Osama bin Laden's death is welcome news. He symbolized the virulence of al Qaeda animosity to America and also symbolized the limits of American power in fighting this kind of war.
President Obama served our country well, both in his actions approving the operation and in his statement after its success. He commended the intelligence operatives and analysts who collected the clues and connected them, and the military folks who fought their way into the compound and killed Bin Laden. He gracefully had been in touch with his predecessor and with Pakistani President Zardari. He praised cooperation with Pakistan that made the operation possible, which, even if untrue, it will assist future efforts.