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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.
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