Fox News Sunday Snippets: May 8, 2011
National Security adviser Tom Donilon joins "Fox News Sunday" to talk about what has been learned from the operation to take down Usama bin Laden, as well as what the way forward in Afghanistan, Pakistan and other hot spots looks like. Then, former Vice President Dick Cheney gives his insights into thedecade-plus long effort toget the world's most wanted terrorist.
A look at what we are reading this morning to prepare for the show.
Pakistan still holding bin Laden's wives, children - Associated Press
Pakistan's foreign ministry says government officials are still holding the wives and children of Osama bin Laden for questioning and that so far, no country has sought their extradition. Pakistan gained custody of bin Laden's three wives and eight children on Monday after a covert U.S. operation killed the al-Qaida chief at his hideout in the northwestern city of Abbottabad. Among them was bin Laden's Yemeni-born wife, Amal Ahmed Abdullfattah. She has told Pakistani investigators that she moved to the home in 2006 and never left the compound. On Sunday, a Pakistan foreign ministry spokeswoman, Tahmina Janjua, said that neither Yemen or any other country had asked for the extradition of bin Laden's relatives.
Bin Laden's likely successor is a divisive digure - Washington Post
A week after the death of Osama bin Laden, al-Qaeda still has not publicly anointed a successor, and the most likely heir apparent could prove to be a divisive figure within the terrorist network. U.S. counterterrorism officials and analysts said they expected that Ayman al-Zawahiri, an Egyptian surgeon and bin Ladens longtime deputy, would take over as al-Qaedas emir, or paramount leader. But they added that his ascendance was not guaranteed, pointing to a statement released Friday by al-Qaedas general command that acknowledged bin Ladens demise but gave no hint of who was in charge.
In finding Osama bin Laden, CIA soars from distress to success - Los Angeles Times
The first CIA officers who rushed to Afghanistan to find Osama bin Laden after the terrorist attacks of 2001 had to buy field gear at an REI camping goods store in Virginia. Some flew in on rickety, former Soviet helicopters. A few rode horses. What a difference a decade makes. Thanks to U.S. intelligence, the Navy SEALs who killed Bin Laden last Monday swept into Pakistan on nearly silent, secret stealth helicopters. The assault team had practiced in Afghanistan on a full-scale mock-up of the maze-like compound. From satellite photos, they knew where the occupants hung their laundry and burned their trash. Spies at a nearby safe house had helped count the women and children inside. CIA analysts knew a tall man strode the dirt courtyard, but the suspect they dubbed "the Pacer" never left the prison-like walls.
Bin Laden raid reveals another elusive target: a stealth helicopter - Los Angeles Times
When a U.S. military helicopter was destroyed in the backyard of Osama bin Laden's compound, it left not only a pile of smoldering wreckage but tantalizing evidence of a secret stealth chopper. The quest for a helicopter that can slip behind enemy lines without being heard or detected by radar has been the Holy Grail of military aviation for decades and until this week nobody had thought such a craft existed. But aviation experts are now convinced that the Pentagon may have developed such an aircraft. They say the U.S. military went to extraordinary lengths to protect its new technology by destroying a helicopter that had been damaged in the raid, either during the initial landing or in the subsequent evacuation.
Hundreds of troops backed by at least seven tanks stormed a city on Syrias Mediterranean coast before dawn on Saturday, cutting electricity and phone lines and besieging neighborhoods in a locale that has emerged as one of the most restive in the seven-week uprising, opposition groups and human rights activists said. The militarys move against Baniyas, a predominantly Sunni Muslim city that witnessed some of the largest protests in nationwide demonstrations a day earlier, was another signal that the Syrian government was determined to crush by force dissent that has posed a sweeping challenge to President Bashar al-Assads 11-year rule.
GOP finding it hard to make progress - Los Angeles Times
Republicans struggle to appease the right and appeal to the center, resulting in fits and starts in the party's agenda. Their retreat on Medicare is a prime example. For Republicans, the predicament highlights the difficulty of translating campaign idealism into governing principles, a lesson often cited by President Obama and his supporters. But conservatives who oppose compromise are adding to the Republican difficulties. The problem was underscored last week when Republicans bowed to political realities on their signature issue of entitlement reform, acknowledging that a plan to overhaul and eventually privatize Medicare would not advance anytime soon, and would not be part of a deal with the White House to raise the government's borrowing limit. Democrats have attacked the Medicare proposal, and polls have shown formidable public disapproval of it. Many Republican lawmakers ran into a wall of voter opposition during a congressional spring recess.
Big G.O.P Donors Adopt Wait-and-See 2012 Track - New York Times
The vaunted Republican network of high-dollar donors and fund-raisers, for so long a fear factor for Democrats, has been slow to commit itself to the 2012 presidential candidates, contributing to the faltering start of the partys drive to unseat President Obama. So far, only former Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts has assembled a strong bench of the top Republican financiers. Scores of other fund-raisers remain unaligned, waiting with their money and contact lists in their pockets as prospective candidates bombard them with phone calls, e-mails and in-person visits around the nation.
Gas prices expected to drop 50 cents by summer - Associated Press
Several factors combined this week to stem the rapid rise in gasoline prices and analysts say they should gradually start going the other way. By summer, they could be down as much as 50 cents a gallon, but experts warn that the drops won't happen quickly. Oil, which is used to make gasoline, has tumbled 15 percent in price. Investors who were worried about rising oil supplies and falling demand in the United States helped drive down the price as did a stronger dollar. It could provide some relief to drivers from suffocating gas prices and it might help lift consumer spending, which powers about 70 percent of the economy. A 50-cent drop in prices would save U.S. drivers about $189 million a day. Typically, gas prices peak each spring, then fall into a summertime swoon that can last several weeks.