Iranian terror plot in US foiled

posted at 2:32 pm on October 11, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

The Department of Justice announced today that they have foiled an attempted terrorist attack — perhaps a wave of them — in the US.  This time, though, the plot didn’t originate with al-Qaeda, but instead with Iran:

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.

The stunning allegations come against a backdrop of longstanding tensions between Iran and the United States and Saudi Arabia. In the last year, Saudi Arabia has attempted to build an anti-Iran alliance to push back against perceived aggression by Iran in the region.

If true, would that not be an act of war?  We’re presently using drones in Pakistan and Yemen against al-Qaeda terrorist networks for plotting similar attacks, thanks to the AUMF from October 2001, even though we’re nominally allied with both nations.  If the government of Iran plotted attacks on American targets, that should require a response from the US, should it not — or do we send a signal that even attacks from actual nation-states fall under the rubric of law enforcement?

So far, it looks like the latter:

Arbabsiar and a second man, Gohlam Shakuri, an Iranian official, were named in a five-count criminal complaint filed Tuesday afternoon in federal court in New York. They were charged with conspiracy to kill a foreign official and conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction, a bomb, among other counts.

The complaint also refers to another Iranian official but does not name him.

If we’re charging an official of the Iranian government with complicity or worse in this plot, then it ceases to be a law enforcement issue and becomes a military and political issue instead.  This isn’t a case of espionage but of sabotage or worse, which would be an act of war by anyone’s definition.  If we’re not willing to respond in kind, we then send a signal to hostile nation-states around the world that attacks on the US are low-risk, high-reward affairs — and we’d better get ready for an avalanche of them.

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Whatever.

Remember the take Tillman stories and that J.I. soldier who escaped. After Saddam trying to get yellow cake in Niger and fake mobile weapons truck photos, I don’t take any of the new seriously. Lots of intelligence agencies, interest groups, and ideologues manipulating.

Spathi on October 11, 2011 at 3:07 PM

that should require a response from the US, should it not

Jimmy Carter did not respond to an Iranian act of war, why would you expect his photo negative to do it?

Kafir on October 11, 2011 at 3:08 PM

The timing wouldn’t reek so much if Holder had been flanked by Big Sis–at a minimum. Why wasn’t Homeland Security there as well?

INC on October 11, 2011 at 3:07 PM

and the STATE Department primary–Hillary herself, I mean, it was a Saudi diplomat (who happens to have relationships with the US State Department).

ted c on October 11, 2011 at 3:09 PM

Why didn’t Napolitano give the presser?

faraway on October 11, 2011 at 3:11 PM

I’d like for the Bush people to come out and tell everyone that they foiled these plots all the time but didn’t announce them for security reasons.

Vince on October 11, 2011 at 3:11 PM

Operation Eric Holder Needs Something Else To Talk About Besides F&F (so let’s all just be reasonable whydontcha?)

ted c on October 11, 2011 at 3:11 PM

The Iranian-American thought he was dealing with a member of the feared Zetas Mexican drug organization, according to agents.

dont taze me bro on October 11, 2011 at 2:43 PM

I guess he chose stupidly. If only he would have picked the Sinola gang he could have had the DEA and ATF lined up to help.

Lily on October 11, 2011 at 3:11 PM

Just how stupid is Ron Paul who still claims Iran is no enemy and deserves to have Nukes.

jp on October 11, 2011 at 3:12 PM

So F&F was a sting to flush out the Iranian plot to kill a Saudi Ambassador? /s

AH_C on October 11, 2011 at 3:13 PM

Why didn’t Napolitano give the presser?

faraway on October 11, 2011 at 3:11 PM

She’s probably filing briefs for the protection of NBPP in federal court…oh wait, that’s the AG’s job. What’s the difference anymore?

ted c on October 11, 2011 at 3:15 PM

This isn’t a case of espionage but of sabotage or worse, which would be an act of war by anyone’s definition.

Isn’t providing weapons to a criminal organization also an act of war? While I think so, what I can’t understand is why the Mexicans haven’t declared war on us?

Snake307 on October 11, 2011 at 3:15 PM

This couldn’t possibly be related to taking the heat off of “Fast and Furious” could it? No, Holder would never stoop to that (would he)?

duff65 on October 11, 2011 at 3:16 PM

Jimmy Carter did not respond to an Iranian act of war, why would you expect his photo negative to do it?

Kafir on October 11, 2011 at 3:08 PM

Remember all those Marines we lost in Beruit under The Gipper’s watch? What happened after?

a capella on October 11, 2011 at 3:16 PM

This isn’t a case of espionage but of sabotage or worse, which would be an act of war by anyone’s definition.

Anyone’s definition except the Obama administration…

pseudonominus on October 11, 2011 at 3:18 PM

So is Iran trying to yellow cake from Niger for his mobile missile labs?

Spathi on October 11, 2011 at 3:18 PM

This couldn’t possibly be related to taking the heat off of “Fast and Furious” could it? No, Holder would never stoop to that (would he)?

duff65 on October 11, 2011 at 3:16 PM

The better question is “What gives you any reason to believe anything that Eric Holder tells you?”…..Does he have any credibility whatsoever?

If your answers are nothing and nope, then the answer to your questions is yes and yes.

ted c on October 11, 2011 at 3:19 PM

The only uptick that President Obama has gotten in the last year is when Bin Laden got waxed. Now when his numbers are plummeting, the economy is still in the crapper, scandals are poping up like weeds in my pumpkin patch & suddenly he’s Mr. Badass McTerroristfighter again?

Color me suspicious.

