Following the death of Osama Bin Laden in May 2011, the paper attempts to study the speeches of President Obama and the CIA director. It seeks to shed light on the two speeches’ underlying messages.
The message in the “President’s Note on Osama Bin Laden”
The landmark announcement of Osama Bin Laden by former President Obama was one that marked a vital triumph for national security in the United States. For the Obama presidency, it was also a major achievement. The accomplishment brought an end to a mission that the intelligence of the United States, together with the armed powers over the past decade, was the most relentless. The announcement of Obama, which came as a surprise to many, was the basis for the celebration that rocked the nation that was still scarred by the memory of the fateful September 11 attacks of 2001. Thus, it produced a moment that was rare of the unity of the country during a time when it was faced with deep divisions regarding the diverse issues of both domestic as well as foreign policy (Balz & Balz, 2011; WH, 2011).
The gathered crowd that was cheering and waving the flag on the streets was an emotional relief symbol that was visible across the nation. Notably, the death of Osama Bin Laden will not put an end to the threat to the United States that is posed by the Al-Qaeda militants. However, Bin Laden’s death, who was responsible for almost 3,000 people, illustrates a psychological setback that is major to the organization. Despite the victories witnessed in the killing of other Al-Qaeda members that are at the top, nothing could be compared to the removal of its leadership, as it was a major blow. Besides, former President Obama notes in his speech that Bin Laden’s death marked a significant achievement in their efforts to eradicate the efforts of Al-Qaeda. Importantly, Al-Qaeda’s threat continues to loom as the organization progresses with its agenda in the 21st century (Inkster, 2011).
The US Commandos retrieved essential intelligence on Al-Qaeda’s inner workings from Osama’s compound. As a result, after Osama’s raid, it was not a coincidence that it followed a series of strikes, which were successful against the top lieutenants in the Al-Qaeda network. In fact, in 2011, the officials of the U.S intelligence claim to have eliminated half of the senior leaders in attacks by drones that were armed as well as raids (Kitfield, 2012). In addition, according to IntelCentre, which is a company in the United States that specializes in Islamic website analysis, indicates that diverse Islamic groups were in the process of merging with the Al-Qaeda organization (Jenkins, 2016).
The message from the Director: Justice Done
Statement to Employees by Director of the Central Intelligence Agency Leon E. Panetta on the Death of Osama Bin Laden
The message in the speech by Leon Panetta, the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency on the death of Osama Bin Laden is one that was addressed to the employees responsible for ensuring that Bin Laden faced justice. It was a victory speech. The death of Bin Laden was viewed as a significant intelligence victory in the nation’s history (WH, 2011). Despite the event being unable to compensate for the loss in conjunction with the pain and the suffering that was inflicted by the mass murderer, it was comforting that the person responsible for the heinous act of September 11 attacks no longer walked free. The message of the CIA director recognized that the event produced a good will sense cross the lines that were partisan. It was coupled with the support that was broad for the Afghanistan war (Jenkins, 2016; Balz & Balz, 2011).
The director’s message also recognized the partnership that was witnessed between the government of Pakistan, particularly South Asia’s office of analysis as well as the counterterrorism center of the United States. This was majorly for the exemplary work in conjunction with the creativity that was amazing. The strike team was also applauded for their courage and bravery that brought the United States the significant triumph. In addition, his speech recognized the sacrifice that the CIA team made in gathering and analyzing of the intelligence that facilitated in the remarkable achievement. Besides, the victory was hinged on the accurate, timely, as well as relevant intelligence that offered key insights into the development of the mission (CIA, 2011; Inkster, 2011).
In conclusion, the messages contained in the two speeches represented those of victories that had been long awaited by the nations as well as the CIA. It was also a message of hope, of the families that lost their loved ones in the September 11 attack.
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