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Missouri's legislators react to the death of Osama bin Laden

Date: May 2, 2011
By: Brian Pepoon
State Capitol Bureau

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Missouri lawmakers speak about the death of former Al Qaeda head man Osama bin Laden.
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Wrap: The general atmosphere around the state Capitol was one of happiness, but with cautious reservation in response to the death of Osama bin Laden, the former head of Al Qaeda.

Columbia Democratic Representative Stephen Webber served two terms in Iraq as a Marine.

He says bin Laden's death is more symbolic than tangible, but is still a victory.

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Description: "We got to remember that Al Qaeda's still out there. And we have to remember that there are soldiers and marines in Afghanistan and Iraq today that are probably in more danger than they were yesterday."

Webber also says to really support the war and the troops, Americans must be willing to pay taxes to help treat veterans' physical and emotional traumas.

From Jefferson City, I'm Brian Pepoon.

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Missouri legislators talk about the death of Osama bin Laden and the future of war on terror.
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Wrap: A bright, but realistic atmosphere blanketed the state capitol in reaction to Osama bin Laden's death, the former head of Al Qaeda. 

Columbia Democratic Representative Stephen Webber served two terms in Iraq as a member of the Marines.

He says he was surprised about how fulfilling it was to hear the news about bin Laden's death.

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Description: "You know, it felt a lot better than I anticipated it feeling. I mean,I knew I was going to be excited about it, but I think there was a sense of satisfaction, even ten years later, that surprised me.

However, Webber says the death of bin Laden is much more symbolic than tangible victory and that the true support for the war will come when veterans return and need aid for their physical and emotional traumas.

From the state Capitol, I'm Brian Pepoon.

Intro: 
Missouri legislators talk about the death of Osama bin Laden and the future of the war on terror.
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Wrap: A bright, but realistic tone emanated throughout the state Capitol in response to the death of Osama bin Laden, the former head of Al Qaeda.

Kirkwood Republican Representative Rick Stream worked for the US Department of Defense for 30 years as an aviation strategist and was a U.S. Naval officer in Vietnam.

He says he is excited for America and for the military, and they should be proud of how smooth the raid was.

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Description: "It's a success story for the American military and for the CIA to be able to locate him and then take him out with such precision that none of our men were injured."

Stream also says bin Laden's death is just one part of the war on terrorism and there will be someone else there to replace him, and the war is not over.

From the state Capitol, I'm Brian Pepoon.


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