Iran frankly ought be be a great big giant smoking radioactive lake right now.
But they know that the man who would make the decision to deal with them is a weakling.
OCTOBER 11, 2011, 5:54 P.M. ET.
U.S. Ties Iran to Plot to Kill Saudi Envoy
By EVAN PEREZ
WASHINGTON—U.S. authorities said Tuesday they had charged two men in an Iranian-directed plot to assassinate the Saudi Arabian ambassador to the U.S.
The alleged assassination plot would represent an escalation in the confrontation between mostly Shiite Iran and mostly Sunni Saudi Arabia, two longtime Middle East rivals. The charges are also a rare instance of Washington accusing Iranian groups of fomenting terrorism on U.S. soil.
Elements of the Iranian government were ready to spend $1.5 million to hire what they believed was a drug-cartel hit squad from Mexico, said U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.
Prosecutors filed several criminal charges against Manssor Arbabsiar, a 56-year-old naturalized U.S. citizen who holds Iranian and U.S. passports, and Gholam Shakuri, described as a member of a special-operations unit of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.
Mr. Holder said Mr. Arbabsiar and his Iran-based co-conspirators had been plotting to assassinate the Saudi ambassador since the spring.
A spokesman for Iran’s mission to the United Nations in New York said, “We categorically reject these baseless allegations.”
Mr. Arbabsiar was being held without bail following a court appearance Tuesday.
Arbabsiar’s court-appointed lawyer, Sabrina Shroff, made some medical requests in writing Tuesday, the Associated Press reported. Outside court, she said her client needed medication for high blood pressure.
Mr. Arbabsiar, who was arrested at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York on Sept. 29, has confessed to his involvement in the plot, while Mr. Shakuri remains at large, the Justice Department said.
Prosecutors allege that Mr. Arbabsiar approached a Drug Enforcement Administration informant earlier this year and held multiple meetings in Mexico over months with people he believed to be cartel members. In August, the plotters wired a $100,000 down payment to a U.S. government account in New York, the Justice Department said.
President Barack Obama was first briefed on the alleged plot in June and directed government agencies to support the investigation, officials said.
White House National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor said the disruption of the plot was “a significant achievement by our intelligence and law enforcement agencies.”
The Saudi embassy in Washington issued a brief statement condemning the alleged plot as “a despicable violation of international norms, standards and conventions.” Saudi officials believe the plot targeted the ambassador, Adel A. Al-Jubeir, because of his close ties to the king and his influential role in shaping Saudi policy.
According to a criminal complaint unsealed in New York, Mr. Arbabsiar told the U.S. informant that it would be better if the ambassador could be killed in a simple shooting, but that if the only way to do it was to blow up a restaurant full of people, it was “no big deal,” according to the complaint.
Mr. Arbabsiar was arrested by U.S. authorities during a layover at JFK after he was denied entry to Mexico, where he and the supposed hit squad had arranged to meet to finalize payment for the plot, the Justice Department said.
Mr. Arbabsiar agreed to cooperate with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. said. The complaint states he told agents he had been instructed by his handlers “to use the code word ‘Chevrolet’ when discussing the ambassador plot.”
The complaint also alleges that Mr. Arbabsiar negotiated plans with the undercover informant to conduct other attacks. A person familiar with the case said the attacks discussed were possible bombings of the Israeli embassies in Washington and Argentina.
According to investigators, Mr. Arbabsiar’s Iranian handlers were insistent that the ambassador be killed before any additional attacks.
After he was captured, Mr. Arbabsiar made a recorded phone call to Iran to the other man charged in the plot, Mr. Shakuri, in which prosecutors say Mr. Shakuri, using the code word for the operation, again gave the go-ahead to the attack on the ambassador.
“Just do it quickly, it’s late,” Mr. Shakuri allegedly said.
According to prosecutors, Mr. Arbabsiar told investigators he was recruited and directed by senior members of Iran’s Qods Force, which the U.S. described as a special-operations unit of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.
Tensions have risen this year between Saudi Arabia and Iran, which long have struggled for political dominance in the Mideast. During the “Arab Spring,” thousands of Bahraini citizens, the majority of whom are Shiite, protested against their ruler, a Sunni king who is favored by Riyadh.
Saudi Arabia deployed hundreds of troops to support the Bahraini king and accused Iran of backing the protests and trying to destabilize the region.
Saudi Arabia recently negotiated a $60 billion arms deal with the U.S., and it has said it would bulk up its armed forces.
A senior Saudi official in Riyadh said the government considers the alleged plot to be a “serious” escalation in Iran’s moves to try to destabilize the kingdom and the wider Middle East.
The Treasury Department said Tuesday it put five people under sanctions, including four senior Qods Force officers whom the U.S. connected to the alleged assassination plot. Americans are prohibited from engaging in transactions with the five people and any assets they may hold in the U.S. are frozen, Treasury said.
The senior Saudi official in Riyadh says one of the men listed on the Treasury sanctions list has been a person of interest to Riyadh for a long time. Saudi intelligence believes that Qasem Soleimani, whom U.S. officials say is a senior commander of the elite Iranian Qods Forces, is also responsible for the Iranian intelligence campaigns around the Arabian Gulf countries. Mr. Soleimani has played a role in destabilizing the oil-rich Gulf countries through domestic crime waves, establishing spy rings and disseminating anti-government propaganda in those places, the Saudi official said.
—Devlin Barrett, Adam Entous, Margaret Coker, Joe Lauria and Brent Kendall contributed to this article.
The same government that just tried to assasinate two ambassadors INSIDE the United States is actively trying to acquire nuclear weapons.
