BREAKING: BIN LADEN DEAD; Update: Killed “deep inside Pakistan” today in a firefight; Update: Found in Abbottabad; Update: Linked to Umar Patek? Update: Details of assault; Update: Early intel came from Gitmo detainees

posted at 9:59 pm on May 1, 2011 by Allahpundit

From Patrick Ishmael:

Topic as yet unknown. Putting this up as a placeholder until the regular crew arrives. If you run across anything, flag it in the comments, and I’ll update this when appropriate. Stay tuned.

Update: The AP has a brief story up. Nothing that we don’t already know (or I guess, not know,) but that page may update as new information emerges. Worth keeping an eye on.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama is making a late-night statement but is not announcing the topic that he will discuss.

Officials say the statement could come as early as 10:30 p.m. EDT.

It is highly unusual that the president would make a late-night statement with not even a hint about what he would discuss.

At this writing, we’re about 10 minutes from speech time, and still no firm ideas as to the subject. Sam Stein tweets:

white house is mum on topic. and rightfully so, only 15 min wait. but one official says its “Important enough that you shld pay attention”

Update: Narrowing down the topics.

Breaking – We are told it is a national security related announcement by the President

Update: This may be historic news, or it may not. Rumors swinging around wildly on Twitter. We’ll wait for the speech. If you have news, shoot it to me here or send it to the comments.

Update: BIN LADEN.

From Allahpundit:

Update (AP): Fox News says he was killed in a missile strike last week and that they’ve been waiting on an announcement until they had DNA confirmation from the remains that it was him. If there was ever a question of discontinuing drone attacks in Pakistan, there won’t be after this.

In related news, Osama Bin Laden was alive as of last week?

Update (AP): One of the reasons I assumed he’d died years ago was that, if he was alive, surely he’d be taunting the U.S. with video messages. As it is, how many new videos of him have there been since 9/11? Two? He dropped almost completely off the grid and stayed there — for nine and a half years. Why? Just too gutless to show his face on camera lest we glean something from the video about his whereabouts?

Update (AP): I’m mighty, mighty curious to find out how much of a role Pakistan played in this too. Remember this story from just three weeks ago about how they wanted the U.S. to wind down the drone strikes and start removing CIA personnel? Maybe dropping a dime on Bin Laden’s location is their way of sweetening the pot. Now that we have our prize kill, the public might accept relaxing the pace of drone strikes.

Update (AP): The Times reported on a major drone strike in North Waziristan on April 22 that killed 23 people. Presumably that’s the one that got Bin Laden. Who else was with him in a crowd that big?

A choice quote:

The drone strike on Friday came after Admiral Mullen delivered an unusually harsh message during his visit here, saying publicly that Pakistan’s spy agency, Inter-Services Intelligence, directly supported and abetted the Haqqani network of militants in North Waziristan. The network’s militants are responsible for many of the American casualties in Afghanistan, American commanders say.

Update (AP): Hold the phone — I’m seeing conflicting reports of where he was killed and neither involve Waziristan. A banner on CNN.com says it was inside Afghanistan. And a tweet from Breaking News says, almost unbelievably, that it happened outside Islamabad, a.k.a. the capital of Pakistan. If the latter is true, there are going to be a lot of uncomfortable questions being asked come morning.

Update (AP): U.S. relations with Pakistan will never be the same if this is true:

Osama bin Laden was killed by U.S. forces in a mansion outside the Pakistani capital of Islamabad along with other family members, senior U.S. official tells CNN.

Does this mean he wasn’t killed in a missile strike but in some sort of special forces op? Why didn’t the Pakistani media notice?

Update (AP): Maybe it wasn’t a drone strike after all:

CBS: Osama was “shot in the head.”

Update (AP): Good point from Dave Weigel: Now that we’ve gotten the scalp we wanted the most, the public will probably be even more inclined to support withdrawal from Afghanistan. Which, of course, is what Pakistan’s been after for years. Again, I’m very curious to know just what role their intel services played. Especially if the almost unbelievable detail about where this happened is true.

