After the recent announcement that al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed in a U.S. special forces operation in Pakistan, I spoke with CNBC about what this means for the terrorist organization and for our own counterterrorism efforts going forward. In addition to diminishing al Qaeda’s capabilities, bin Laden’s death may deter future terrorists because they know they might – as I told CNBC – “wind up having breakfast with a navy seal.”
The death of Osama Bin Laden has dealt a serious blow to Al Qaeda recruitment and has diminished the organization’s capability, Asa Hutchinson, former Under Secretary of Homeland Security told CNBC on Wednesday.
Hutchinson said with the operation, carried out by US forces, the US has proven it can and will fight the war on terrorism.
“You think about this being the command center,” Hutchinson said. “Their capability has been diminished …the benefits from this will come over the next year.”