Local Congressmen React to the Death of Osama bin Laden

by Abby Reed
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - The news of Osama bin Laden's death grabbed the attention of Americans all across the Country, including right here in the Basin. Two local Congressmen who represent our area, say they are cautiously optimistic about the fallen al-Qaeda leader's demise.

It was shortly before 11PM Sunday night when President Barack Obama announced the news heard around the world, that Osama bin Laden was dead. For Big Spring Representative Randy Neugebauer, the news was nothing short of welcome.

"Obviously, a little bit of closure for the victims of 9/11. Obviously a great job done by our intelligence community and military," Neugebauer said.

Congressman Mike Conaway, who represents Midland and Odessa, says he is pleased with the operation to take out bin Laden and ultimately al-Qaeda.

"We've got a lot of work left in Iraq and Afghanistan that will go on no matter what al-Qaeda does. But  this is a good day to celebrate," Conaway said.

A good day to celebrate, not only for the Obama administration, but also for our previous one.

"This really isn't about an administration. This is about the American People - it's not Republican or Democrat - this is about doing what's right for this country. Both Presidents have been up to the task," Conaway said.

Now that al-Qaeda has lost their leader, both Congressmen say, this could be an especially dangerous time.

"We have to be careful here and understand that this was a victory. A goal had been set and accomplished, but the War on Terror obviously continues," Neugebauer said.