Update (AP): CBS is saying that he was killed in Afghanistan. Stay tuned; Obama will speak shortly. It’s nice to think of him being gunned down by U.S. troops, though, rather than blown to bits by a missile. It’s sweet to think that some of our guys got to see the look on his face when they came through the door.

Update (AP): Reuters says it was indeed U.S. special forces that did the honors. Awesome.

Update (AP): Obama’s speaking now. They’ve been developing a hot lead on Bin Laden for months; they tracked him to a compound in a town “deep inside Pakistan” and it all went down today, not last week as initially reported. There was a firefight and — amazingly — no American troops were harmed. O’s trumpeting Pakistan’s cooperation as I write this, but that’s thin gruel given the questions that are coming about who knew what in the Pakistani government about OBL moving around “deep inside” the country.

Update (AP): The city where they got him is named Abbottabad. It’s not in the tribal areas; it’s in the northeastern part of the country, just 75 or so miles from the seat of government in Islamabad. A telling aside from O’s speech: He said that he called Pakistan’s president after the incident to let him know — which, presumably, means there wasn’t Pakistani cooperation after all. As I said earlier, relations between us will never be the same.

All credit to Obama, though, for pulling the trigger and sending troops in to take care of business. If OBL hadn’t been there or if things had gone wrong, this would have been an international clusterfark, especially given how deep they were inside the country. Well done.

Update (AP): Dubya speaks:

Earlier this evening, President Obama called to inform me that American forces killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of the al Qaeda network that attacked America on September 11, 2001. I congratulated him and the men and women of our military and intelligence communities who devoted their lives to this mission. They have our everlasting gratitude. This momentous achievement marks a victory for America, for people who seek peace around the world, and for all those who lost loved ones on September 11, 2001. The fight against terror goes on, but tonight America has sent an unmistakable message: No matter how long it takes, justice will be done.

Update (AP): Via Mediaite, Obama officially shares the good news:

Update (AP): A fascinating detail from blogger Anil Dash: Abbottabad is actually a tourist town in Pakistan. So much so that its Wikipedia entry has an entire section about it. It’s basically the opposite of a cave in the tribal areas. Presumably Bin Laden figured the U.S. would never look for him in a town like that. Marc Ambinder’s administration sources say they think Bin Laden was holed up in the compound for six months at least. Can’t wait to find out if that’s true, or if he was actually out and about at times mixing with the tourists.

Now, a question: Is this just a coincidence or something more?

Update (AP): A senior administration official confirms that Pakistani leaders weren’t briefed until after the attack. For all of O’s lip service tonight about how much we value our partnership with Islamabad, that speaks volumes.

Update (AP): A great question from Sultan al-Qassemi:

I wonder if Arab & world leaders will send Obama cables congratulating the US on killing OBL…

Update (AP): Nicholas Jackson of the Atlantic says the location of the compound has already been marked — by someone — on Google Maps. Follow the link and have a look. Assuming it’s correct, the compound is less than a thousand feet away from a (rundown) Pakistani police station.

Update (AP): WSJ reporter Tom Wright notes an amazing coincidence: Arch-terrorist and longtime Bin Laden crony Umar Patek was also captured in Abbottabad three months ago. Here’s a Jakarta Post story on the arrest published just two weeks ago. (Patek is Indonesian and was linked to the Bali bombings in 2002.) Pakistani intel is now claiming, per Wright, that they helped lead the U.S. to Bin Laden via information gleaned from Patek. That seems unlikely — apparently, we’ve known Bin Laden was in Abbottabad for six months or so, and if Pakistan was providing intel on OBL, Obama wouldn’t have waited until after today’s operation to phone Zardari. Still, it’s too startling a coincidence to actually be a coincidence. Did Patek lead us right to Bin Laden’s door by rendezvousing with him? And why didn’t Bin Laden run once Patek was picked up? He must have known by then that either Pakistan or the U.S. was interested in arresting local super-terrorists.

