‘Shut up and move on,’ Kerry says
May 8th, 2011
12:27 PM ET
10 years ago

‘Shut up and move on,’ Kerry says

Washington (CNN) - Democratic Sen. John Kerry said it is time to stop questioning the exact occurrences in Osama bin Laden’s house before his death in Abbottabad, Pakistan, at the hand of U.S. Navy SEALs.

“I thinks those SEALs did exactly what they should have done,” the senator from Massachusetts and 2004 presidential nominee said Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “And we need to shut up and move on about, you know, the realities of what happened in that building.”

Kerry, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said the information gleaned from bin Laden’s compound underscores his active role in the terrorist network.

“He was, in fact, the center,” Kerry said.

He also praised the Obama administration’s handling of the situation, despite errors in initial information disseminated by the White House, something he said is “the nature of the beast.”

“Letting these folks know that we have this information is actually a way of deterring certain activities from taking place,” Kerry said. “So I think they’re (al Qaeda) on the defensive, significantly so. And I think strategically the administration has done very, very well.”

Filed under: John Kerry • Osama bin Laden • Pakistan
soundoff (208 Responses)
  1. Bill

    One of the biggest blow-hards in the history of congress tells others to shut up and move on? How about you STFU Kerry. You are not just a fool, but a tired old fool.

    May 8, 2011 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  2. Benibiker

    To some people, no matter what Obama does it's wrong. We finally got rid of a mass murderer and now people are questioning every detail; how, when, why... The mass murderer is gone, he received a more respectful burial than anyone killed during 9/11 and in the 10 years spend looking for him. Obama, his administration, and the troops, did a superb job. God bless them all.

    May 8, 2011 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  3. Cory

    Really? why is everyone seem as if there mad about us finally killing Bin Laden after 9 years of trying to track this guy down we finally went in and GOT THE JOB DONE but people are still not satisfied. I have done 2 tours in Iraq and 1 tour in Afghanistan and I've had multiple friends die because of him and I cannot be more proud and be happier than to hear about Bin Laden being killed. I thank those brave men that captured him and I thank Obama for making the decision on to go on with the Operation.

    May 8, 2011 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  4. dipofchew

    For all of you crying about OBL being unarmed and shot dead. This man has ordered the killing of thousands of people. It is better that a U.S. Navy SEAL ensured that he would never have the chance to order a terrorist attack again. If you were in that room and saw OBL what would you have done? "Excuse me sir, do you think you could come with us? We have a few questions we would like to ask you." If that is you, then you are un-American and probably have never shot a gun before or even witnessed the horrors of 9/11. Gotta love what custom ammo coming from a SEAL's weapon can do to a person.

    May 8, 2011 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  5. Susan

    After reading and hearing all the comments about Laen's killing from conservative folks, it looks like they are not happy that bin Laden is no more. That makes sense because Republicans have the right to be tough on terror although Mr Laden had a sweet ride in last ten years.
    I do not like all of Obama's policies but you need to give him credit on this episode. I cannot imagine how McCain and Palin would have screwed this up.

    May 8, 2011 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    John Kerry is telling everyone to just "shut up and move on" regarding the way in which Osama bin Laden was killed. So much for the rule of law and the right of citizens to ask questions of their govenrment. So much for being open and transparent. All this coming from a Democratic senator and a leading member of Congress who was a Vietnam War protestor and in his day didn't shut up about the way the Vietnam war was being conducted. If anyone should shut up, maybe it should be John Kerry.

    May 8, 2011 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  7. jklapper

    If even the Dali Lama doesn't have a problem besides being sad for any death, at about the same level as say a mosquito, than YOU sure has f^ck don't have a reason to be all holy about it.

    May 8, 2011 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  8. jane

    investigating the CIA over enhanced interrogation techniques,
    Where is Kerry on this?

    May 8, 2011 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  9. Chieftom

    I have no love for John Kerry however I agree with him on this. The fog of war is real and OBL is dead. What more needs to be said.

    May 8, 2011 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  10. Fred

    You can't compare waterboarding to a captured prisoner to a live combat situation. I personally am against torture. I believe that America is the greatest nation on Earth, with the greatest minds. I believe that we could have extracted all the information from the terrorists without using any form of torture. In the case of the waterboarding, we had captured prisoners in a highly secure prison. Decisions that were made, could have (and probably were) been made by a comity, and been made after much discussion. In the case of assaulting the Osama compound. You have a split second to make a decision, and if you are wrong, you may die. So please moron, don't compare two.

    May 8, 2011 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |

    Yolanda, you're for the terrorists. George Bush said so. I see the sticking up for Osama Bin Laden all through your posts. Hopefully the CIA will visit soon.

    May 8, 2011 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  12. ID

    Kerry is one of the elite skull&bones members of Harvard, just like Bush was and his father before him. He is only a mouthpiece to perpetuate the Osama lie. Rules #1 and #2 of how to "cover up" something are to dismiss conspiracies directly and to "move on". Nothing surprising here.

