Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, R-Ga., a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, told National Journal that bin Laden's death represented an "uplifting" moment for the United States.
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"I think it's a great day," Westmoreland said late Sunday. "He was one of the real culprits of violence that we've been fighting for a long time. You have to think that this is a pretty good day, especially for the Am,erican troops that have been after him for so long."
"Long-term implications, I don't really know, but it's got to be good. I don't know any other way you can describe it. This guy has just been a terror to us."
Queried about whether the U.S. would face repercussions for taking out one of the leaders of the country's antagonists, Westmoreland said, "No more blowback than could've been going on right now. I think this administration's been trying... awfully hard to reach out to the Muslim world. if you look at all the things that have been going on, I don't know that you can see a lot of difference in that."
Asked to clarify his view of Obama's outreach to the Muslin world, Westmoreland said, "I think you can say that's not necessarily been effective."