Update (AP): Howard Kurtz listened in on a conference call given by U.S. officials about the raid on the compound:

Security at the compound was “extraordinary,” an official said, with 12- to 18-foot walls topped by barbed wire. Yet the $1 million compound had no phone or Internet service. “Our best assessment was that bin Laden was living there with several family members, including his youngest wife,” the official said.

Asked what bin Laden did once the U.S. team landed, an official would say only: “He did resist the assault force.”

Officials said three other men were killed in the raid—one who is believed to be bin Laden’s adult son, and two couriers. One woman was killed when she was used as a shield by one of the combatants, they said. The U.S. team lost a helicopter due to mechanical failure.

I can’t wait for the full details tomorrow and then, in a year or two, the inevitable movie. More from ABC News and Brian Ross. It was, of course, the Navy SEALs who were the tip of the spear:

The U.S. had been monitoring the compound in Abbottabad for months after receiving a tip in August that Bin Laden might be seeking shelter there. He had long been said to be in the mountainous region along the Afghanistan, Pakistan border, hiding in a cave as the U.S. sought to kill him with drone strikes from above. Instead, he was in a house eight times larger than its neighbors, with a seven-foot wall and valued at $1 million. The house had no phone of television and the residents burned their trash. The house had high windows and few points of access, and U.S. officials concluded it had been built to hide someone.

According to U.S. officials, two U.S. helicopters swept into the compound at 1:30 and 2:00 a.m. Sunday morning. Twenty to 25 U.S. Navy Seals under the command of the Joint Special Operations Command in cooperation with the CIA stormed the compound and engaged Bin Laden and his men in a firefight, killed Bin Laden and all those with him.

Pakistani officials say it was a joint operation; U.S. officials say that only Americans were involved in the raid. Hmmmm. Oh — and Bin Laden did, reportedly, fire his gun. Savor the terror he must have felt in those last moments as those SEALs came through the windows and doors.

Update (AP): Amazing. This Pakistani IT consultant lives in Abbottabad and ended up tweeting about strange goings-on this morning without knowing the significance, of course. A few choice tweets:

Helicopter hovering above Abbottabad at 1AM (is a rare event).

A huge window shaking bang here in Abbottabad Cantt. I hope its not the start of something nasty :-S

the few people online at this time of the night are saying one of the copters was not Pakistani…

I wonder which cable news net will land the first interview with him tomorrow.

Update (AP): Tourism isn’t the only thing Abbottabad is known for:

A medium-sized city, Abbottabad is home to a large Pakistani military base, a military academy of the Pakistani army, and a major hospital and other facilities that would could have served as support for Osama bin Laden.

A senior Indonesian militant, Umar Patek, was arrested in Abbottabad earlier this year. Mr. Patek was protected by a Qaeda operative, a postal clerk who worked under cover at the main post office, a signal that Al Qaeda may have had other operatives in the area.

Here’s a Google satellite photo of what may or may not be the compound. Yochi Dreazen, National Journal’s national security correspondent, tweets, “Military source tells me #Seals built a full-scale mockup of #bin Ladin’s compound and spent weeks practicing the raid and learning layout.”

Update: An Al-Arabiya correspondent claims that two of Bin Laden’s wives and four of his sons were captured during the raid. Apparently, the key to the whole operation was finding and tracking Bin Laden’s most trusted courier, a process that took years — and involved info given by Guantanamo detainees:

Some time after Sept. 11, detainees held by the U.S. told interrogators about a man believed to work as a courier for bin Laden, senior administration officials said. The man was described by detainees as a protégé of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, and “one of the few Al Qaeda couriers trusted by bin laden.”

Initially, intelligence officials only had the man’s nickname, but they discovered his real name four years ago.

