Reaction to Death of Osama bin Laden

Reaction to Death of Osama bin Laden

President Obama announces a small team of Americans killed Osama bin Laden and took possession of his body after a firefight in Pakistan. Reaction to the death of the al Qaeda leader and implications for U.S. security.

For many Americans, he had become the epitome of evil. Now, 10 years after the 9-11 attacks, U.S. forces finally found al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan - and killed him in a firefight. As the news spread last night, there were chants of "U.S.A." at ballgames and cheers from a youthful crowd that gathered at the White House. But U.S. officials and experts on terrorism warn that the threat Bin Laden did so much to create won't end with his violent demise. In this hour, we'll discuss why it took so long to find Bin Laden, how the operation finally succeeded - and what's ahead in the battle against terrorism.


John McLaughlin

former acting director of the CIA and now senior fellow at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

Yochi Dreazen

senior national security correspondent, National Journal magazine.

Paul Pillar

director, graduate studies at the Center for Peace and Security Studies at Georgetown University and a former CIA National Intelligence officer

Ahmed Rashid

Pakistani journalist and author. A second edition of his book "Taliban: Militant Islam, Oil and Fundamentalism in Central Asia " has just been published. His other books include “Descent into Chaos” and “Jihad.”

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