At least two members of Iowa’s congressional delegation may be hinting the death of Osama bin Laden means the end of the war in Afghanistan is near.
Congressman Leonard Boswell, a Democrat from Des Moines, issued a written statement shortly after President Obama announced bin Laden was dead. Boswell said the president and our military leaders “should be commended for their steadfast commitment to pursuing Osama bin Laden and his followers.”
But Boswell added he looks forward to “joining Iowa’s military families in welcoming our brave troops as they return home” from Afghanistan. Congressman Bruce Braley, a Democrat from Waterloo, called the death of bin Laden a “mission accomplished” moment. He noted it was “on the eighth anniversary” of President Bush making that declaration. Braley said now the United States “can finally close a tragic chapter in our nation’s history.”
Congressman Dave Loebsack, a Democrat from Mount Vernon, warned there may be attacks from those who “seek revenge” for bin Laden’s death. Loebsack, who is a member of the House Armed Services Committee, concluded his written statement by saying he “will continue to ensure the security of our nation” — and made no mention of bringing troops home.
Congressman Tom Latham, a Republican from Ames, called bin Laden’s death a “critical victory for the cause of freedom.” Neither of Iowa’s U.S. Senators issued statements Sunday evening, nor did Congressman Steve King, a Republican from Kiron.