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Bin Laden’s secret plan to destroy America: Make Joe Biden president

Image Credit: Official U.S. Navy Imagery (Flickr) (CC BY 2.0)

Image Credit: Official U.S. Navy Imagery (Flickr) (CC BY 2.0)

In his new book, The Finish: The Killing of Osama Bin Laden, author Mark Bowden reveals Osama bin Laden’s secret plot to destroy America: Kill Obama and make Joe Biden have to assume the presidency.

Bowden quotes from a letter bin Laden sent to Atiyah Abd al-Rahman, his third in command, in which he calls on al Qaeda to target Obama or Petraeus during their visits to Afghanistan and Pakistan, but urges them not to target Biden — because if Obama were killed, Biden would be thrust into the presidency and “Biden is totally unprepared for that post.”

Bin Laden wrote:

“I asked Sheik Sa’id, Allah have mercy on his soul, to task brother Ilyas to prepare two groups—one in Pakistan and the other in the Bagram area of Afghanistan—with the mission of anticipating and spotting the visits of Obama or Petraeus to Afghanistan or Pakistan to target the aircraft of either one of them… They are not to target visits by U.S. Vice President Biden, Secretary of Defense [Robert] Gates, Joint Chiefs of Staff (Chairman) [Michael] Mullen, or the Special Envoy to Pakistan and Afghanistan [Richard] Holbrooke. The groups will remain on the lookout for Obama or Petraeus. The reason for concentrating on them is that Obama is the head of infidelity and killing him will automatically make Biden take over the presidency for the remainder of the term, as it is the norm over there. Biden is totally unprepared for that post, which will lead the United States into a crisis” (emphasis added).

Bowden cites this as an example of how sitting in his Abbottabad hideout, bin Laden “had become the crazy officer waving his sword and rallying depleted troops to run headlong into withering fire” on “missions that were wildly unrealistic, even screwy.”

So was this a real al Qaeda plot, or just some bin Laden malarkey? You be the judge.

4 thoughts on “Bin Laden’s secret plan to destroy America: Make Joe Biden president

  1. Crazier still was his plot to populate phony “think tanks” with numb skulls and parrots.

    It’s in my next book: “The AEI- On the Origins of the Specious.”

    • Yes, because we all know how intelligent, capable, honest, trustworthy, and talented Joe Biden is–must be right-wing speciousness….

      Any intelligent person understands that Biden is Obama’s own insurance policy against the impeachment he so richly deserves. It doesn’t take a genius to realize that Biden as president is as scary a prospect as Charlie Sheen, although Sheen usually makes more sense.

  2. People criticizing AEI for posting this piece are missing the point – Osama’s rant merely confirms the Osama Bin Elvis argument – that Bin Laden was not the mastermind of international terrorism so often portrayed but was just a spoiled Saudi rich kid playing terrorist.

    Al Qaida – the real Al Qaida waging war against the West – was always the typical terrorist group – a mercenary army of other states (like Saddam Hussein’s Iraq and Ayatollah-led Iran).

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