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May 1, 2011 at 10:13 PM

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American pride: They got him; now let's get out of Afghanistan

Posted by Joni Balter

Years from now, friends and famiy members will look at one another and ask: "Where were you when they captured Osama bin Laden?

We all remember that unspeakable September day nearly 10 years ago when Bin Laden's terrorist network shattered America's sense of security and took 3,000 innocent lives.

What a moment for the nation and President Barack Obama when he announced Sunday night that he issued the order to shoot bin Laden in a compound outside Islamabad, Pakistan.

If America has been down in the dumps lately, and oh my, we have been, this historic moment of justice should lift us a bit. For one thing, we got him. For another, we can change foreign policy in a major way.

One picture is worth a thousand words: Look at this one after midnight in front of the White House.



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Students gather at the fence on the north side of the White House, pose for photographs, chant "U.S.A.! U.S.A.!" and sing the Star Spangled Banner while U.S. President Barack Obama announces the death of Osama Bin Laden during a late evening statement to the press in the East Room of the White House May 1, 2011 in Washington, DC. Bin Laden has been killed near Islamabad, Pakistan almost a decade after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 and his body is in possession of the United StatesCaption text here.


As the spontaneous revelers know, this is certainly a moment of pride for the Obama intelligence team, for the men and women who serve our country and their families.

But once we wrap up the celebration, let's get very serious about bringing troops home from Afghanistan.

America has been looking for bin Laden for a long time. The effort was difficult, at times, hopeless, and, finally, unbelievably, successful. Americans will have many days of flag-waving and cheering and learning more about how it all came down.

. And then the president should come up with a sturdy plan to end America's involvement in Afghanistan.

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