A Highly Plausible Theory of Al Qaeda's Decline

Rush Limbaugh argues that a masked Muslim swapped Obama's birth certificate, parachuted out of a black helicopter, perched on a grassy knoll and shot Osama Bin Laden thus proving that the president is a Muslim:

What if Ayman al-Zawahiri and other al-Qaida leaders gave up Osama Bin Laden for the express purpose of making Obama look good? Giving Obama stature, political capital. Obama got Osama! I mean really, do you think al-Qaida depends on Osama Bin Laden any more, like it did?... So they give him him, they give away his location. We go in, SEAL Team 6, Obama puffs up... Keep him in power, furthers the cause... Do you think the militant Islamists will be as hopeful of getting rid of Israel with a Republican president or with a Democrat president? Just throwing it out there.

Yeah. "Just throwing it out there."
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Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent at The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues. He is the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle.

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