The President of the US was in buoyant mood for his speech to soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell in Kentucky.
He had already had a private meeting with the US Navy Seals who had executed the operation to kill Osama bin Laden.
Many of the troops have just returned from Afghanistan. Their Commander in Chief reminded them the fight will go on there and in Pakistan:
“Even before this weeks operation we put al-Queda’s leadership under more pressure than at any time since 9/11 on both sides of the border. So the bottom line is this our strategy is working and there is no greater evidence of that than justice finally being delivered to Osama bin Laden.
“But I don’t want to fool you. This continues to be a very tough fight. You know that, but because of this progress we are moving into a new phase. In the coming months we will start transferring responsibility for security to Afghan forces, starting this summer we will begin reducing American forces.”
Earlier it was revealed the President had been told the operation to kill bin Laden had only a 50-50 chance of success. Despite the risk he gave the go ahead. This week his rating in the polls jumped 50 per cent.