You have to be known as a particularly awful politician and particularly low-intelligence individual for someone like the world’s most infamous terrorist leader, Osama bin Laden, to believe you would be a terrible U.S. president. But that’s the case for Joe Biden, as a story from 2012 has resurfaced that indicates even the former FBI’s Most Wanted terrorist believed Biden would’ve been terrible for the U.S. were he to take office.
According to Breitbart News: “Osama bin Laden wanted to assassinate former President Barack Obama in the early 2010s as part of a plan to plunge the U.S. into crisis through the elevation of Joe Biden, whom the infamous terrorist leader believed was ‘totally unprepared’ to serve as commander-in-chief.”
The Washington Post first uncovered this plot back in 2012, and the plot to assassinate Obama was centered around shooting down Air Force One as the former POTUS toured Afghanistan with then-General David Petraeus. “Bin Laden briefed members of the war in Afghanistan, before being killed by U.S. forces in May 2011, according to documents seized from al-Qaeda’s compound,” according to Breitbart.
Bin Laden is said to have explained to his top lieutenants that “the reason is that Obama is the head of infidelity and killing him automatically will make Biden take over the presidency… Biden is totally unprepared for that post, which will lead the U.S. into a crisis.”
Bin Laden knew that Biden simply was not cut out for the job and knew that, if he were to take over as president, that would give al-Qaeda and other terrorist fighters in Afghanistan a bit more of an edge for reasons I will state in a moment.
Now, at the time of uncovering this plot, it was hardly a big deal to some people. The Obama White House was not particularly worried because, even though it was a plot to assassinate the president, they figured al-Qaeda lacked the resources to shoot down Air Force One. Of course, Air Force One is far more important than any other commercial aircraft and is suited for potentially dangerous targets. While plenty of the defensive parts of Air Force One are classified (for obvious reasons), some of the amenities feature electronic counter measures (ECM) to jam enemy radar and can eject flares if targeted by a heat-seeking missile.
So if that was the plot to assassinate Obama, it was almost certainly not going to work. However, that is not the point. I am glad that al-Qaeda never was able to assassinate Obama, and that plot was not going to work to that end, but the point is the reason for having put that plan together in the first place.
Bin Laden fully believed that, if Joe Biden became the President of the United States, it would lead the country into a crisis and allow for al-Qaeda to get a fighting edge over such an incompetent commander-in-chief. Even though Biden tries to argue that he would be a great president when it comes to foreign matters, military officers who have worked with the Obama White House note how utterly inadequate Joe Biden was even when he had the opportunity to lead (to an extent) as Vice President.
Former Department of Defense secretary Robert Gates, who worked for both the Bush and Obama administrations, said in a May 2019 interview with CBS’ “Face the Nation” that he stood by statements he made in a memoir recalling that Biden had “been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades.”
When asked by the show’s host, Margaret Brennan, if Biden had the ability to “be an effective commander-in-chief,” Gates responded by saying: “I don’t know, I don’t know. I stand by that statement. He and I agreed on some key issues in the Obama administration, we disagreed significantly on Afghanistan and some other issues.”
“I think that the vice president has some issues with the military, so how he would get along with the senior military and what that relationship would be… I just think it would depend on the personalities at the time,” Gates continued.
Trump’s former Defense Secretary James Mattis was also critical of Joe Biden in his own memoir, saying that Biden “exuded the confidence of a man whose mind was made up, perhaps even indifferent to considering the consequences were he judging the situation incorrectly.”
This is all significant because Joe Biden advised Obama not to launch the raid on bin Laden’s compound, which resulted in the terrorist leader’s death (and Obama boasting about it as though he killed the guy himself), because he felt the risks were “too high”. Biden was so afraid of what raiding the bin Laden compound would lead to that, were he president at the time, he wouldn’t have greenlit the raid on bin Laden’s compound.
This, among other reasons, are why bin Laden felt confident that Joe Biden would’ve been a disaster for the U.S. as its commander-in-chief. When even the leader of a terrorist organization believed Biden would have led the U.S. into a crisis, at least when it came to the war in Afghanistan, how can anyone confidently say that he would make a good POTUS in general?
Now, of course, the idea most likely is that Biden won’t serve his full term and that whomever he picks as his running-mate, were he to beat Trump in the November elections, would have to almost immediately take the reigns as President of the United States. It’s probably for this reason that the sad and pathetic loser from Georgia’s gubernatorial elections in 2018, Stacey Abrams, is campaigning to be Biden’s VP. No one campaigns to be someone’s second place, unless they thought the first-place guy wouldn’t be around for long.
However, Biden will have to make the campaign about himself and will have to get people to vote for HIM. I don’t know how effective a strategy it would be to go for “vote for me to get in, but I will leave pretty much the day after I get inaugurated, so basically, vote for the VP.”
That, in combination with Biden’s heavily-documented mental decline and his clear love and admiration for, not to mention ties with, China, makes for someone that I don’t know if many people outside the Democrat Party would be willing to support.
Hardcore Democrats undoubtedly will (as will around 80% of Bernie’s supporters, but as I have noted in the past, that likely wouldn’t be enough) and NeverTrump Republicans like Romney, Flake and Meghan McCain also will support him, but will Independents? Will a sufficient number of Democrats who question his mental capabilities support him? Have some NeverTrumpers of the 2016 election come around to at the very least voting for Trump, if not necessarily liking and supporting him?
Biden has a lot of negatives going for himself and he would be thoroughly thrashed by Trump in a debate. The guy can’t even formulate complete sentences at this point, how is he supposed to debate a guy who will pull zero punches?
But regardless, you know the Democrats have found a disaster of a presidential candidate when OSAMA BIN LADEN thought he would be terrible as POTUS. And keep in mind, this was a Biden of roughly a decade ago. He has gotten MUCH worse since then.
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