Osama bin Laden once warned al Qaeda not to target Joe Biden because he believed that his inheriting the presidency if something were to happen to Barack Obama would “lead the US into a crisis,” a resurfaced letter shows.
In the letter dated May 2010, the al Qaeda 9/11 mastermind wrote he had no assassination plots against Biden because he deemed him “totally unprepared” to lead the United States.
Instead, bin Laden urged his followers to be on the lookout for then-President Obama.
He told them there was a high priority to target aircrafts belonging to Obama and then-CIA director David Petraeus.
“They are not to target visits by US Vice President Biden. The groups will remain on the lookout for Obama or Petraeus,” bin Laden wrote.
“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.”
The letter was uncovered in a treasure-trove of documents found in the terrorist’s Pakistan hideout after he was killed by US forces in a raid on May 2, 2011.
The documents, penned between 2006 and 2011, are publicly available through West Point’s Combating Terrorism Center.
Bid Laden’s criticism of Biden has resurfaced amid the botched withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan and the Taliban takeover.
It comes as Biden on Friday delayed for at least a day plans to relax at his home in Delaware as tens of thousands of American and Afghan citizens remain stranded in Kabul.