In the 24 hours after the death of Osama bin Laden, Heritage Foundation experts appeared on local and national media outlets over 70 times explaining what it meant.

And over the past two weeks, our foreign policy team has broken down what this development means for the future of the War on Terror in a series of important reports.

  • Protecting America at Home. America’s homeland security priorities remain unchanged, and our needs remain the same. In a new report, Heritage homeland security experts Matt Mayer and Jena Baker McNeill outline how the federal government needs to change its defense priorities to make American safer. Second, renewing the PATRIOT Act, a successful tool in the arsenal of the intelligence community, is essential to keeping America safe. McNeill and Jessica Zuckerman explain why this piece of legislation has kept us safe, and why it’s especially important to renew certain aspects of the law.
  • Winning the War on Terror. James Carafano delves extensively into strategies for winning the long war on terrorism. But this war cannot and should not be fought alone. Sally McNamara and Morgan Roach discuss what bin Laden’s death means for NATO’s role in the Afghanistan, particularly Britain and Germany, whose leaders welcomed his demise.
  • Consequences in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Heritage’s Lisa Curtis analyzes what bin Laden’s death means for the operational strategy on the ground in Afghanistan. In a separate report, she discusses how his death and the circumstances around it impact our relationship with Pakistan.
  • Building Support for the War. Helle Dale discusses how the death of bin Laden should affect how the United States conducts itself on the world stage. Since the war on terror requires global support, she argues, the President should take advantage of this opportunity by reasserting U.S. leadership on the world stage rather than, as he too often has, bowing to global sentiments about American decline.

Comments (17)

Jack Watkins - May 19, 2011

Unfortunately, the genesis of Islamic terror stems from the Koran. No matter what we do for security measures, the end of Islamic terror ultimately rests with Muslims themselves.

Ed S - May 19, 2011

I think it shows that we will never forget what you did to our country. We will persue you however long it takes to bring you to justice for your attack on Freedom.

Kevin - May 19, 2011

This is what America’s homeland security is leading to… “If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.” – James Madison (1751-1836), 4th U.S. President and author of the U.S. Constitution
“My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.” – Thomas Jefferson

Emma Runion - May 19, 2011

The speech today tells us 2 things: The POTUS does NOT speak for the American people concerning international policy in the middle east & we can see that his priorities lye with rebuilding the middle east while our own Republic is broken.

john uhrhammer - May 19, 2011

Our president is our greatest security risk!
If it is not incompetence, then it is deliberate! He is not after personal freedoms but intends that chaos bring us down.
He won’t fix our borders.
He won’t cut federal spending.
He won’t let us develop our own oil resources.
He won’t keep unions from costing us more than we can afford.
He won’t reduce federal bureaucracy for businesses.
He won’t admit that global is a Dole perpetrated hoax.
The man has absolutely no integrity!

Rodney Robinson - May 19, 2011

Bin Laden’s death, so long after 9/11, shows just how long it is going to take to suppress terrorist plans and activities. As George W Bush explained, “this will be a long war”. So be it. Let it be a long war. Let the world see the willingness of the terrorists to kill day after day. At some point nearly every family in the middle east will have a member killed by terrorists. When 9/11 happened I tried to think of something simulair that has happened in U S history. I came up with Geronimo. His whole culture was dying and his response was to kill as many people as he could, probably because it was the only thing left that he could do. I don’t know this, but I even speculated that there might be a ratio of the numbers killed by Geronimo and those who died in the twin towers and other other more recent terroists attacks as to the respective number of total population of the U S during those two events. Geronimo did all his killing to no avail and it seems to me that Bin Laden and his underlings will end up making the same thumbprint in history. All the killing will accomplished nothing in both cases.

P - May 19, 2011

Killing bin laden was a step forward in the war on terror, nothing more, nothing less. We have many more steps to take to win this war, one of which include getting that radical muslim out of OUR WHITE HOUSE. Seems as though no one wants to seriously address that issue though.

Wayne, Louisiana - May 19, 2011

I believe that our country can be protected without the renewal of elements of the Patriot Act. It requires smart and alert National Security Personnel. There were many warnings before recent terrorist acts but they went ignored by the same people who want increased spying and suppression of individual freedom rights through more laws and regulations.

Allan Fritz - May 19, 2011

It will change little, but shows the intelligence and comat capability of the United States. That will give pause to those who would do evil toward us. I also shows we are willing to take whatever measurs necessary to accomplish the mission.

randman - May 19, 2011

If we had a real Commander in Chief, we would use our special ops guys and go after their leaders and KILL them one by one. We must establish anti-sharia law either federally or state by state. Those thaat believe in sharia are advocating the overthrow of the U.S Constitution.

VC Geezer, Nevada - May 19, 2011

It’s a two-edged sword: On one hand other al-Qaida may stop to consider the consequences but on the other hand they will likely want to seek revenge for bin Laden’s death. Also, being that it has been 10 years since 9/11, bin Laden’s death is not as significant as it could have been.

BobRGeologist - May 20, 2011

We should accept the necessary restrictions of the Patriot act. Our Givornment should not disarm our lawful citizenry. We should retain our ability to defend ourselves from home grown terrorist groups. Take a lesson from Switzerland which has never been invaded. Every able bodied Swiss male is armed with a service rifle and plenty of ammo to stay proficient with it. Obama was dead wrong to forbid the recovery of 1 million M1 US service rifles from S. Korea. It was a major reason for our winning WW2. I can personally recommend it as I was on the Arizona state high power rifle team in 1958 in the National Matches and have fired thousands of rounds through one.

David Pett - May 20, 2011

President Obama is more dangerous to America than is Osama bin Laden, dead or alive.

Bruce - May 20, 2011

Bin Laden’s death, I believe, is a blow to the Islamic terrorists. We must keep up the pressure and renew/enact laws like the Patriot Act to help assure the safety of our citizens.
On another note; I believe Obamacare is the single most threatening challenge to freedom our country has ever faced! I believe it to be a greater threat than terrorism. This is because if the government has control of health care they will eventually be able to (and I believe will) impose laws and regulations on our behavior in the name of helping keep health care cost down. All sports, high risk injury jobs like farming will be regulated, denied, and or taxed to control costs. For example: If you choose to ride a motorcycle you will be forced to pay a tax due to the high risk injury should you be in a collision. If you are a farmer (one of the most dangerous jobs) in order to continue to farm you will have to suffer a tax, regulations, certification to operate machinery, etc. all to control costs. Sports such as snow skiing, football, water sports, will be taxed, denied, and or regulated. We will, in 20 years loose many of our freedoms if Obamacare is not repealed!

Roger Brooks - May 20, 2011

The vibrancy and resilancy of the United States Military has demonstrated itself time and time again in the long run. The inherent principles of our country instill within us the tireless will to fight-guts and muscle- to protect human rights in America and by doing so human rights throughout the entire world.

Al Baatz - May 21, 2011

Bin Laden’s death and the capture of intelegence at his residence will cause a temporary slow down. But some one else will fill the leadership role and gradually get back up to speed. New leader may not be quite as effective.l.

Robert & Carla Trutt - May 21, 2011

We should accept the necessary restrictions of the Patriot act. Our Government should not disarm our lawful citizenry. We should retain our ability to defend ourselves from home grown terrorist groups. Take a lesson from Switzerland which has never been invaded. Every able bodied Swiss male is armed with a service rifle and plenty of ammo to stay proficient with it. Obama was dead wrong to forbid the recovery of
1 million M1 US service rifles from S. Korea. It was a major reason for our winning WW2.

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