According to a letter dated May 2010, 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden warned al Qaeda not to target then-vice president Joe Biden because he believed that if Biden inherited the presidency then he would “lead the US into a crisis.” You don’t have to say that twice.
The 45-page letter was uncovered in a chest of documents found in bin Laden’s Pakistan hideout after he was killed. The documents are penned from 2006-2011 and publicly available through West Point’s Combating Terrorism Center. The letters are making their way to the surface after President Joe Biden’s disastrous withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan. This led the Taliban to take over the country in the course of a single weekend.
Bin Laden warned al Qaeda in the letter to be on the lookout for former president Barack Obama and told him it was “high priority” that they target aircraft belonging to him and then-CIA director David Petraeus. Bin Laden emphasized that Biden is “not to be targeted” during his visits and that the group should remain on the lookout for Obama and Petraeus.
“The reason for concentrating on them is that Obama is the head of infidelity and killing him automatically will 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 US into a crisis. As for Petraeus, he is the man of the house in this last year of the war, and killing him would alter the war’s path,” bin Laden wrote.
In other words, the terrorist who orchestrated 9/11 was hoping our current president would…become our current president. Between his moves on foreign policy, the border, and handling the pandemic, President Biden has led the US into a crisis indeed. His disastrous withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan (before arranging any travel arrangements for Americans out of the country) just topped the cake.
When digging deeper into the letters, critics pointed to several reasons why bin Laden wanted Joe Biden in the Oval Office. He advised Obama not to take out bin Laden in 2011, opposed the Gulf War, and politically flip-flopped on his support for the Iraq War for over a decade.
When asked in 2019 if Biden would make a good president, Obama’s Defense Secretary Robert Gates even said he “didn’t know” and pointed out how Biden has been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy decision and national security issue over the past four decades. He said they disagreed significantly on Afghanistan, along with many other issues, and that he did not have the “kind of energy” or “intellectual acuity” you might have had in your sixties. He said taking on that kind of responsibility at that point in your life seems “pretty daunting.” If it’s daunting for anyone, it’s the American people.
While President Biden insisted that the Taliban would not retake Afghanistan, he was wrong again. This time it has caught the media’s attention as Afghan allies and American citizens attempt to flee the country from its Taliban takeover. The handoff of Afghanistan back to the Taliban was a failure on Biden’s part and a warning to the rest.
Even bin Laden knew that a Biden presidency would put the country in hot water. He wanted to keep him alive. Not only is Biden prepared to “lead the US into a crisis,” he can’t even remember what he did ten minutes ago.