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Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is the latest Bush administration official to make a statement about the death of Osama Bin Laden at the order of President Obama. And as Rumsfeld sees it, the credit goes to two sources: the American military and the counterterror policies he helped put in place.

"All of this was made possible by the relentless, sustained pressure on al Qaeda that the Bush administration initiated after 9/11 and that the Obama administration has wisely chosen to continue," Rumsfeld wrote on Facebook.

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This video, shot by TPM last night, gives a pretty representative slice of the energy at the wild party outside the White House that broke out as President Obama officially announced Osama Bin Laden had been killed. Here a large group of mostly young revelers spontaneously broke into a rendition of the national anthem.

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And in case you missed it, here's our previous video of the early morning celebration.

More than a month before U.S. military forces launched a deadly raid on Osama bin Laden's compound Sunday, President Obama ordered the development of multiple military plans aimed at killing or capturing the notorious fugitive leader of al Qaeda.

Obama's national security team began drawing up several different options back in March, including plans to bomb the Abbottabad compound located 35 miles north of Islamabad, Pakistan's capital, according to administration officials.

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Mike Huckabee took a page from a tabloid headline writer's book this morning when he put together his statement on the death of Osama bin Laden at the hands of American forces Sunday.

"Welcome to hell, bin Laden," Huckabee said. "Let us all hope that his demise will serve notice to Islamic radicals the world over that the United States will be relentless is tracking down and terminating those who would inflict terror, mayhem and death on any of our citizens."

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Osama bin Laden's death in Pakistan is already causing significant disruptions to the United States' foreign policy status quo. Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai reacted to the news by claiming bin Laden's sanctuary near Islamabad vindicates his critique of allied actions inside Afghanistan.

"Again and again, for years and every day we have said that the war on terror is not in Afghan villages, not in Afghan houses of the poor and oppressed," Mr Karzai said. "The war against terrorism is in its sources, in its financial sources, its sanctuaries, in its training bases, not in Afghanistan," Karzai said, according to The Daily Telegraph. "The war against terrorism is in its sources, in its financial sources, its sanctuaries, in its training bases, not in Afghanistan.... It was proved that we were right."

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President's Vow Fulfilled The New York Times reports: "Bin Laden's death is certainly one of the most significant and defining moments of Mr. Obama's presidency. It allows him to claim the biggest national security victory in a decade -- something that eluded President George W. Bush for nearly eight years -- and instantly burnishes his foreign policy credentials at a time when he has been questioned about his decisions on the Middle East. The gravity of the moment was impossible to minimize. At ground zero, in baseball stadiums and on college campuses across the country, elation erupted as though a war had been won."

Obama's Day Ahead President Obama and Vice President Biden will receive the presidential daily briefing at 10:15 a.m. ET, and Obama will meet at 10:45 a.m. ET with senior advisers. At 11:15 a.m. ET, Obama will award Private First Class Anthony T. Kaho'ohanohano, U.S. Army, and Private First Class Henry Svehla, U.S. Army, the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry. At 8:15 p.m. ET, the President and First Lady will host a group of bipartisan leaders and ranking members and their spouses for a dinner, which will also be attended by Vice President Biden and his wife Dr. Jill Biden.

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Former Vice President Dick Cheney -- a vocal critic of President Obama's anti-terror policy since the end of the Bush administration -- extended his congratulations to the White House after the death of Osama bin Laden at the hands of U.S. forces. Cheney called the killing of bin Laden "a tremendous achievement for the military and intelligence professionals who carried out this important mission."

"I also want to congratulate President Obama and the members of his national security team," Cheney said.

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News of Osama Bin Laden's demise at American hands sent crowds pouring onto the grounds outside the White House, where hundreds instinctively flocked to the site of the president's address for a raucous celebration.

The crowd was overwhelmingly young, many of them students from DC's nearby universities who were in grade school on 9/11, creating a frat-like atmosphere as participants chanted "USA!" "Yes We Did!" and sang the national anthem. Many carried American flags or dressed in red, white and blue. The air was pungent with tobacco smoke in places as revelers giddily lit up victory cigars. Some took turns climbing lampposts, drawing huge cheers with each successful attempt.

[See TPM's Slideshow of the Celebration in DC and New York City]

"Well, Osama would hate that," one onlooker cracked as a young woman flashed her breasts.

For many, the news of Bin Laden's death was simply too intense to enjoy alone.

"I didn't think we'd ever find him," one misty-eyed defense contractor told TPM as he carried a giant flag. "I saw the news flash and just wanted to join Americans in celebration."

"Better late than never, right?" Mike Martinez, an Iraq veteran who came with another member of his unit, Josh Carnes.

"We got him," Carnes said. "This is awesome!"

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