‘Shut up and move on,’ Kerry says
May 8th, 2011
12:27 PM ET
9 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. msgijoe

    Evidently there are numerous posters who do not understand the US is at war with a world-wide network of terrorists....and information is valuable. During WWII there was that warning we heard very often "Loose lips sink ships". There are still certain secrets the Bush administration and now the Obama administration have to protect when answering questions about the war on terror. And you may not like it but I strongly suspect that some "news" is actually misinformation fed to the news media to create confusion and help protect secrets.

    May 8, 2011 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  2. Rick McDaniel

    The media won't let anything move on........they run any and everything, into the ground.

    May 8, 2011 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  3. Random Citizen

    If you weren't directly involved in either the raid, the planning, or the tactical/strategic analysis of Osama Bin Laden's death, please do everyone a favor and keep your mouth shut. You weren't there, none of us were. We have no idea the circumstances that transpired on the ground that day. At the end of all these argument's... Osama Bin Laden is dead, the SEAL's who conducted the raid will be protected from a witch hunt, and I personally think the person who pulled the trigger... he doesn't second guess his actions, and thats what counts.

    May 8, 2011 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  4. BBoyDone

    I voted for Obama, and I can't help but feel a little hypocrisy from John Kerry here.

    May 8, 2011 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  5. Tropical Diver

    Sorry Senator, I reserve the right to think and say what I want, whether you like it or not. I happen to think that killing UBL was the least problematic outcome, but we still have free speech in this country, at least for now.

    May 8, 2011 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  6. Abd al-Latif

    Yeah, you're right, Kerry. WE MUST NEVER QUESTION THE GOVERNMENT'S ACTIONS. NEVER! Especially not those brave TROOPS. Just accept whatever the gov't does and "shut up." After all, that's what being a good citizen of North Korea is all about. Oops, did I say that? I meant America.

    May 8, 2011 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  7. Star70

    It never ceases to amaze me how insular and small picture people can be. Of course the vast majority of people are happy that Bin laden is now gone, however there is a much bigger issue here than "good vs evil". Let's use an example of a country which is searching for someone who committed a terrorist act in their country, lets say North Korea or somesuch despoticial ruled country. But it could be any country. Does this now mean that they can send in a stealth helicopter, not inform the US, touch down in a US City and then take/shoot/remove whoever they want and then get out before we had a chance to do anything? this is the issue that I personally am grappling with. I am definitely not a conspiracy theorist, and do believe that he is dead and gone. But the way that it was done sets a dangerous precedent and the question I posed above needs to be answered.

    May 8, 2011 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  8. asdf

    First of all terrorist cells and insurgent groups are not protected by the Geneva Convention because they are not a sovereign nation so there is no violation of any kind with water boarding or other more advanced means of information retrieval used.

    May 8, 2011 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  9. USwatcher

    Mission(now)accomplished...Support Our Troops(Bring em' back home)...and this time,when our troops have completed their service,secure them a 40 hour a week JOB with healthcare. You politicians,STOP campaigning...and get back to work to re-start helping government and the private sector create JOBS.

    May 8, 2011 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  10. Steve Bishop

    I agree with Senator Kerry, and not because I'm an Obama fan. In fact I didn't vote for him in the last election. I agree because regardless of whether what he (Obama) did was legal, and I admit it probably wasn't under International law, it was the *right* thing to do, and you'll find that in many cases what is right and what is legal are often not the same thing.

    May 8, 2011 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  11. BJs65

    Yolanda – really now. Who the heck cares whether that ugly scum was armed or not? I don't recall the victims of 9/11 having the ability to "defend" themselves. When someone is directly (he gave that order!) responsible for the death of THOUSANDS, then he loses any rights he might have been entitled to. He funded these terrorist operations – he chose to spend his money in such a hateful way. I think think of many ways he could have benefited the Islamic people but instead, he chose to hate.

    Therefore, any act of mercy towards him is pointless.

    May 8, 2011 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  12. They're our enemies

    Kill them. I'm a liberal and I think most of you are morons. It was Osama Bin Laden. There's not question here. Who cares if he's armed, or not. Shoot and kill.

    May 8, 2011 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  13. jrobinson

    This is hysterical! None of this would've happened if Kerry had gotten his way... UBL would still be alive, and the media would be telling us how little it matters. Obama's 26 different versions of the operation haven't helped, and Kerry's plea sounds more and more like, "nothing to see here, move along, nothing to see here, pay no attention to sloppy narrative." The best part, by far, is that A DemocRAT is urging us to move along... just like MoveOn.org, which hasn't moved on since it was created over a decade ago. Move on? You first, John.

