Skip to comments.Obama's Weakness Invited Iran's Plot
Posted on 10/14/2011 3:58:54 AM PDT by Kaslin
If the Iranian government doesn't frighten you, you haven't been paying attention. The regime in Iran has been killing Americans in Iraq and Afghanistan for many years and has sworn countless times in the past 30 years to preside over the destruction of the United States. If it wasn't for a lucky break, Washington D.C., this autumn, would have been the scene of a massive explosion detonated at a high-end restaurant, with scores and perhaps hundreds killed and maimed. The principal target of this terror attack was to be the Saudi ambassador to the United States, but as one of the plotters told another during the planning: "They want that guy (the ambassador) done (killed), if the hundred go with him f**k 'em." The FBI suggests that several U.S. senators are also known to frequent the restaurant.
This carnage was only one of several violent attacks Iran was planning to perpetrate on American soil. It seems safe to say that President Obama's outreach to the mullahs is not going well.
Some press reports have stressed the enmity between Iran and Saudi Arabia in attempting to explain this flagrant outrage. The U.S. attorney involved in the case, Preet Bharara, also stressed that angle saying, "Today's charges should make crystal clear that we will not let other countries use our soil as their battleground." But that misses a key point. This was an attack on the U.S. as well.
There are Saudi interests all over the globe. It's not an accident that they chose to strike in Washington, D.C. For the terrorists in Tehran, killing a Saudi ambassador in America's capital city would be a blow against two hated enemies at once. The murders would have happened under the noses of the great Satan, thus conveying Iran's contempt for everything we hold dear -- the sanctity of life, the rule of law, international norms regarding diplomacy and even the Geneva Convention, which forbids deliberate attacks on civilians. The criminals who run Iran have a particular fondness for gestures of contempt. Recall that in 1981, they chose to release our diplomats just as Ronald Reagan was taking the oath of office -- one last parting slap at Jimmy Carter.
The details of the thwarted attack read like a bad espionage novel. Mansour Arbabsiar, a naturalized American who was born in Iran, served as the middleman in a murder for hire plot. Directed by the Al Quds force, an arm of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, Arbabsiar approached a Mexican drug gang and offered them $1.5 million to carry out the attack in Washington. Arbabsiar did not know that his Mexican interlocutor was actually an American informant.
And so the plot unraveled. Arbabsiar was arrested on Sept. 29 at John F. Kennedy International Airport, and he has made a full confession. He has admitted that he was recruited, funded and directed by men he believed to be senior officials in Iran's Al Quds force.
This is the same Al Quds force that created and/or supports Hezbollah, Hamas, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad and the Mahdi army in Iraq. It is the same Al Quds force that is currently helping the regime of Bashar Al-Assad to brutally suppress the people of Syria who are demanding freedom. It is the same Al Quds force that is arming and supplying the Taliban in Afghanistan and providing $3 million a month to militias in Iraq.
The Al Quds force has a worldwide presence, including an active directorate in Venezuela and in the tri-border region of South America (where Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina meet), in the Magreb, in sub-Saharan Africa and throughout the Middle East. It cooperates with al-Qaida and has been involved in countless acts of terror against Americans including the murder of CIA officer William Buckley, the murder of Navy diver Robert Stethem, the killing of 241 Marines in Lebanon and the bombing of the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia, which killed 19 servicemen.
The Al Quds force is the beating heart of the Iranian regime, and that regime is barreling toward a nuclear weapon. Stopping it ought to be, but is not, the first foreign policy priority of the Obama administration. In fact, the administration has been slow walking even the sanctions it has reluctantly imposed.
Due to unfounded fears of weapons of mass destruction, many on the left protest that we fought an ill conceived war in Iraq -- maybe. But remember the follies of the last century. During World War I, the allies believed a great many lies about German atrocities. During World War II, the allies disbelieved a great many truths about German atrocities. A pendulum is a poor weathervane.
Obama And Iran - Wag The Dog?
Might This Blow Up in the Obamas Administrations Face?
Absolutely yes. If they were fooled by a fabricator, if revealing the case too soon (to stave off criticism of Attorney General Holder over the gun-smuggling case) damaged the chance of success in uncovering the terrorist network, or if the governments response is not equal to the crisis theyve developed, then the Obama administration will look worse.
This whole affair is extremely dangerous for the White House. Any idea that this is an easy win for the administration see how good we are at protecting America is dead wrong.
I think Barry Rubin needs to pay more attention to the writings of Michael Rubin.
Then they showed him making a speech about how he didn't think that talking to dictators would in any way hurt America's standing in the world, we have to reach out to world leaders etc.
That clip ( from 2009) along with one about the Iran plot would make a great 2012 campaign commercial.
I'm not sure what she is referring to. The Germans were brutes in WWI although not the psychopathic killers of WWII.
and the parallels to Jimmy Carter just continue to pile-up
This is a false flag and not even a very good one. How did Iran think killing a Saudi would be an effective attack on America? They didn’t.