The Iranian Plot

Busy day, but I’ll put up a quick post on this:

FBI and DEA agents have disrupted a plot to commit a “significant terrorist act in the United States” tied to Iran, federal officials told ABC News today.

The officials said the plot included the assassination of the Saudi Arabian ambassador to the United States, Adel Al-Jubeir, with a bomb and subsequent bomb attacks on the Saudi and Israeli embassies in Washington, D.C. Bombings of the Saudi and Israeli embassies in Buenos Aires, Argentina, were also discussed, according to the U.S. officials.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said in an announcement today that the plan was “conceived, sponsored and was directed from Iran” by a faction of the government and called it a “flagrant” violation of U.S. and international law.

This is developing very rapidly. I’m a bit skeptical since Iran has never done anything like this before. If they wanted to hit Israel or Saudi Arabia, they have Hezbollah for that. It’s not clear what exactly went on here — whether the Iranian leadership was involved or if this was a rogue Quds element. If the former, this could be construed as an act of war.

I suspect that this will be downplayed whether it was an official act or not. Our armed forces are spread to thin for a military response to Iran. But hang on to your hats.

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  1. Poosh

    An expert type on Sky News said it’s unlikely Iran would attempt an assassination directly, they would use a proxy and they tend to assassinate dissidents (which they did at leisure until recently). He suggested it was “rogue” factions within the Iranian government.

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  2. Seattle Outcast

    The Iranian government is something of a mess to comprehend. The president is so far down the pecking order that his title should be more along the lines of “Press Secretary – Ministry of Propaganda”. I’madinnerjacket has no actual power – a council of clerics actually runs the country.

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  3. AlexInCT

    I’m a bit skeptical since Iran has never done anything like this before.

    Actually Iran has been doing things just like this for the past 3 decades, but they have so far had the common sense to avoid doing anything stupid on our soil. Remember Buenos Aires? Iran has been at war with us since 1979 as well. Like the other Islamic terrorists we just have been pretending this isn’t so. That they are trying to kill someone the don’t like in the US tells me that they either think the current band of morons in charge are too pussy to do anything back to them, and from the current reaction – especially the timing, considering Holder is about to be fed a subpoena for his role in Fast & Furious – I think Iran is dead on in that assessment, or that they will profit from whatever minimal action is taken.

    As much as I would like to believe Holder and his gang are making this up to deflect from their coming trouble, I don’t consider them cleve rneough to get away with it, and Iran defenitely capable and crazy enought to try somthing like this. I wonder if any assholes will say this is about stealing oil from brwon people in this case however.

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  4. Mississippi Yankee

    This kerfuffle, if it can even be called that, does several things:

    1.) deflects attention from Solyndra, Fast and Furious ect.

    2.) because of it’s international ramification it has the potential to raise awareness and shine a favorable light on “her filthiness” Madame Secretary of State. Whom I believe will be on the 2012 ticket in the #2 position.

    3.) give Soros and friends an opportunity to reshuffle priorities @ OWS

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