‘Job well done,’ special ops told
FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. – President Barack Obama on Friday privately thanked some of the special military operators who killed Osama bin Laden.
In a series of closed-door meetings, Obama and Vice President Joe Biden met with some of the special operations forces who went on Monday’s early morning raid in Pakistan, and with members of the broader assault force that supported the mission.
“I came here for a simple reason: to say thank you on behalf of America,” Obama told soldiers at Fort Campbell, the home of the 101st Airborne Division, after his private meetings.
“Thanks to the incredible skill and courage of countless individuals, intelligence, military, over many years, the terrorist leader who struck our nation on 9/11 will never threaten America again,” he said.
The president said he had visited New York the day before to pay homage to the victims of bin Laden’s 2001 terrorist attacks, as well as to the firefighters and police who responded to the catastrophe.
“I promised that our nation will never forget those we lost that dark September day,” he told about 2,000 troops in a steamy hangar.
“And today, here at Fort Campbell, I had the privilege of meeting the extraordinary special ops folks who honored that promise,” he said. “It was a chance for me to say, on behalf of all Americans and people around the world, job well done. Job well done.”