    May 8, 2011 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  13. Rick Girard

    So you've cornered this guy who has no respect for human life, has killed innocents for years, and isn't smart enough to stand still and keep his hands in the clear when he's told to. He gets a bullet in the brain for his trouble and now you want to quibble over warrants and petty legalisms. A drunken redneck in his Oklahoma double wide would get exactly the same from the county sheriff and the local DA wouldn't investigate there, either. Senator Kerry is right. Let's just thank everyone how took care of business, save the sympathy for all the victims of Bin Laden, and hope he doesn't kill any fish as he rots.

    May 8, 2011 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  14. Bayousara

    Nothing about that raid should have been made public except that bin Laden had been killed. Period. The last thing our country needs are millions of armchair warriors deciding what was good or bad, who was right or wrong, about the killing of bin Laden. Last night I watched on History Channel the attacks and destruction of the Twin Towers, Pentagon, and Shanksville. If you want to screw your head back on straight, I suggest you watch this footage or something similar. It will take you back to the reality of all of this.

    May 8, 2011 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  15. hilman

    we all know how this country works when it comes to justice we send innocent people to jail everyday and we put people to death knowing they are innocent of the crime it happens everyday lets face it this country is a very violent country an we protect the real criminals so john kerry ur words dont mean a thing they killed an unarmed man in that building us in this country cant go aday with out sum sort of voilence running through our thoughts the way i see it we are no differnet from the terroists we hunt and even that is for damage control cuz we really know wat happend on that september day dont we bush and the cia and the city of ny (mayor) why didnt the government stop them when they supposedly knew they were gonna hijack the planes cuz they are full of it and why do uu think that jus before bush was to leave office after his second term did the gas prices suddenly skyrocket an then fall after he left office i smell a rat

    May 8, 2011 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  16. dquack

    I totally agree with Kerry on this one. Quit trying to pull apart every little piece of this successful mission. I laugh at the ones that scream for our blood because we shot an unarmed man who killed thousands of people to include Americans. Are you kidding me?????? Get a life and quit crying about this. We got him and now he is gone from this earth – mission accomplished. Could not have ended a better way.

    May 8, 2011 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  17. Virtuous

    Anyone complaining about how things were handled during the raid isn't being honest with themselves. They're only complaining because Rush, Glenn or Rupert told them to. I don't care if Bin Laden was armed, near a gun, or drawing a picture of a gun on an Etch-a-Sketch, if the SEALs say he didn't comply, then that's the end of the story. How can ANYONE claim with a straight face that we have committed some "injustice" against this terrorist leader? He's lucky he got an Islamic dump in the ocean instead of a public decapitation. I swear, if Obama walked up to Bin Laden and personally punched him in the face, these radical-rights would say "Hey... that's illegal!" Try honesty. It's really not that bad once you get used to it.

    May 8, 2011 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  18. Me

    Yeah, and a lot of people have moved on – so why are you here telling everyone else to shut up?

    May 8, 2011 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  19. Kenny

    nc jim & yolanda, the two of you should go to the middle east and see how you are welcomed by some of the radicals there and Yolanda you can go to afghanistan and see how long you live once they find out you know how to read and write and are educated. Because you could possibly teach their women how to read and write, you would pose a threat to the men by educating their women thereby making them harder to control and keep pregnant whenever they want to make them pregnant. Go on yolanda. Try it but remember not to call home for help because you will have given up your rights to rescue by any American force because they might have to hurt someone in the process of coming to get you.

    May 8, 2011 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  20. Wilko

    JKeen60- well based on your statement, wouldn't it then be okay for the gov't of Afghanistan or Iraq to order the killing of Bush or Obama. They have directed actions that have killed hundreds, and likely thousands of innocent civilians since we invaded these two sovereign nations. Where do we draw the line? I'm fine with what we did, but we better realize the gravity of our actions and what it may mean in the future.

    May 8, 2011 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  21. TimeForLogic

    bin Laden was a self-confessed mass murderer and criminal- one of the most cruel in recent history He deserved no mercy. None. Why should a SEAL risk his life in any way to grant him any consideration? If he moved, he's dead. It's as simple as that. Quit trying to make it a political issue. You're grasping at straws.

    May 8, 2011 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  22. Socretes

    Yolanda, ur the dumbest of the dumbest. Any president would've made that call. You're problem is with Obama and u don't even know the man. You're one of those people that just love the gossip and loves to change stories. I bet your life's filled with emptiness and then you wonder why. Perhaps you should pick up a weapon and walk the streets of iraq or Afghanistan and then you can report what you see first hand. That's if you make it back in one piece. Other wise, a thank you Mr. President sending our troops in harms way so that I can sleep peacefully at night would work wonders in your life.

    May 8, 2011 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  23. MC

    You can tell Bush is no longer Pres. If he were, Kerry would be asking us to investigate those bad, bad SEALS.

    May 8, 2011 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  24. Bonfire

    Human Rights Watch must be looking for another avenue for publicity through this kind of incidents. Once declared a terrorist or associated with a terrorist organization, it's fair game to kill armed or unarmed. Terrorist target unarmed civilians and don't abide by rules-of-engagements of war. Terrorists are by nature unconventional fighters who pretends to be civilians. So civil laws cannot be applied when killing terrorists. Rather than saying "Move on" and sweeping this under the rug, Mr Kerry why don't you work to legalize killing unarmed terrorists.

    May 8, 2011 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  25. gat

    yes i would have shot an unarmed man, especially bin laden

    May 8, 2011 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
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