Sec. State Clinton on bin Laden Death
Hillary Clinton spoke bluntly about Syria, North Korea and the death of Osama bin Laden at the U.S Naval Academy Tuesday, where as the keynote speaker at the close of a foreign policy conference she revealed that none of those watching the operation that killed the al Qaeda leader last year “could breathe for 30-35 minutes.”
The Secretary of State prepared remarks on U.S. strategy in the Asia-Pacific region for the conference, but later took questions from the young future officers about any topic.
Though most of the evening focused on current global challenges to American foreign policy, the Secretary’s most poignant words were about the man responsible for the largest loss of life on American soil in modern history – Osama bin Laden.
When a student asked Clinton to reflect on bin Laden’s death and the process leading up to the Navy Seal mission that killed him last May, she began by talking about her time as a senator from New York during 9/11, and how many of her constituents were affected by the terror attack. She said even all those years ago, she didn’t believe there wasn’t “anybody in Pakistan who doesn’t know where Bin Laden is.”
As she gave a play-by-play account of the day Bin Laden was killed, she recalled how none of the officials in the room watching the operation, including President Obama, “could breathe for 30-35 minutes.”
Clinton also shared how moved she was when she saw the spontaneous gathering of young people, mostly college students, at the gates of the White House as Obama announced Bin Laden’s death. She reflected on what that announcement meant to those constituents who lost so much on 9/11.
“They could think about the future in a way they hadn’t been able to before,” Secretary Clinton told the students, smiling as she said that closure made her very pleased.