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Bin Laden Planned Obama Assassination

In the months before his death, Osama bin Laden planned assassinations of President Obama, General Petraeus, and other U.S. officials, while also considering changing the name of al Qaeda due to “disaster after disaster." John Brennan, President Obama’s top counterterrorism official, said the documents found in the raid that killed bin Laden showed that he felt the terrorism network had become a “shadow” of its former self and its core leadership would soon be “no longer relevant.” Meanwhile, Obama and Mitt Romney traded barbs on Obama’s ordering of the high-stakes, late-night raid on bin Laden’s Abbottabad compound, which Romney said “even Jimmy Carter” would have ordered. Obama cited a 2007 speech in which Romney said, “It’s not worth moving heaven and earth, spending billions of dollars just trying to catch one person.”

May 1, 2012 7:15 AM