    May 8, 2011 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  14. jrm03063

    It's great watching blood-thirsty pro-torture conservatives like "yolanda" (sure – you're "yolanda") try to claim that taking out an enemy commander in the field is somehow a wretched act worse than torture of a prisoner. Forget the fact that one is a crime and one is an accepted – if brutal – act of war. If Obama had shown a heart-beat of indecision on sending in the SEALs, the very same real patriots would be using this to question his patriotism. The only thing certain about such folks is that they are sworn enemies of Obama first, and Americans second. So who are the real patriots really?

    May 8, 2011 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  15. keylargo

    Kerry is exactly right, the Navy Seals Team Six are genuine American hero's, I greatly appreciate their service to my country.

    May 8, 2011 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  16. WillM

    Thank you Senator Kerry. Well said.

    May 8, 2011 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  17. ficheye

    YOLANDA: You Clearly would not have been happy either way. If you were asked about bin Laden before his assassination you undoubtedly would have said that 'liberals are spineless... they don't have what it takes to get the job done". Now they got the guy and we are hearing the opposite.

    Do conservatives only dine on sour grapes these days?

    May 8, 2011 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  18. Brian

    "It's stupid to second-guess the moment-to-moment decisions in a combat situation.".......................................

    This is obvious. Civilians have no idea what goes on in the military. Sleep deprivation is standard in these situations. I was in the Army in '67 and '68. In one operation they kept us up 24 hours a day for three days in a row. Also, Seals have a high security clearance. Questioning them will only aid the enemy.

    May 8, 2011 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  19. Concerned Citizen

    It's not about the LEFT, it's not about the RIGHT, it's about the war machine. Turn and turn and turn that wheel of war, that's what we americans are good at. Thats how we spend our money, and if we're not careful, i'm deeply concerned that all out global conflict is afoot (if not already underway). Conflicts among the right and left are simply a matter of "social" disagreements. (like abortion, gay rights, gun ownership, etc...) When it comes to the powers that be, the ones with the money and military industrial complex, the right and left make identical decisions. Why oh why didn't we head the warnings of President Dwight Eisenhower.

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

    It's called war. Bin Laden declared war upon the US and acted upon it with the death of many Americans.Those in battle don't get a trial before being shot or killed. War is hell, but worldwide agreement to eliminate torture is a move toward civility in an uncivil circumstance. All benefit from this and those that don't honor this should be hung.

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

    I find it amazing that there is so much "chatter" regarding if Bin Laden was unarmed.....who the hell cares! He did not give a shred of care to the thousands of people all over the world he killed....what was it he called us? Infidels? OBL cared not for anyone who was ouside his particular brand of religion and erratic behavior. How about all the "human sheilds" that are used every day to protect the minds behid the rest of the terrorists? GOD BLESS our Seals and all those serving in the military...they are fighting for the freedoms we have and dying in the process....
    GET OVER IT ALREADY!!!!!
    GET OVER IT ALREADY

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

    I can't believe we are hearing even the smallest rumbles from the right that it was somehow wrong for the President to order taking Osama bin Laden out. It looks like definitive proof that the right is only interested in politics anymore.

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

    I have a hard time understanding people, and their intellect or lack there of. Obama did a very good thing. He got rid of an evil, evil, man. A murderer. Good for Obama. The complaints about not having Osama buried in the ground, I shock my head and laughed. What about those killed in the Twin Towers???? Some of those people did not get buried at all. They were blowed to bits. This country needs to take a hard stand with our enemies whether it is the Muslims or the illegals. Do what is right for our country and stop apologizing. Also, stop giving money to the Pakistan government that very obviously portected Osama, and then were laughing about it. No doubt! And bottow line get out of the UN!

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

    I fully support what the Seals did. Bin Laden was the head of a terrorist network. He didn't care about all the innocent civilians he had his followers kill throughout the years, none of whom were armed I presume, so why should we care that he was unarmed at the end? In fact, he was more than happy to tell his followers and the west how much he loved death, so by his own words, we should rejoice that he got what he desired. It's just too bad that he fooled so many into giving up their lives for his crackpot ideal while he stayed behind the scenes, practicing for his next closeup.

    May 8, 2011 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  25. CommonSense

    yolanda is such an idiot blinded by political motives. If the current president is Republican, you will find that all of these people who are upset with the shooting of bin Laden all of a sudden jumping up and down praising their Republican president. Regardless of who the president is. Regardless of whether bin Laden was armed. I have no problem with the killing of bin Laden.

    May 8, 2011 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
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