

    "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." -- former President George W. Bush

    "This is a profoundly important moment not just for the families of those who lost their lives on 9/11 and in al-Qaida’s other attacks but for people all over the world who want to build a common future of peace, freedom, and cooperation for our children. I congratulate the President, the National Security team and the members of our armed forces on bringing Osama bin Laden to justice after more than a decade of murderous al-Qaida attacks." -- former President Bill Clinton

    "After years on the run, Osama bin Laden was finally brought to justice Sunday night. On behalf of all Texans, I'd like to extend our gratitude to the brave men and women of our military and intelligence communities who devoted their lives to tracking this individual down, particularly the members of our valiant special forces who flew into harm's way Sunday to finally put an end to bin Laden's murderous reign. Our thoughts and prayers remain with those who will continue to wage our global fight on terror, placing their own lives on the line to keep us safe back here at home." -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry

    “Our mission has always been to take down Osama bin Laden, leader of al-Qaeda, the terrorist network that killed thousands of innocent Americans on September 11, 2001. That mission has now been accomplished through the patience and steadfast determination of our military, our intelligence officials, and the united leadership of Presidents Bush and Obama. Now we must continue to dismantle this and other terrorist networks that attempt to destroy freedom and human rights throughout the world.” -- U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison

    “I just spoke to President George W. Bush this morning, and he said this is a great day for America. What he put in motion and what President Obama brought to completion is a huge boost for our country.” -- U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison

    "In the aftermath of 9/11, President Bush promised a fearful, grieving nation that those individuals responsible for this atrocity would be brought to justice. Now, nearly a decade after those horrific attacks, President Obama informs us that justice has finally been served. Let this serve as a grave reminder to all those who wish to do our nation harm: If you murder Americans, you will be hunted, you will be found and you will be brought to justice. I commend the military and intelligence professionals whose tremendous efforts ended the reign of this terrorist mastermind. While this will never bring their loved ones back, it is my hope that this will somehow ease the pain of the families of those who were lost on September 11th, 2001." -- U.S. Senator John Cornyn

    "The face of evil has been eradicated thanks to American forces' dogged pursuit of justice. The Twin Towers may no longer stand, but American justice--and exceptionalism--will forever prevail. We will never forget." -- Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott

    “I congratulate President Obama and his team for this significant accomplishment.  I also congratulate President Bush who carried the War on Terror to our enemies and adopted the legal framework for that effort that continues today. The brave work of members of our military, law enforcement and the intelligence community makes all Americans proud. The death of Osama bin Laden is a victory for all who have worked so hard to defend our nation since 9/11. It is also a time to remember once again the victims of terrorist attacks, and the men and women who have given their lives to keep our nation secure. God bless America.” -- Alberto Gonzales, former U.S. Attorney General and current Texas Tech University visiting professor in political science

    "Almost ten years after the attacks on September 11 that took almost 3,000 lives, Osama bin Laden has been brought to justice. To our brave men and women who have been fighting for our freedom and those who have given the ultimate sacrifice, and to our intelligence agencies that have provided their tireless support, I want to thank them for their efforts that led to this success. I also want to thank President Obama, as well as President Bush, for their leadership. "The death of bin Laden is great news for the security of America and marks a key achievement in our efforts to defeat al Qaeda. America will remain vigilant in our fight against al Qaeda and other radical extremism around the world, and we will continue to do everything we can to protect the American people." -- Congressman Michael C. Burgess

    "The news that so many Americans have been waiting for since September 11, 2001, has finally come: Osama bin Laden is dead. Words cannot adequately express how proud I am of the brave American warriors and intelligence officers who helped deliver justice yesterday. They, along with all servicemen and women serving our great nation, deserve the praise and appreciation of every American. I also congratulate President Obama and his administration for this important victory. I stand with Americans from coast to coast who are celebrating this news, while remembering the victims of the attack that changed the world on that September day. As the President rightly stated in his address to the nation, America did not start this war. But thanks to the resolve of the American spirit and the heroism of our fighting forces, this war will end on our terms: in victory over terror in the name of peace and freedom for all." -- Congressman Jeb Hensarling