State Senate praises bin Laden mission


OLYMPIA – With American flags adorning every desk, senators praised the armed forces and the troops’ commander in chief for Monday’s mission that killed Osama bin Laden.

Senate Resolution 8661 honors President Barack Obama for “strong, thoughtful leadership,” the military and intelligence agencies for “unstinting bravery” and the Navy SEALs for “extraordinary skills, courage and precision teamwork of the highest order.” It lists military and naval installations around the state, including Fairchild Air Force Base.

The Special Operations Aviation Regiment, which brought the Navy SEALs to and from the raid in Abbottabad, Pakistan, has ties to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Sen. Mike Carrell, R-Lakewood, said.

Sen. Mike Baumgartner, R-Spokane, said he was glad the resolution recognized the work of the nation’s intelligence agencies and noted that Spokane native Ryan Crocker has been tapped as new U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan.

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