U.S. Will Defeat
Terrorists, Obama Tells Troops
By Terri Moon Cronk,
American Forces Press
Washington D.C. -- May 6, 2011 – (AFPS) The skill and courage of
countless American military and intelligence professionals are why Osama bin
Laden can never threaten America again, President Barack Obama told a cheering
group of 101st Airborne soldiers today at Fort Campbell, Ky.
President Obama told them about meeting yesterday with
survivors of 9/11 victims in New York and laying a wreath at ground zero where
the World Trade Center towers once stood.
President Barack Obama and Vice
President Joe Biden shake hands with the troops following the President's
remarks at Fort Campbell, Ky., May 6, 2011.
“I met with the first responders … who lost so many of their own when they
rushed into those burning towers. I promise our nation we will never forget
those we lost that dark September day.”
Earlier today, Obama and Vice President Joe Biden met with
the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment and the 5th Special Forces
Group at Fort Campbell to thank them for their service.
They later met with the full assault force that carried out
the operation and awarded them a Presidential Unit Citation, the highest honor
that can be given to a unit in recognition of extraordinary service and
“It was a chance for me to say on behalf of all Americans
and people around the world, ‘Job well done,’” Obama told the troops gathered
inside an aircraft hangar.
Calling the special operations teams “the quiet
professionals,” Obama said they, like the rest of today’s military members,
chose to serve in a time of war.
“They trained for years,” he said. “They're battle-hardened.
They practiced tirelessly for this mission.
“When I gave the order, they were ready,” he said. “In
recent days, the whole world has learned just how ready they were.”
These Americans deserve credit for one of the greatest
intelligence and military operations in the nation's history, Obama said,
adding “[And] so does every person who wears America's uniform, the finest
military the world has ever known.”
“Because of your service, because of your sacrifices, we're
making progress in Afghanistan,” the president said.
”We’re making progress in our major goal … [of] disrupting
and dismantling -- and we are going to ultimately defeat -- al-Qaida.
“We have cut off their head and we will ultimately defeat
U.S. strategy is working, and there is no greater evidence
of that, Obama said, “than justice finally being delivered to Osama bin
The fight against extremists is not over, but in its new
phase, U.S. troops are transferring power to the Afghans, and will begin to
return home this summer.
“We'll build the long-term partnership with the Afghan
people so that al-Qaida can never again threaten America from that country,”
“As your commander in chief, I am confident that we're
going to succeed in this mission … because, in you, I see the strength of
America's military, and because in recent days we've all seen the resilience
of the American spirit,” he said.
“There's nothing we can't do together, 101st, when we
remember who we are -- and that is the United States of America. When we
remember that no problem is too hard and no challenge is too great,” the
“That is why,” he added, “I'm so confident that, with your
brave service, America's greatest days are still to come.”