Constitution Daily

Smart conversation from the National Constitution Center

Osama bin Laden captured: What's next in the 'War on Terror?'

May 18, 2011 by NCC Staff


In announcing that Osama bin Laden had been killed, President Obama told the American people that "we will never tolerate our security being threatened, nor stand idly by when our people have been killed. We will be relentless in defense of our citizens and our friends and allies. We will be true to the values that make us who we are.”

Reacting to the news, former President George W. Bush said: “This momentous achievement marks a victory for America, for people who seek peace around the world, and for all those who lost loved ones on September 11, 2001. The fight against terror goes on, but tonight America has sent an unmistakable message: No matter how long it takes, justice will be done.”

Nearly 10 years after the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon claimed nearly 3,000 lives, bin Laden’s demise has evoked a range of emotions -- from joy and triumph, to gratitude for the service of our military and intelligence communities, to a renewed sense of grief and sympathy for those who lost loved ones on 9/11.

In this defining moment, what would you tell President Obama and others who preserve, protect and defend our Constitution, and what would you suggest as the next steps in the War on Terror?


Sign up for our email newsletter