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©


    May 5, 2012 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  2. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    @ Tori©:
    I'm not sure that was you, Tori (TORI©).
    Chile rellenos might have convinced me in the troll's posts above, and I don't believe that TORI doesn't speak some Spanish along with her French and Italian. She hasn't "come out" in German for us yet.
    Regarding my confirming bin Laden's opinion of Biden, I think that the real TORI also knows that too much clarity in writing can be a dangerous thing.
    "Smear the edges," an editor who inherited Maxwell Perkins's office told me once.

    May 5, 2012 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  3. dazzle ©

    @bobcat(iah) very good and I will add this to the list of employee excuses I hear every day. GM to you!

    May 5, 2012 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  4. bobcat (in a hat) ©

    Hmmm. Not too bad for a troll.

    Good Morning everyone. This is my first post today. It's been a while since I've been trolled. I was beginning to think they didn't care anymore.

    May 5, 2012 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  5. bobcat (in a hat) ©

    Crazy things to ponder on a Saturday morning.

    Do you think sheep know when you're pulling the wool over their eyes?
    Does the person who inventories sheep often fall asleep on the job?
    If a pig is sold to the pawn shop is it then called a ham-hock
    Why is it that the first thing we try to do after killing a pig is to cure it?

    May 5, 2012 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  6. Mary

    Yes, the oxyimorons abound don't they bobcat (in a hat) ©
    Good morning 🙂

    May 5, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat) ©

      Good Morning Mary. How are you today ?

      May 5, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mary

    @ bobcat (in a hat) ©, I think I'm falling in love with you! 😉 LMAO!!! Keep em coming PLEASE!

    May 5, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mary

    Just relaxing. I'm about to take a short walk. Where in the HECK are you getting this stuff?

    May 5, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  9. banasy©

    Good morning.
    Miss Tori is not posting on here, and won't be for a few months.
    Therefore, any post made by someone using her name is not her.

    May 5, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

      @ banasy:
      Thanks. I remembered her saying that, but I thought she might have dropped by, even with her name altered.

      May 5, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  10. banasy©


    (You did warn us!)

    May 5, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  11. chrissy


    May 5, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Hi, chrissy.
      Yes, really.
      If you want details, text dazzle or myself, as I do not want to put the reasons on this board.
      Miss Tori wrote a post detailing why last week.

      May 5, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  12. saywhat

    @ Hide Behind

    Much needed thought of the day. Especially "those who want to run your reality play their own games". Thanks.
    good morning everyone.

    May 5, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  13. saywhat

    Not heeding @ Hide Behind's very apt post, I must say this.
    The comments about Biden though stemming from a source despised all over, are sadly reflective of a rather global perception.

    May 5, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |

    .... * gurgle *

    May 5, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  15. banasy©

    Lol, Rawr.
    I do so appreciate your jokes!

    May 5, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
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