Washington, D.C.: Citing the Norwegian Committee's decision to honor Tawakkul Karman for her "leading part in the struggle for women’s rights and for democracy and peace in Yemen," United States President and 2009 Nobel Peace Laureate Barack Obama offered "heartiest congratulations to Ms. Karman for her tireless work to bring peace and justice throughout the entire Middle East," and announced that a coordinated assault by Navy fighters operating from the U.S.S. Carl Vinson, operators from the Army's secretive Delta Force, and a fleet of CIA Predator drones had leveled a suspected base of operations for Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula outside the Yemeni capital of Sanaa this morning.
"I recall the day I learned that I had won this honor, and how humbled I felt. I can only say to Ms. Karman, welcome to the club. Let me be clear: Tawakkul Karman is a warrior for peace," Mr. Obama enthused at a dawn press conference, flanked by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, CIA Director David Petraeus, and newly sworn Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey. "It is my privilege to offer her the respect and esteem of the entire American people on this occasion."
"I am also pleased," the President continued, "to announce that in a daring pre-dawn raid our forces attacked a major Al Qaeda stronghold, which had been cleverly disguised as an orphanage in Yemen. Our brave men and women were successful in bringing the terrrorist Abdul Al-Hazred, also known as Leon Phelps, to justice. Mr. Al-Hazred, who was a resident of Seattle before he joined Al Qaeda, was sought for questioning in connection with the propagation of Al Qaeda-linked videos on Youtube. Before his death he was ranked eighth on the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Most Wanted List."
Mr. Obama went on to announce that an undisclosed number of militants sworn to the destruction of the United States of America had also been brought to justice, and announced a new policy initiative.
"In honor of Tawakkol Karman's long struggle to bring democracy to the Middle East, we will be stepping up our efforts in Yemen and surrounding nations," the President declared. "I have instructed the United States Air Force to supplement our targeted strikes against Al Qaeda and those who would derail the Middle East peace process with high altitude aerial bombing against suspected militants, in order that the people of Yemen may live free of the scourge of terror. I have also warned Prime Minister Gilani of Pakistan that the United States will no longer tolerate his country as a safe haven for terror, and that Pakistan must turn over all suspected militants for fair trial before a military commission, at a location to be disclosed, or face the most severe consequences."
Asked about reports that a number of civilians had been killed or wounded in the orphanage strike, Mr. Obama replied that, "No price is too great to pay for peace."