Minn. Delegation Reacts To Bin Laden’s Death

MINNEAPOLIS (AP/WCCO) — Minnesota’s congressional delegation reacts to the death of Osama bin Laden by urging constituents to remember the lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001 and to remain vigilant.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar says the killing of bin Laden “brings a measure of justice” for the families of those lost to terrorism, including Tom Burnett of Minnesota.

Congressman Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress, says the death of Osama bin Laden marks the most significant accomplishment yet in the war against al-Qaida. He also says that people of all faiths can recognize that bin Laden was a “truly evil man.”

Congressman Tim Walz says his thoughts are with the “brave men and women in uniform.” U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen says bin Laden’s death “marks a significant achievement in the fight against terrorism.”

Congressman John Kline says that while the world is free from “one truly evil man, we are still at war with Islamist extremists.”

Congresswoman Betty McCollum said she has plenty of questions about bin Laden — and Pakistan.

McCollum said she can’t wait for next week’s classified briefing in Washington.

“Because we’re going to be asking some really hard and fast questions,” said the Fourth District democrat in an interview with WCCO’s John Williams.

WCCO’s John Williams Interviews Betty McCollum

McCollum said her questions will focus on bin Laden’s ability to elude capture, most recently in a large compound outside a city in Pakistan.

“Who, in the Pakistan government or military, knew about his whereabouts and when? And what kind of assistance did he receive?” she said.

McCollum praised U.S. forces for keeping its plans private for several months, ending with a successful mission against the world’s most wanted man.

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  • Bill Shepard

    Where, was is body guard?

    • OSAMA'S DEAD!!!!!! USA RULES!!

      One one his multiple wives were his human shield when he was shot. no joke. can we say pathetic coward?

  • Cache

    Body Guard…phooey…Killed by our great troops … Our Military Men are great heros.

  • Dave

    Navy SEAL Team Six gets all the credit.

  • SG

    Not that the world isn’t extremely better off without this guy, but I worry that he will now be viewed as a martyr.

  • Lisa Gonyea

    He is shark food now…all the better! And KUDOS to Seal Team 6, and though I am no fan of the presidentt…KUDOS to him too for authorizing it. After all he is Commander and Chief!

  • Ron

    What I don’t understand is if he was killed seven days ago why wasn’t the travel warning announced then. The muslins knew he was dead. Also if the pres suspected he was hiding out since August of last year why were we launching hundreds of drone strikes all over Pakistan for the last eight months and not at that house. Just some thoughts.

  • Lori

    Who are you? You should be ashamed of yourself. This post should be taken out. Its beyound disrespectful. Politics aside, this is a horrible thing to say.

    • DannyG

      Lori, he/she should be ashamed, but the fact that he/she said it, I doubt they will. But no, the post should not be taken out, it’s the price for freedom of speech that we pay… Have a good day, and let Nobama wallow in his/her ignorance!!!

  • smb

    I bet it just burns you up that President Obama was actually able to keep his priorities straight and accomplish something that Bush couldn’t.

    Bush could have had this honor but he allowed the country to get side tracked in Iraq.

    • Sick of sick of

      Give President Obama credit for keeping Bush policies in Iraq and Afghanistan in place even though he campaigned telling the American people otherwise! Some of the key intelligence for this successful Navy Seal operation came from interrogations of prisoners in Guantanamo, a prison Obama promised to shut down.

      • albert

        You don’t know any of these details for sure, and in any case whoever’s butt is in the Oval Office gets the credit when it goes good, the blame when it goes bad.

        The fact that Bush HAD a policy of military intervention in Iraq shows his idiocy.

        Bush had 7 years and failed. Obama has taken 2.5 years and succeeded. End of line.

        • me

          Except he did nothing different than Bush… He used the same tatics and policies. It was only a matter of time before we got him. I know you hate Bush but Clinton had 8 years to get him when there was a clear link to the Embassy bombings and the Cole attack, yet he did nothing because the public opinion poll told him not to. OUR MILITARY GOT HIM.

        • Bill

          You’re right in 2.5 years 0bama has been given credit for killing the somali pirates and killing OBL. 0bama the blind squirrel has managed to find 2 nuts and both came by him not getting in the way of the professionals and letting them do their jobs.

          Makes you wonder what would happen if he would just get out of the Country’s way and stop trying to “help”.

          • Mike

            Bill- The leader of the military, Commander and Chief, President Obama is who led this mission and ordered the Seals in.
            If want to be critical than lets talk about Republican President Bush who allowed the towers to be taken down…………..Dumb a$$.

            • Joe

              You sound like a classy guy, Mike. Another liberal criticizing Bush when it isn’t warranted. You’re so full of hate and deny any failings of Obama because you close your eyes to reality. Most democrats do that, don’t feel too bad.

    • Bill

      Pres_nt Obama didn’t actually do anything he just decided not to get in the way of our troops doing their job.

      Just like when he didn’t get in the way of the SEALS taking out the somali pirates. He did a good job signing the orders though, I will give him credit for that.

      • Joe

        Right. That’s exactly how it happened, Bill. He’s otherwise been disrespecting America abroad. His mutterances of being proud of this country’s accomplishments are shocking in the past 2 days. I’m glad he has been patriotic as of late, but I wonder how long that will last. He would be humiliated if he went with his usual tactics of saying how this death isn’t something to celebrate because he is looked up to in some of the Muslim community. That’s what I was half expecting although it would be political suicide if he did.

    • Whitey Fjord

      Yeah, too bad Clinton didn’t have the guts to get him long before 9-11 when he had the chance it just cost us 3000 innocent people. And it would’ve happened during W’s term if the NY Times hadn’t published that we had his cell number. But then again, why would the media do anything to hurt their Golden Calf? But kudos’s to Obama, all this while closing Guantanamo Bay and giving theses terrorist civilian trials just like he promised!

  • Pooda

    Thank you U.S. Troops. But where is the body? I want to see the body.

  • albert

    McCain said in the campaign that he wouldn’t go after bin Laden in “sovereign” Pakistan, while Obama said anywhere, anytime. O’Reilly attacked Obama for this position. Hannity attacked Obama for this position. Hannity even tried to spin it today that he was “going contrary to his base” in approving this strike.

    I demand all conservatives publish immediate apologies. Oh, right. Turdblossom doctrine: never apologize, never explain, always attack.

    Thank God for Obama. The president with brains.


    The news headline on WCCO’s main page says “Delegation REAX to Bin Laden”… excuse me, when the f did EBONICS start becoming okay for the press? I’m soooooo sick of people saying “i need to AX you a question” or “i DINT do DAT” etc. CAN WE GET IT TOGETHER WCCO PLEASE? DISGUSTING PET PIEVE.

  • Mary

    Mike you are quite mistaken. First of all our “Commander and Chief,” didn’t lift a finger to do this. All he had to do was make a decision. Our troops did the rest. It is the only good decision that he has made during his term thus far. I credit the special ops soldier that fired the shot that took him out. So Dumb a$$ get a reality check. Bush didn’t allow the towers to be taken down. It was the policies from the Clinton Administration that did. Maybe you should actually read history instead of make up your own.

  • 56001

    ‎”I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” –Martin Luther King, Jr

    • 90034

      Too bad we didn’t let Hitler live, he could have taken out millions of more Jews – is that your philosophy? You’re a fool for not “rejoicing” – as you put it – for this man’s death. No, hate doesn’t help you personally in healing however this man needed to be killed. Just go back to living in your ideological world and you’ll be all better.



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