‘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. snafu

    people I'm very happy osama bin ladin was dumped at sea, now can we appluad our service men and woman and the government workers that America employs for our liberty and freedom. Thank you from this veteran to the seal team and others protecting this nation.

    May 8, 2011 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  2. t

    Kerry knows all about shooting unarmed kids. He made a home movie when he was in Veit Nam. And wrote a book.

    May 8, 2011 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  3. @home

    If you have no concept of what your talking about you should shut your mouth Yolanda and NC. Put yourself in their (seals) place.. your up against the most wanted man in the world. Maybe they should have asked to play a game of ring around the rosie with Osama.

    May 8, 2011 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  4. NoWay

    You President Obama haters just can't stand successes of a black President. Just a fact if you read all the hate for this President.

    May 8, 2011 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  5. mariner34

    shut up and move on yourself kerry, no one care's what you think. But while were moving on let's do like Ron Paul said and march ourselves out of the middle east.

    May 8, 2011 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  6. peace

    some people will all be haters no matter what our president does these people will fall for anything.

    May 8, 2011 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  7. Fred

    Happy to move on John, as soon as we hear the truth, we just haven't heard it yet...

    May 8, 2011 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  8. george

    I'd hate to mess with team 7.

    May 8, 2011 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  9. Zad

    Lets' face if it was president Bush he would order to bomb this place to the ground regardless of who could be killed.

    May 8, 2011 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  10. sfduck1

    yolanda, You're making this a leftist thing? seriously? I guess your "side" has never bombed innocents before? keep watching fox news and stay in your cave.

    May 8, 2011 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  11. rebrep

    I'm a rightwinger for sure, but I agree with Kerry on this. However, whoever, whatever, terrorist #1 is gone. Justice.

    May 8, 2011 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  12. IsNot

    The stories are being revised based on information as it is received. The total story, with all the bloody details for the gore-mongers, will come out eventually. Kerry is right–get over it and get on with the rest of the job.

    May 8, 2011 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  13. Tom

    THANKYOU, Sen Kerry!! The American people don't need to know the 'nuts and bolts' of what went on. In fact they are lucky they were told at all. Missions such as this are best left "in the black". A quiet and heartfelt 'thankyou' is all that is really neded.

    May 8, 2011 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  14. betty brown smith

    the gop and righties are just furious that bush did not get osama well tuff nutts!!! bravo obama job well done

    May 8, 2011 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  15. Sean Russell

    I love it. Republicants demanding answers from military men who they claim to adore- only because they were following orders from a democrat president. The two-faced hypocrisy of it all is awesome!

    May 8, 2011 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  16. BCM

    Yolanda and Jim – I think you need to go live in Libya for a while.

    May 8, 2011 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  17. NW1000

    Thank you Senator Kerry. Especially after your comments about American service personnel raping, robbing, pillaging, and terrorizing civilians in the middle of the night a few years back, and your joke about people who wind up in the military are there because of bad grades, and throwing your medals over the fence, and giving aid and comfort to the monsters in Hanoi, and last and worst of all, FOR TURNING YOUR BACKS ON OUR VIET NAM POW-MIAs. Nice to see you know how to defend our military.

    May 8, 2011 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  18. TLS

    Something John Kerry and I agree on. Bin Laden got what he deserved. Now let's stop the funding to Pakistan. Go SEALS!

    May 8, 2011 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  19. ferg

    another comment for Yolanda.....why don't you just join up with the Taliban....Sympathizer

    May 8, 2011 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  20. rebrep

    I'm way right, but I agree with Kerry on this. However, whoever, whatever, we have justice.

    May 8, 2011 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  21. IAB

    No one should have said anything until all the fact were known even Paneta. Plus u folks forget the news media is known for making statements with out getting ALL THE FACTS. Many so called reporters provide their opinion instead of true facts. True journalism rarely exist anymore, it's called be first rather than telling the truth or getting the facts correct. Who cares if the truth is told. It's about ratings not truth or credibility. I have more faith in what Rachel Maddow presents than any one else on TV. Our President is striving to improve our education system, stress higher education. We sure need it based on so many of the comments made by so many people. Lack of education and knowledge is so obvious. Many are

    May 8, 2011 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  22. Boston

    The only problem was that Obama told us about the raid too early. He should have waited two weeks so that all the information from the house could have been analyzed. Had he waited the number two guy may now be dead. Way to go Obama.

    May 8, 2011 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  23. Geoffrey

    Oh and "NC Jim" ... if you think Abu Graib and Black Water (which Kerry complained about in the last administration) is the same as what seal team six did – you are absolutely demented and have no concept whatever about the rules of warfare. This has nothing to do with Democrats and Republicans but what is reasonable for our country and what is not.

    May 8, 2011 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  24. Katherine

    Hell froze over, I agree with John Kerry.

    May 8, 2011 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  25. MrBo


    So they should have left bin Laden alive...?

    May 8, 2011 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
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