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Rush Limbaugh has an interesting theory about the May 2, 2011, killing of Obama bin Laden. On his radio show Wednesday, the conservative pundit stated that al Qaeda may have allowed bin Laden to be killed in order to make Barack Obama look good.

According to Limbaugh, the al Qaeda leadership increasingly saw Osama bin Laden as irrelevant and fed the United States information that led to his capture. This was done not to solidify power among other members of the terrorist cell, Limbaugh says, but with the express purpose of making Barack Obama look good to Americans.

"What if Ayman al-Zawahiri gave up Osama bin Laden for the express purpose of making Obama look good? Giving Obama stature, political capital?" Limbaugh asked on the air Wednesday.

"Al Qaeda was not depending on Osama bin Laden for operational leadership," Limbaugh said. "His day had come and gone."

And so, according to Limbaugh's theory, once bin Laden was out of the way, Obama would be re-elected, leading to a weakening relationship with Israel. This would allow al Qaeda to achieve "what they want more than anything in the world," the destruction of Israel.

"Let me put it to you this way," he said. "Do you think that militant Islamists will be as hopeful of getting rid of Israel with a Republican president or with a Democrat president?"

Limbaugh admitted that this thought was simply a "wild theory" and that he was "just thinking off the top of my head."

Of course, this theory of Limbaugh's comes under the assumption that Obama and the Israeli government are fundamentally opposed to each other. While Obama has stated that he will not join in an Israeli attack on Iranian nuclear installations, otherwise, relationships between the two countries are fine.

In fact, in July, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Obama was the most supportive president ever to Israel in matters of national security.

"I think that from my point of view as defense minister they are extremely good, extremely deep and profound. I can see long years, um, administrations of both sides of political aisle deeply supporting the State of Israel and I believe that reflects a profound feeling among the American people," Barak said in an interview with CNN. "But I should tell you honestly that this administration under President Obama is doing in regard to our security more than anything that I can remember in the past."

Listen to Limbaugh's statements below, courtesy of