Two years ago, intelligence officials began to identify areas of Pakistan where the courier and his brother operated, and the great security precautions the two men took aroused U.S. suspicions.

Last August, intelligence officials tracked the men to their residence in Abbottabad, Pakistan, a relatively wealthy town 35 miles north of Islamabad where many retired military officers live.

Ultimately, it was the conspicuous size and security precautions taken at the compound that made it stand out. And when they got further intel that a family roughly the size of Bin Laden’s was living there, they nailed it down. In other words, Osama was, for all intents and purposes, hiding in plain sight.

Also: U.S. officials confirmed that Pakistan was not, in fact, informed before the operation.

Update (AP): It’s 2 a.m. and we probably know all we’re going to know tonight. Jazz Shaw will pick this up in the morning with an early thread on new developments. I feel strangely low key about the news, to my surprise; since it broke a few hours ago, I’ve been thinking of the sound the second plane made when it hit the second tower. Nothing will undo it, not even this. But it’s rewarding to know that Bin Laden spent 10 long years hiding his face from the world and that, when the moment of truth came, he had to look Americans in the eye. It’s better than a happy ending. It’s a just one.


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Vellly eeenteresting.
Hmmmmm.

pambi on May 1, 2011 at 10:00 PM

Maybe he liked all the laughs his routine got from the sycophantic press last night so he’s launching a stand-up act from the Oval?

SoRight on May 1, 2011 at 10:00 PM

The SecDef just raised the US to force protection Bravo.

Really.

Pythagoras on May 1, 2011 at 10:00 PM

WTF?

ElectricPhase on May 1, 2011 at 10:01 PM

Present…..hahaha..

hews gonna tell us he really was born in Kenya and psyche on trump…

imperator on May 1, 2011 at 10:01 PM

Isn’t Celebrity Apprentice on right now? Taking away ratings from Trump?

Notorious GOP on May 1, 2011 at 10:01 PM

The SecDef just raised the US to force protection Bravo.

Really.

Pythagoras on May 1, 2011 at 10:00 PM

link?

imperator on May 1, 2011 at 10:01 PM

Qaddafi dead?

BKeyser on May 1, 2011 at 10:01 PM

Libya

bernzright777 on May 1, 2011 at 10:01 PM

I don’t like the sounds of this…if Obama is working late on a weekend night, something is very, very wrong.

AUINSC on May 1, 2011 at 10:02 PM

Wish I knew more!!!!!

Pythagoras on May 1, 2011 at 10:02 PM

Interesting.

Philly on May 1, 2011 at 10:02 PM

No link. I did not get this from the internet.

However, I know that what I have said is unclassified.

Pythagoras on May 1, 2011 at 10:03 PM

It’s about Obama killing Gadaffi’s son and grandchildren. Seems that “the Muslim world will respect us now” thing isn’t working out too well.

Rational Thought on May 1, 2011 at 10:03 PM

He’s going to cut into “Celebrity Apprentice”.

Nothing anywhere else mentions any of this.

Knucklehead on May 1, 2011 at 10:03 PM

Oh great. This can’t be good.

JellyToast on May 1, 2011 at 10:04 PM

Oh goodness. What is that Hawaiian cretin going to do now?

Shogun144 on May 1, 2011 at 10:04 PM

I wont be watching!

clement on May 1, 2011 at 10:04 PM

AUINSC on May 1, 2011 at 10:02 PM

Maybe energy costs have made night lighted golf courses close and Obama could not play golf tonight.

That would make it a National Crisis.

WoosterOh on May 1, 2011 at 10:04 PM

Maybe hes stepping down, its not to late to get drunck and call in sick tomorrow..

imperator on May 1, 2011 at 10:05 PM

I’m not seeing squat about this on any news site.

DethMetalCookieMonst on May 1, 2011 at 10:06 PM

Maybe Gaddafi is toast. If so, President Jackass still won’t do anything useful about Libya.

