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Statements from Sens. Murray and Cantwell on bin Laden News

By Josh Feit May 2, 2011

U.S. Sen. Patty Murray released the following statement late last night:
The President's announcement tonight is tremendous news for all Americans and for counterterrorism efforts worldwide.

The superb work of our military and intelligence communities have led to the death of the mastermind of the worst attack in our nation's history.  It is indeed a great moment.

I applaud our troops, intelligence operatives, and the Administration for never wavering in this important goal in the broader war on terrorism.

This is a particularly important day for the thousands of Americans who lost a family member, friend or loved one nearly ten years ago. And all of our thanks go to those who have been lost in our military efforts and to our veterans and their families.

This is indeed a significant moment and one that will continue to propel our efforts to root out terrorists wherever they reside.  We must continue to remain vigilant and focused on the protection of the American people.

And U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell released a statement of her own this morning; compare and contrast, but I'd say Sen. Cantwell, who can't seem to shake her image as a hawk for her original Iraq war vote (even though she's since joined Murray as a dove as one of the few Democrats who's pushing Obama to get out of Afghanistan and has always been a longtime leader on calling for an economic development, rather than military, solution in Afghanistan) issued the more lefty statement of the two with her line recognizing "social and economic conditions":
The long wait from 2001 is over. Osama Bin Laden's death will be remembered as a major turning point in our efforts to fight his terrorism network. The American people are grateful for the service of all our military and intelligence community.

Today, we remember the lives of those who were lost on September 11, and we give our deepest appreciation to those who defend our freedom every day. The death of Osama Bin Laden is a major step forward in the fight against terrorism, but we must continue our efforts to confront the social and economic conditions that give rise to violent extremism around the world.
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