Overheard on CNN.com: Bin Laden's less-than-flattering assessment of Biden
Readers debated Osama bin Laden's comments about Vice President Joe Biden in recently released letters.
May 4th, 2012
07:51 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Bin Laden's less-than-flattering assessment of Biden

Editor's note: This post is part of the Overheard on CNN.com series, a regular feature that examines interesting comments and thought-provoking conversations posted by the community.

After the release of several Osama bin Laden documents, CNN took a look at the documents and asked readers to share their thoughts. CNN posted analysis on the Security Clearance blog, and we featured some of the comments:

Readers' fiery reaction to bin Laden letters

One of the more interesting conversations that emerged (among many, many topics) was about a remark that bin Laden made about Vice President Joe Biden.

Bin Laden said he wanted to kill President Barack Obama and Gen. David Petraeus. But Vice President Joseph Biden should not be attacked, he instructed. "Biden is totally unprepared for that post." If Obama were killed and Biden took control of the White House, bin Laden wrote, it would "lead the U.S. into a crisis." If Petraeus were killed, he reasoned, it would alter the course of the war.

Bin Laden's letters reveal a terrorist losing control

Readers talked about Biden. Many said they sort of agreed with bin Laden's assessment, albeit reluctantly.

toadears: "Wow. Scary to think that even this nut job knew Biden wasn't a good choice."

Others didn't see things that way.

Bill Pranty: "Actually, Biden's foreign policy experience would have served him well. Especially compared to the Texas Cowboy (George W. Bush), who ceded the presidency to Dick Cheney."

Just a bit of humor for some.

Mark Stouten: "I'm not going to agree or disagree with his view of Biden. But still, I think his opinion of him was hilarious."

A few jabs at Biden were delivered.

texdoc78154: "The second to the last paragraph of the story cracks me up. Biden said don't go. It turns out that OBL had in his (directions) not to kill Biden because he was so ineffectual at his job, and he would make a terrible president! OBL was right!"

But some like Biden.

NewMexico763: "Biden is a good vice president. You and all the other bashers just have to complain about something. Obviously, your lot in life is so bad that you have to blame someone. Why not blame (the president) and Biden. Great job in taking sides with OBL and his views."

One reader said they didn't think the United States could ever be led into a crisis the way bin Laden thinks.

Kamikaze74: "This is why this guy and many others do not understand U.S. citizens. We don't care. If the president was killed by al Qaeda today I would go to work tomorrow and have to be reminded again that our president was killed. Americans are just not affected emotionally when we lose leaders the way these Middle East leaders think. Now blow up a day care center and you're got serious problems."

Another said Biden has not impressed anyone.

hi12345: "Strange thing is liberals, conservatives and Osama all agree that Biden is not ready for a leadership role."

But this person said they thought bin Laden was underestimating Americans' ability to pull themselves together.

ThisGADude: "I love how Osama bin Laden and his (ilk) believe the rest of the world is as black and white as theirs is. If Obama would have been assassinated, the U.S. population would have rallied and united behind Biden and our military in a way that hasn't been seen since the 1940s. We disagree on policy; there is no lack of nationhood. Stupid terrorist."

What do you think about the documents and bin Laden's assessments? Share your opinion in the comments area below and in the latest stories on CNN.com. Or sound off on video via CNN iReport.

Compiled by the CNN.com moderation staff. Some comments edited for length or clarity.

soundoff (42 Responses)
  1. banasy©

    I cannot believe that they deleted HIDE BEHIN'S wonderful post.
    C'mon, now.....

    May 5, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  2. **cosmicVox *

    ...That seems to be happening a lot here lately and yet most of the crummy and stupid stuff gets left up. Who's in charge of this Truck Stop anyway ?

    May 5, 2012 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Donald in CA

    Well, i guess Biden got the last laugh. Careful what you wish for.

    May 5, 2012 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    May 5 2000
    "On May 5 of the year 2000, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn will be aligned with the earth for the first time in 6,000 years. On that day the ice buildup at the South Pole will upset the earth's axis, sending trillions of tons of ice in the water sweeping over the surface of our planet."
    And the same people buying into this crap, provide slush for "green industry" destined for bankruptcy, want free contraception distribution in lieu of your tax dollars, have the federal budget for the next 2 years already spent, because it's not thier personal income paying fore it.

    May 5, 2012 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Bush II

    Bush took it in the hole. Fact. Look it up.

    May 6, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  6. DSO

    So what we actually have here is brilliant strategy for ensuring terrorists don't seek to take out both the POTUS and VPOTUS. I wonder if Mitt Romney is paying attention.

    May 6, 2012 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  7. hamsta

    Thats because biden thinks its ok for a man to play housewife and likes to come the wrong way down a one way street.bin laden was just counting on god destroying america for the same reason that he destroyed sodom and gammorha.

    May 6, 2012 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
  8. plezbo

    As a Republican who is extremely unhappy with this administration, President Obama, and Vice President Biden, I can still say, that if the President were assassinated by a foreign plot, I would set aside my differences in Philosophy and take up the banner behind newly President Biden. Let me say that this is NOT an outcome or reality that I wish to be faced with as I do not believe that Biden is President material, but if you attack an American President (physically), then you attack America. I believe that you would see unity in this country unlike anything since World War II, while we as Americans have vastly different view points, we are, and never have been a people to shrink in the face of attack, or adversity. The worst thing that bin laden could have done would have been assassinating an American President, the next President would have carte blanche to dismantle al Qaeda however he saw fit, whether it be carpet bombing Waziristan or launching a strategic Nuclear attack, the results would have been disasterous for usama. Instead, he took a bullet to the face and died like the rat that he was in his protected abode while his followers suffer and die in the Mountains of Afghanistan. Some great leader, burn in hell usama, burn in hell.

    May 8, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
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