Philly on May 1, 2011 at 10:06 PM

And, yes, I am cynical enough to believe that their internal polling is showing that his “nasty monologue” (Drudge’s words) about Trump last night isn’t turning out like they thought it would turn out — and that would have been wall-to-wall Monday morning. Now this. Instead. Yes. I am that cynical about my president’s character.

Rational Thought on May 1, 2011 at 10:06 PM

This should be an open thread with a drinking game involved!

Here’s to hoping he resigns!

MeatHeadinCA on May 1, 2011 at 10:06 PM

Obama has waited long enough! It’s TIME. Obama is going to declare martial law and suspend those silly constitutional rights until that threat (which is SO DIRE that he cannot even speak about it in public) has passed and we’re all safe and our rights can be restored.

He’s going to promise to keep us all informed as events unfold because he’s just that kind of guy… That is all!

Mahdi on May 1, 2011 at 10:06 PM

Anyone heard from Biden lately?

BlueStateBlues on May 1, 2011 at 10:07 PM

I’m not seeing squat about this on any news site.

DethMetalCookieMonst on May 1, 2011 at 10:06 PM

Breaking on Fox.

ElectricPhase on May 1, 2011 at 10:07 PM

Imperator, a lot of people would join you at the bar.

Philly on May 1, 2011 at 10:07 PM

I don’t like the sounds of this…if Obama is working late on a weekend night, something is very, very wrong.

AUINSC on May 1, 2011 at 10:02 PM

FIFY

Dopenstrange on May 1, 2011 at 10:08 PM

Why, Lord, does Geraldo have to be on air right now? It might be a sin to question you, oh Creator, but c’mon.

Philly on May 1, 2011 at 10:09 PM

But Fox took the “breaking” off now.

Dingbat63 on May 1, 2011 at 10:09 PM

Bin Laden? One can wish, can’t they?

The Hort on May 1, 2011 at 10:09 PM

Calm down, everyone. Apparently they came up with a couple more really good Trump jokes after the dinner and he just wants to go through them on camera.

cynccook on May 1, 2011 at 10:09 PM

The SecDef just raised the US to force protection Bravo.

Really.

Pythagoras on May 1, 2011 at 10:00 PM

What does that mean? Are we under attack or something?

Maybe hes stepping down, its not to late to get drunck and call in sick tomorrow..

imperator on May 1, 2011 at 10:05 PM

As always… I will listen for a few minutes, then if he still hasn’t resigned I’ll watch the seventh Harry Potter, cause we got interrupted the other day…

petunia on May 1, 2011 at 10:09 PM

He’s resigning. You heard here first.

TheBigOldDog on May 1, 2011 at 10:09 PM

This should be an open thread with a drinking game involved!

Here’s to hoping he resigns!

MeatHeadinCA on May 1, 2011 at 10:06 PM

Uncorking a nice bottle of wine right now.

I’m watching Celebrity Apprentice, nothing on NBC yet.

Knucklehead on May 1, 2011 at 10:10 PM

Maybe hes stepping down, its not to late to get drunck and call in sick tomorrow..

imperator on May 1, 2011 at 10:05 PM

I am soooo in!

Tim Zank on May 1, 2011 at 10:10 PM

twitter-

pfeiffer44 Dan Pfeiffer
POTUS to address the nation tonight at 10:30 PM Eastern Time
21 minutes ago

imperator on May 1, 2011 at 10:10 PM

I don’t like the sounds of this…if Obama is working late on a weekend night, something is very, very wrong.

AUINSC on May 1, 2011 at 10:02 PM

I know! Especially on this, the Lord’s day!

cynccook on May 1, 2011 at 10:10 PM

Good Lord, what have the Amish done now!?

JellyToast on May 1, 2011 at 10:11 PM

He’s going to tell us how his golf game went today.

scrubjay on May 1, 2011 at 10:11 PM

It would be great if we captured Bin Laden. But I’d like to hear the Trump jokes.

