Senate resolution on bin Laden killing honors Bush, Obama

The Senate resolution marking the killing of Osama bin Laden credits both George W. Bush and Barack Obama, saying the former president launched the mission to bring the al Qaeda leader “to justice” and the incumbent president completed it.

The resolution recounts the history of bin Laden’s involvement in the 9/11 attacks, then notes that Bush "led an international coalition into Afghanistan to dismantle al Qaeda, deny them a safe haven in Afghanistan and ungoverned areas along the Pakistani border, and bring Osama bin Laden to justice."

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It also notes Obama implemented a surge of troops in Afghanistan in 2009: "Whereas President Barack Obama in 2009 committed additional forces and resources to efforts in Afghanistan and Pakistan as 'the central front in our enduring struggle against terrorism and extremism.' "

The resolution quotes a passage from Obama's announcement Sunday night that bin Laden had been killed by U.S. forces and commends the president for ordering the decisive raid.

"Whereas President Obama said, 'For over two decades, bin Laden has been al Qaeda’s leader and symbol, and has continued to plot attacks against our country and our friends and allies. The death of bin Laden marks the most significant achievement to date in our Nation’s effort to defeat al Qaeda.’"

"Resolved, That the Senate ... commends the President for ordering the successful operations to locate and eliminate Osama bin Laden.”

The resolution, crafted by Senate leaders in both parties, is expected to see a vote at about 3:45 p.m.


—Alexander Bolton contributed.