Allow me to replay just how pathetic a bunch of idiot demagogue fools every single key member of the Obama administration (including Obama himself) have been regarding the gigantic threat posed by Iran:
Democrats rip Bush’s Iran policy
Presidential candidates say a new intelligence report shows that the administration has been talking too tough.
By Scott Martelle and Robin Abcarian
December 05, 2007
Democratic presidential candidates teamed up during a National Public Radio debate here Tuesday to blast the Bush administration over its policy toward Iran, arguing that a new intelligence assessment proves that the administration has needlessly ratcheted up military rhetoric.
While the candidates differed somewhat over the level of threat Iran poses in the Mideast, most of them sought to liken the administration’s approach to Iran with its buildup to the war in Iraq.
“I vehemently disagree with the president that nothing’s changed and therefore nothing in American policy has to change,” said New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton. “We do know that pressure on Iran does have an effect. I think that is an important lesson.”
Delaware Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr., chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said the new intelligence report indicated that Iran dropped its program before international pressure came into play.
“It was like watching a rerun of his statements on Iraq five years earlier,” Biden said. “Iran is not a nuclear threat to the United States of America. Iran should be dealt with directly, with the rest of the world at our side. But we’ve made it more difficult now, because who is going to trust us?”
The debate was aired without a studio audience over NPR, live from the Iowa State Historical Museum. It covered Iran, China and immigration, offering the contenders a chance to delve more deeply into subjects that often receive less detailed debate treatment.
Clinton and Biden were joined by Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards, Connecticut Sen. Christopher J. Dodd, Ohio Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich, and former Alaska Sen. Mike Gravel.
New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson missed the debate to attend the funeral of Cpl. Clem Robert Boody in Independence, Iowa. Boody was a Korean War soldier whose remains Richardson had helped retrieve from North Korea earlier this year.
The National Intelligence Assessment report on Iran, released Monday, was the focus of the first third of the two-hour debate.
The assessment concluded that Iran halted its nuclear program in 2003 largely because of international pressure — reversing a conclusion made two years ago that the nation was aggressively pursuing nuclear weapons.
The Democrats used the issue to criticize each other as well as President Bush. Yet their own prescriptions for dealing with Iran are similar — and fairly close to the administration’s approach of increasing diplomatic and economic pressure to force Tehran to suspend enriching uranium that can be used for making nuclear weapons.
The leading Democratic candidates have differed over whether to negotiate directly with Iran. In a July debate, Obama said he would be willing to meet with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a position criticized by Clinton and others. But front-runners Clinton, Obama and Edwards have all said they would not rule out military action against Iran.
For their part, Republican candidates have said that the new intelligence estimate did not change their view of Iran as a major threat to the United States — a view also held by Bush.
In the Democrats’ debate Tuesday, the focus on foreign-policy issues gave Clinton a chance to bring up what many people believe was the high point of her eight years as first lady — her speech at the 1995 U.N. Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing. In it, she castigated China over its treatment of women, arguing that women’s rights could no longer be considered separate from human rights. The Chinese government blocked the speech from being heard within China.
As at the Black & Brown Forum here Saturday night, the debate did not provide any landscape-shifting moments. Exchanges among the candidates were polite — but also at times direct, particularly over the recent bill sponsored by Sens. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) that unofficially declared the Iranian Revolutionary Guard a terrorist organization.
Clinton was the only Democratic candidate to vote for the bill. When asked whether she thought the Revolutionary Guard were “proliferators of mass destruction,” she said “many of us believe that” and suggested that earlier comments by Obama and Edwards about Iran indicated that they did too.
Edwards and Obama responded that they believed Iran was a threat to stability in the Mideast but that the administration was moving toward an unnecessary war.
“What I believe is that this president, who, just a few weeks ago, was talking about World War III, he, the vice president, the neocons have been on a march to possible war with Iran for a long time,” Edwards said. “We know that they’ve prepared contingency plans for a military attack.”
Obama, who missed the Kyl-Lieberman vote in the Senate because he was campaigning in New Hampshire, also drew parallels to the Iraq war buildup.
Now, who was completely right, and just whose heads were so crammed full of cockroach feces that it is utterly unreal.
And then you’ve got the pathological malignent narcissist who was the worst member of the whole bunch of liberal idiots saying he would personally negotiate with the Iranian dictatorship getting elected president.
I cited that article above in one I wrote a year and a half ago about the fact that Hillary Clinton herself had basically concluded that Barack Obama was an abject dumbass whose policy regarding Iran was a completely failed shambles. But what did I know?
And Iran now knows that the Moron-in-Chief in Washington D.C. is a weak, cowardly, pontificating fool. And that Obama isn’t going to dare to do a damn thing that will make his liberal base upset, such as stand up for the United States of America against a nation of crazed jihadist nihilistic nutjobs.
The other utterly hillarious thing about this is that the Iranian government terrorists could easily have literally been using guns that BARACK OBAMA and ERIC HOLDER put into the hands of the drug cartels. Fast and Furious guns have already resulted in the murder of an American Border Patrol agent; what harm would an additional few dozen more have been?
The only reason this news was released is because the Obama administration is implicated in the Fast and Furious gunwalking fiasco up to its scrawny little pencil neck, and they were desperately looking for something to change the conversation. But instead let’s realize that the Iranian terrorists could easily have paid Mexican drug cartel operatives armed with Obama-Holder guns to kill even more Americans.
If you voted for Barack Obama, you voted for Iran to get nuclear weapons. You voted for a rogue terrorist state to grow more and more powerful until it started world war three and turned planet earth into a giant nuclear bloodbath.
And you’ll probably going to get what you voted for.