Philly on May 1, 2011 at 10:11 PM

BOOM…..BOOM…..BOOM….BOOM……

canopfor on May 1, 2011 at 10:12 PM

What does that mean? Are we under attack or something?

It means the DOD thinks a terrorist attack is predictable.

Shogun144 on May 1, 2011 at 10:12 PM

Ooof. Doesn’t sound good.

Bob's Kid on May 1, 2011 at 10:13 PM

Ground troops for Libya?

What else would require a sudden announcement?

sharrukin on May 1, 2011 at 10:13 PM

I’d guess it’ll be, “if you see anything suspicious …”

The DoD is seeing a real threat though.

Pythagoras on May 1, 2011 at 10:13 PM

I’ll bet when the “address” is over, we’ll all be saying, “What the hell was that?”

Rational Thought on May 1, 2011 at 10:13 PM

He’s resigning. You heard here first.

TheBigOldDog on May 1, 2011 at 10:09 PM

aaaahhhhhh! to good to be true

poppieseeds on May 1, 2011 at 10:13 PM

Why, Lord, does Geraldo have to be on air right now? It might be a sin to question you, oh Creator, but c’mon.

Philly on May 1, 2011 at 10:09 PM

I watch CNN instead of Mustache Jerry

darwin-t on May 1, 2011 at 10:13 PM

Huntsman came back from China yesterday… maybe the Chinese are attacking us…

Apparently, they put Huntsman’s daughter on a postage stamp in China. Weird. Cool though.

petunia on May 1, 2011 at 10:14 PM

Fox and MSNBC sites have it. CNN doesn’t.

Wethal on May 1, 2011 at 10:14 PM

I’ll bet when the “address” is over, we’ll all be saying, “What the hell was that?”

Rational Thought on May 1, 2011 at 10:13 PM

My first thought

darwin-t on May 1, 2011 at 10:14 PM

OMGZ!!!!!

Head to the bunkers!!

ALIEN INVASION!!

TimeTraveler on May 1, 2011 at 10:14 PM

He’s going to come out at 10:30 and yell “psyche!” and run back in the White House.

Mark1971 on May 1, 2011 at 10:15 PM

Oh Sh*t
**********

Hopey is going to Push Trumprts Buttons I’m afraid!!!!!!!

*******SERENDIPITY***********************************

Or,mere Sh*t-Luck,that the Trump Show is on!!!!

MMM……………………MMM…………………MMM….
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AngelaBMurray‎ White House says Obama to speak at 10:30 tonight.

I guess we can take the fact that he’s interrupting #CelebrityApprentice as a bonus.
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Twitter – 331
5 minutes ago

canopfor on May 1, 2011 at 10:16 PM

A matter of national security?

Philly on May 1, 2011 at 10:16 PM

Ground troops is my guess. Hope I`m wrong.

ThePrez on May 1, 2011 at 10:16 PM

Twitter Breaking News has it as an AP alert…?

d1carter on May 1, 2011 at 10:17 PM

He will declare war on Arizona, Louisiana, Wisconsin and Texas.

HalJordan on May 1, 2011 at 10:17 PM

Qaddafi dead, big terror threat or health issues- can’t think of anything else that merits this now

jjshaka on May 1, 2011 at 10:17 PM

Obama is desperate to pre-empt Celebrity Apprentice, to ruin its ratings and damage Trump.

MitchFlorida on May 1, 2011 at 10:17 PM

saw this on a link from google…maybe?

Originally posted by sirric
Received Alert email from my source that FORPROCON Bravo is being set at US military bases around the US. No further info at this time.

FYI
The levels are A, the least, through D, the most strict.

FORCE Protection Condition Bravo, A level of increasing security precautions taken to combat possible security or terrorism act to military bases.

sandlin71 on May 1, 2011 at 10:17 PM

Geraldo doesn’t want to scare anyone at home, but he will anyway. That’s integrity.

