Gen. Jeffrey Foley (ret.) sat down with News 12's Richard Rogers to discuss the mission to take out Osama bin Laden. (May 2, 2011 / WRDW-TV)
News 12 at 11 o'clock / Monday, May 2, 2011
AUGUSTA, Ga.---Fort Gordon's former commanding general says the bin Laden mission just proves the power and the reach of the U.S. military.
News 12's Richard Rogers sat down with retired Brigadier General Jeffrey Foley to talk about what it took to find the man who planned the 9/11 attacks.
Rogers: "I know you're an Army guy to the core, but what would you say about the Navy Seals today?"
Foley: "The only time I don't like the Navy is when we're playing them in football or baseball or anything else. Any other minute of every other day I'm just so enormously proud. They all wear the uniform of a soldier, sailor or airman. Marine or Coast Guard and I love 'em all. I love their families and I just couldn't be more proud of the United States Military."
Rogers: "Take us through the mission. How dangerous was it?"
"Every one is dangerous. Everything is live rounds, flying at night in hostile territory, in unknown territory they haven't had a chance to physically recon on the ground. Walled defensive operations in place. But the element of surprise--the fact that we practice this sort of event all the time--makes us comfortable at night. But you never really know until you get your feet on the ground. These guys are just so well trained-,so well trained that they execute this stuff to this standard. It makes you very proud of our military. It just demonstrates to the world how resilient and how the United States of America will come after you. You come after us, you do us harm, we will be tireless, we will be relentless in our pursuit of gettin' ya."
"And we never gave up. There was never ever, ever, ever any delay in the United States military in finding Bin Laden."
Rogers: "When you're a commanding general at Ft. Gordon, is bin Laden on your radar every day over the last decade?"
Foley: "Well, I think he was on everybody's Ace of Spades on the 'card deck' sort of a thing. We just have a lot of high value targets. There's a lot of bad people out there."
Rogers: "We noticed Ft. Gordon's security is higher now, why is that?"
Foley: "You know, military installations around the United States always vary their security measures. They have a mission to provide and protect those working living on the installation and they have all sorts of military measures to put into place at different times with different elevations and different color schemes and different ways and means to do whatever they believe is necessary to protect the folks and that's what they're doing today."
Rogers: "What kind of blow is this to the war on terror? Is Al Qaeda finished?
Foley: "No. The president was really right on the money last night, I couldn't agree with him more, as most people do obviously. Al Qaeda is a very big organization. They have lots of people ready to step in. They will continue to be a threat to the United States and all the free nations of the world."
Brigadier General Foley was commanding general at Fort Gordon for 3 years. He retired at the end of October.