Families victimized by the 9/11 attacks gained some solace from the knowledge that their country did not give up its pursuit of the chief perpetrator. The nation’s military and intelligence professionals accomplished the one deed without which the decade-long response to Al Qaeda would forever have been incomplete. The outpouring of emotion among Americans when the news broke showed that there is a powerful unity in this country that transcends politics. Above all, the reputation of the United States was reinforced as a superpower not to be aggressed upon with impunity.
Stimson Experts React to the Death of Osama bin Laden