Philly on May 1, 2011 at 10:17 PM

Anyone heard from Biden lately?
BlueStateBlues on May 1, 2011 at 10:07 PM

Didn’t even think of Biden. Hope he’s alright.

nickj116 on May 1, 2011 at 10:18 PM

This has to do with Libya and likely sleeper cells being activated within CONUS it seems like.

astonerii on May 1, 2011 at 10:18 PM

He’s going up against Celebrity Apprentice, LOL

ladyingray on May 1, 2011 at 10:18 PM

Okay, OKAY!!

I heard from a source close to the President that he’s going to announce a list of names of people who his administration has evidence that these people are enemies of the people and are going to be immediately arrested and tried for treason and sedition. I only recieved a partial list of names from my inside source before their transmission was mysteriously terminated.

1) Donald Trump.
2) Sarah Palin.
3) Mark Levin.
4) Mark Steyn.
5) Rush Limbaugh.
6) Shawn Hannity.
7) Michelle Bachmann.

I’ll post more if my source gets back to me.

That is all!

Mahdi on May 1, 2011 at 10:18 PM

Please, oh please, don’t let him have pushed the wrong button!

ElectricPhase on May 1, 2011 at 10:18 PM

Ground troops is my guess. Hope I`m wrong.

ThePrez on May 1, 2011 at 10:16 PM

Best guess.

The USS Bataan should have arrived by now.

Rebar on May 1, 2011 at 10:18 PM

FORCE Protection Condition Bravo, A level of increasing security precautions taken to combat possible security or terrorism act to military bases.

sandlin71 on May 1, 2011 at 10:17 PM

Has there been an attack?

sharrukin on May 1, 2011 at 10:18 PM

Maybe some “Trumped” up charges against Qaddafi that he is going to attack US interests, so now we are at War with Libya?

WoosterOh on May 1, 2011 at 10:19 PM

He’s resigning. You heard here first.

TheBigOldDog on May 1, 2011 at 10:09 PM

aaaahhhhhh! to good to be true

poppieseeds on May 1, 2011 at 10:13 PM

He is resigning the Presidency (that’s the good news) but appointing himself Emperor for Life.

HalJordan on May 1, 2011 at 10:19 PM

He hit a hole in 1.

Steve Z on May 1, 2011 at 10:19 PM

Fox is got the Libyain angle a going!!

I do hope,that Hopey does not come out,stating
how regrettable the bombing of Gaddflys family
was!

canopfor on May 1, 2011 at 10:19 PM

My local Fox station just interrupted the 10 pm news to say Obama would be making a statement at 10:30. That’s all.

Wethal on May 1, 2011 at 10:19 PM

http://twitter.com/#!/latimes

Paul-Cincy on May 1, 2011 at 10:19 PM

Anyone have a live feed?

sharrukin on May 1, 2011 at 10:19 PM

Obama is desperate to pre-empt Celebrity Apprentice, to ruin its ratings and damage Trump.

MitchFlorida on May 1, 2011 at 10:17 PM

Ding ding ding ding!

Philly on May 1, 2011 at 10:19 PM

Obama is going to come out of the “Closet”!!(sarc)

canopfor on May 1, 2011 at 10:20 PM

Maybe some “Trumped” up charges against Qaddafi that he is going to attack US interests, so now we are at War with Libya?

WoosterOh on May 1, 2011 at 10:19 PM

that may be it.

Or Joe Biden died under mysterious circumstances and he is appointing Hillary VP.

HalJordan on May 1, 2011 at 10:20 PM

Okay the fox guy is predicting Gadafi’s killed.

If he scared us like this so he could crow about killing Gadafi, when the express postion is not to kill him or are we killing him this week?

Gadfi isn’t Bin Laden.

