Congressman Jim Gerlach (PA-6th District) issued the following statement on Monday after President Obama announced that American military Special Forces killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan:
"The success of this mission is a testament to the perseverance and professionalism of the courageous men and women serving and protecting our country in the military and intelligence operations. Every American should be proud of this accomplishment. It represents a significant victory in our constant battle against radical terrorists. Osama bin Laden has been held accountable for ruthlessly plotting the slaughter of nearly 3,000 of our friends and neighbors on Sept. 11, 2001 and several lethal attacks on U.S. troops and our allies. He was a calculating and callous terrorist whose victims came from all walks of life, religious faiths and nationalities.
President Bush and President Obama also deserve credit for their relentless pursuit of bin Laden and his extremist conspirators. Bin Laden's heinous acts forever altered the lives of many families here in the 6th District. We always will remember the tremendous sacrifices these families have made and eternally owe a debt of gratitude to their loved ones who selflessly answered the call of duty."