Palazzo calls Bin Laden's death a turning point in war on terror

Mississippi Congressman Steven Palazzo is a member of the House Armed Services committee.  On Monday, he returned to Washington and expected to be briefed on how America's military took out Osama Bin Laden.

Palazzo's office released this statement from the congressman.

"Last night's announcement of the death of Osama bin Laden is a major turning point in the War on Terror.  I hope the news will strengthen America's resolve to bring an end to nearly ten years of conflict in Afghanistan on our terms: total victory over terror and those who harbor terrorists.  As we approach the ten year mark since the horrible attacks on September 11th, 2001, I cannot help but to think of the victims and their families.

"I think back to the days shortly after the attacks when President Bush stood at Ground Zero on top of a pile of smoldering rubble.  He grabbed a bull horn, wrapped his arm around a fireman's shoulders and said words that uplifted a nation, 'I can hear you, the rest of the world hears you, and the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon.'  It has been ten long years, but Bin laden has finally heard the clear message that the United States does not relent in our defense of freedom and liberty.

"President Obama also deserves credit for his efforts to bring Osama bin Laden to justice.  As we rejoice today, we must remain vigilant and not forget that our brave military forces continue to fight the War on Terror.  I commend the armed forces and intelligence community for the sacrifice they've made to ensure America remains safe and free."

Rep. Palazzo is supposed to be a guest on WLOX News at 6:00 to talk more about what he's learned regarding the death of Osama Bin Laden.

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