I’m going to be mad!

petunia on May 1, 2011 at 10:20 PM

Hoping for Qaddafi being greased.

Red Cloud on May 1, 2011 at 10:20 PM

tip; national security is the issue.

Hoping it is Syria, betting it is Libya

ace tomato on May 1, 2011 at 10:20 PM

One thing is for sure, if you work on a base it’ll be slower getting on tomorrow.

Pythagoras on May 1, 2011 at 10:20 PM

Yawn…

There is nothing Obama could say, in a prepared speech scheduled for a bit later, that could possibly interest me.

F15Mech on May 1, 2011 at 10:20 PM

F*** this, I quit???? No. We could never be that lucky.

Southernblogger on May 1, 2011 at 10:20 PM

Link to bases under condition Bravo (Jacksonville News)

Y-not on May 1, 2011 at 10:20 PM

I hate to cynical, but it’s probably wagging the dog for the election. I hope that’s all it is, may God protect this country that Obozo is trying so hard to destroy.

Tim Zank on May 1, 2011 at 10:21 PM

All right, folks, you’ll have to get set up quick, but here are the rules: every time he says the words “Now, there are those” you take a shot. When he says “Let me be clear” you take two shots. For every “we are indeed at war,” you must open the nearest window and shout “Argle!” as loud as you can. Got it? T minus 10 and counting!

cynccook on May 1, 2011 at 10:21 PM

Obama is going to come out of the “Closet”!!(sarc)

canopfor on May 1, 2011 at 10:20 PM

Well it must be pretty dark in there.

Oh, that closet. Never mind.

ElectricPhase on May 1, 2011 at 10:21 PM

He’ll be interrupting my viewing of The Killing.

Drama Queen.

Maybe Trump has the goods on him after all, so he’s fessing up. The birthers were right.

BuckeyeSam on May 1, 2011 at 10:21 PM

Obama is desperate to pre-empt Celebrity Apprentice, to ruin its ratings and damage Trump.

MitchFlorida on May 1, 2011 at 10:17 PM

This.

Knucklehead on May 1, 2011 at 10:22 PM

Prayers ascending for our Best and Brightest in Harm’s Way and those of us coping with this would-be comedian at home.

kingsjester on May 1, 2011 at 10:22 PM

Anyone have a live feed?

sharrukin on May 1, 2011 at 10:19 PM

Go to foxnews.com

cynccook on May 1, 2011 at 10:22 PM

NASA restored!

DrStock on May 1, 2011 at 10:22 PM

Obama resigns?

One can only hope, but that gives us Joe, Oh the Humanities.

Kini on May 1, 2011 at 10:22 PM

Obama will announce:

A. Our long political nightmare is over . . . will introduce President Biden.

B. He just shot a personal best at Shinnecock Hills.

C. He just discovered that some jokester at HI vital records sent him a Photo shopped/Adobe phony LFBC.

D. Mochelle is not fat; she is 8 months pregnant. Who knew?

E. He wants a Mulligan on his Obama Libyan Doctrine.

BigAlSouth on May 1, 2011 at 10:22 PM

FPCON NORMAL describes a situation of no current terrorist activity. The only security forces needed are enough to stop the everyday criminal, similar to civilian police forces.

FPCON ALPHA describes a situation where there is a small and general terrorist activity that is not predictable. However, agencies will inform personnel that there is a possible threat and standard security procedure review is conducted.

FPCON BRAVO describes a situation with somewhat predictable terrorist threat. Security measures taken by agency personnel may affect the activities of local law enforcement and the general public.

FPCON CHARLIE describes a situation when an instance occurs or when intelligence reports that there is terrorist activity imminent.

FPCON DELTA describes a situation when a terrorist attack is taking place or has just occurred. FPCON DELTA usually occurs only in the areas that are most vulnerable to or have been attacked. One example is the September 11, 2001 Attacks.

offroadaz on May 1, 2011 at 10:22 PM

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