Clinton: 'Justice has been served'
May 2nd, 2011
09:45 AM ET
12 years ago

Clinton: 'Justice has been served'

Washington (CNN) - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Monday that "Osama bin Laden is dead and justice has been done."

"I want to offer my thoughts and prayers" to families of those killed due to bin Laden's campaign of terror, she said.

His attacks showed "no value for human life or regard for human dignity," she said.

But now "justice has been served," she said.

Clinton offered thanks to military, diplomatic, and security officials who launched "broad, deep, very impressive effort" to hunt down bin Laden as part of the anti-terror campaign.

"We must take this opportunity to renew our resolve and redouble our effort" in Afghanistan and elsewhere, she said.

Clinton said that the death of Osama bin Laden sends a message to the Taliban in Afghanistan that "you cannot wait us out. You cannot defeat us. But you can make the choice to abandon al Qaeda" and participate in a peaceful political process.

Bin Laden's death comes at "great movements toward freedom and democracy" in the Middle East and elsewhere, she said.

"There is no better rebuke to al Qaeda and its heinous ideology," she said. "The fight continues and we will never waiver."

Some doubted bin Laden would ever be caught, she said, but "this is America. ... We persevere, and we get the job done."

Filed under: 9/11 • Al Qaeda • Hillary Clinton
soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Ariely

    One major terrorist down however the conflict is alive and kicking.
    Osama Bin Laden didn’t come out of the blue.

    He represents the harvest of generation hate teaching and preaching seeds planted by the radical Islam ideology.

    Bin Laden was a symbol of the terror tactics used by the radical Islam.
    Unfortunately the history proved that religious conflicts are the longest, dangerous and difficult to resolve.
    The Wahaby- Salafy-Muslim Brotherhood- Hamas- Hisbulha-Islamic Iran organizations and regimes will continue teaching and preaching radical Islam willing to impose worldwide the 7 century ideology and morals.

    The change will come only if Muslims will form parties and religious movements opposing the radical Islam in all 58 Muslim countries.

    May 2, 2011 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  2. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Some doubted bin Laden would ever be caught, she said, but "this is America. ... We persevere, and we get the job done."
    Yes Hillary you're absolutely correct,with the right man at the helm YES WE CAN, and YES WE DID!!!!

    May 2, 2011 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  3. ConservaFASCISTS -aka- Mammon

    Now let's get Zawhihiri and finish them off. Chop the head off of the snake and the body will die!

    May 2, 2011 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  4. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Thank you Mrs. Clinton for calling it like itwas last year when you pointed out that somebody in Pakistan HAS to know where this criminal was hiding. And indeed, somebodies DID know. Thank you to iour President Obama for cooridnating this mission in such a way that success was imminent and no one from our side of the fence was killed or injured. We've had enough deaths to last us a lifetime.
    Obama 2012.
    Special Ops FOREVER!!!!!

    May 2, 2011 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  5. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I'm bursting with pride!

    May 2, 2011 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  6. Poser

    Great job from our security and military personnel hunting down Osama Bin Laden. Thank you President Obama for your quiet leadership. We don't get cowboy diplomacy in front of the camera. Instead, we get results!!!

    Obama 2012

    May 2, 2011 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  7. Rudy NYC

    The capture and death of Bin Laden is going to mark a turning point in history that will no doubt be debated for decades. We have not yet begun to understand how this will affect the Middle East. I point out that there have been no mass demonstrations in the streets in the major muslim countries.

    So far (aside from Hamas) no one is loudly complaining about the death of Bin Laden. No one is the streets demonstrating and chanting against the U.S. and the western world. I would have expected at least one or the other, but not silence. We know what the death means to the western world, we need to understand what it means to the muslim world and what it means for future peace. We need to figure this out right now.

    May 2, 2011 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  8. ConservaFASCISTS -aka- Mammon

    Sounds like the Pakistani's have been holding out on us when it comes to intel. They probably know where Mullah Omar is. Our relationship with Pakistan may be strained, but that Afghanistan/Pakistan border is invisible now. Special salute to the JSOC and ALL of our brave men and women in uniform.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    May 2, 2011 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  9. Four and The Door

    Our military deserved the opportunity they were given to pull this one off themselves. And they stepped up to it in a way that makes every American proud. Bravo Zulu. A job well done.

    May 2, 2011 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  10. sue

    Yes our men and women in the military and security forces all deserve our deepest thanks and graditude for their bravory....and the country is celebrating the great news that we finally got this terrorist.....but for the some of the GOP, and future GOP canidates to thank everyone except our President is a very bad move on their part.......their lack of respect for this countries President for his courage to make this couragous move will be their down this time we need all to show support for our leaders and that means starting with our President of the United States......

    May 2, 2011 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  11. NC

    First of all, great job to the men and women of our great military for taking out bin laden. The American people will let the liberals celebrate and praise obama, but the American people will not re-elect obama because of the killing of bin laden. We have to remember that he hasn't solved the real problems Americans face today, like JOBS, GAS PRICES, HEALTHCARE(not obamacare), BORDER SECURITY, and did I mention JOBS. This killing of bin laden will be placed on the back burner and the American people will again demand a president who will and can get our country back again. Vote for the Republican candidate in November 2012.

    May 2, 2011 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  12. gt

    great job.... now get our troops home ... we finish what osma started ... not one more american needs to die ....these people hate us ....come home...

    May 2, 2011 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  13. ThinkAgain

    Thank you, Secretary Clinton, for all of your hard work! And special thanks to all our women and men in our military and intelligence operations and their families for your hard work and sacrifice.

    May 2, 2011 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  14. ThinkAgain

    I was actually pleasantly surprised that Trump congratulated President Obama:

    "I want to personally congratulate President Obama and the men and women of the Armed Forces for a job well done."

    Trump, for once, showed some class.

    May 2, 2011 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  15. Rudy NYC

    I have come to suspect that much of the muslim world is quietly celebrating behind closed doors. No one trusts the anonymous faces among them who could be Al Qaeda informants, sympathizers, and militants.

    May 2, 2011 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  16. independent

    I found the comments of GOP contenders somewhat interesting. Suggesting that the previous administration was commited to getting BIn Laden is a joke. He had said he didn't know and didn't care where he was – while focusing on Iraq. Ironically, neither Sarah nor Michelle could bring themselves to even congratulate the President for a job well done. He wouldn't say the following, so I will.

    Obviously, our capable military and civilian resources on the ground did the dangerous, and brave 'grunt' work, but the President's refocusing of America's commitment and his decision to make getting Bin Laden his top security goal, enabled those serving in various military and security assets to do the job they did. Congratulations.

    As a non-partisan statement of fact, this could have been done, and should have been done, years ago, had our forces not been diverted from Afghanistan into Iraq. The Iraq War was a policy decision that may have long term strategically positive results, but it delayed Bin Laden's day of judgement.

    Once again, congratulations to all those involved in this endeavor, and congratulations Mr. President.

    May 2, 2011 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  17. Steve in Denver

    Um, four and the door, you can't bring yourself to acknowledge that Obama had some part in this effort? Yes, the military and intelligence communities set the table, but Obama had the perserverence, tact, and had built a foundation of diplomacy that he could go hundreds of miles inside a soverign nation, execute a terrorist, and not have the world condemn him. Obama charged the CIA with getting back on bin laden's trail after the former occupant turned his attention to killing hundreds of thousands of iraqis. Obama called the shots on this 8 month operation. You are as classless as Bachmann and Palin.

    May 2, 2011 11:16 am at 11:16 am |