Reactions to Osama bin Laden’s Death

Mike Boettcher

The reactions to Osama bin Laden’s timely death have been swift. Today I talked via Skype with veteran journalist Mike Boettcher who’s embedded with the troops in Afghanistan. He is someone to be listened to and respected. We aired a piece recently of one of the many fire fights he was covering. It was a fierce battle between the Taliban and American soldiers, and he was right in the middle of it.

I’m preparing Boettcher’s comments for tonight’s newscasts, and I’ll share them here later, but in short, he told me he was stunned by the news.  We’re celebrating in this country, so how are the troops reacting? Boettcher says the troops have been given orders to low-key the news of OBL’s death. “They don’t want to be seen as celebrating the death in a country like Afghanistan or Pakistan, where there’s a large number of anti-American sentiment. They won’t want to pour fuel on the fire, so to speak, so they’re keeping a very low profile.”

But Boettcher says he knows what the troops are thinking. “They will tell you it gives them a sense of accomplishment if I could speak for them.” And he says it’s a great morale booster. “Soldiers will ask sometimes why are we doing this? What is the end game of this? People have forgotten there’s even a war here in Afghanistan. And they always fight for the soldiers to the left and to the right of them.  But now they can see their fellow soldiers, in this case the Navy Seals, took down the number one target in this war. But this does not mean the war is over.”

Like I mentioned, I’ll share more of Boettcher’s thoughts later. In the meantime, here are a few of your thoughts, you’ve shared with me re: OBL’s death:

  • “Whoopee! Osama and Adolf can compare notes now!” (dougnsue)
  • “Knock, knock.. Who’s there? Seal. Seal who? U.S. Navy Seal team here to pay you back!” (jeff)
  • “I would say may he RIP… that ain’t happen’n!!!” (denise)
  • “Semper Fi! So glad we have such awesome boys fighting for our country! I pray the unit that took bin Laden out gets a tax exemption for the rest of their lives.” (misty)
  • “Maybe some families will be able to get some closure.” (donna)
  • “Hope it was a slow, painful death.” (kelly)

Thank you for all your comments. And I have one thing to add to what everyone said…. “Ditto!”

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