29Victor on October 11, 2011 at 3:20 PM

If this is true, the carpet bombing should’ve already begun.

Midas on October 11, 2011 at 3:21 PM

Both this and the toy incident reek of deliberately contrived FBI stings to nail low level (and low IQ) plotters with doomed-from-the-start nothing capers-to boost both the department and its bosses. It’s like beating La.-Monroe in a football game and then taking credit for beating LSU.

MaiDee on October 11, 2011 at 3:21 PM

If this is true, the carpet bombing should’ve already begun.

Midas on October 11, 2011 at 3:21 PM

The carpets never attacked us!

/RP off

29Victor on October 11, 2011 at 3:23 PM

Why would the Iranians need help from a F&F drug cartel to find a bomb?

People, please.

faraway on October 11, 2011 at 3:23 PM

Don’t believe the hype again.

Fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can’t get fooled again.

Spathi on October 11, 2011 at 3:24 PM

I find it hard to believe the Iranians would be so stupid as to do this, unless they’re trying to go to war and provoke the hidden Imam into appearing. Iranians typically do not use actual officials to pull off this kind of attack, which makes me suspicious that this is some kind of Obama stunt.

NNtrancer on October 11, 2011 at 3:25 PM

For those asking if this is going to be put forth as the reason for Holder’s holding back on testimony re F & F, I’m fairly certain that Megan Kelly already alluded to that as fact. Apparently, Holder, et al, were “protecting” their super-double-top-secret informant posing as head of Mexican drug cartel. If Issa is on the level with his aggressive fact finding, he better be 1 step ahead of the Slippery Holder Injustice Truth Squad (S.H.I.T.S.)
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I am off to doublecheck her transcript or video…

NightmareOnKStreet on October 11, 2011 at 3:26 PM

For those asking if this is going to be put forth as the reason for Holder’s holding back on testimony re F & F, I’m fairly certain that Megan Kelly already alluded to that as fact.
NightmareOnKStreet on October 11, 2011 at 3:26 PM

Bingo.

petefrt on October 11, 2011 at 3:28 PM

Am I on DailyKos? When did we turn into this?

C’mon people. More answers will be coming. I understand distrust in the administration, but what about the agents/law enforcement on the ground? Are they in on it too?

Anyone jumping to conclusions about this, thinking it is and could only be wag the dog, is suffering from ODS. I urge you to look at the OWS kids and see what such _DS can result in. You must stop this path of madness now, or suffer the smelly, bongo-loving consequences.

MississippiMom on October 11, 2011 at 3:29 PM

Why would they meet in Mexico???

tarpon on October 11, 2011 at 3:29 PM

If true, would that not be an act of war?

As one of the RP cohort here; yes, if true, this is (unlike most of the acts of terror some have mislabled “acts of war”) a real-life, honest-to-goodness, act of war.

What poses a problem is the next question: What do we do about it?

JohnGalt23 on October 11, 2011 at 3:31 PM

I find it hard to believe the Iranians would be so stupid as to do this, unless they’re trying to go to war and provoke the hidden Imam into appearing. Iranians typically do not use actual officials to pull off this kind of attack, which makes me suspicious that this is some kind of Obama stunt.

NNtrancer on October 11, 2011 at 3:25 PM

LOL – this won’t provoke any war with the current US administration.

HondaV65 on October 11, 2011 at 3:34 PM

For those asking if this is going to be put forth as the reason for Holder’s holding back on testimony re F & F, I’m fairly certain that Megan Kelly already alluded to that as fact. Apparently, Holder, et al, were “protecting” their super-double-top-secret informant posing as head of Mexican drug cartel. If Issa is on the level with his aggressive fact finding, he better be 1 step ahead of the Slippery Holder Injustice Truth Squad (S.H.I.T.S.)
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NightmareOnKStreet on October 11, 2011 at 3:26 PM

Man, I don’t see how they can expect this to fly very high. It still doesn’t address the lies or punishment of the whistleblowers. Pretty weak tea.

a capella on October 11, 2011 at 3:35 PM

Anyone jumping to conclusions about this, thinking it is and could only be wag the dog, is suffering from ODS. I urge you to look at the OWS kids and see what such _DS can result in. You must stop this path of madness now, or suffer the smelly, bongo-loving consequences.

MississippiMom on October 11, 2011 at 3:29 PM

I love bongos.

This is a man that lied to Congress about his involvement in F&F, and is facing a subpoena today. Today.

This man was arrested over a month ago. With no bombs. No bomb making materials. And Iran needed help from Mexican drug cartels for a bomb.

faraway on October 11, 2011 at 3:36 PM

Man, I don’t see how they can expect this to fly very high. It still doesn’t address the lies or punishment of the whistleblowers. Pretty weak tea.

a capella on October 11, 2011 at 3:35 PM

When you have a willing press that’s desperate to help you get reelected – anything’s possible.

29Victor on October 11, 2011 at 3:37 PM

What poses a problem is the next question: What do we do about it?

JohnGalt23 on October 11, 2011 at 3:31 PM

It will be handled through the Dept of State. Talking, posturing, and empty threats which Iran knows are empty. IOW, more of the same.

a capella on October 11, 2011 at 3:38 PM

Finalizing meeting on Sept 29th.

Nutjob addressed the UN on Sep 22/23rd.

If they knew the Iranian government was behind this why did they let A-job in the country, in NY?

And why not have the UN officials arrest him?

journeyintothewhirlwind on October 11, 2011 at 3:40 PM

Why would the Iranians need help from a F&F drug cartel to find a bomb?

People, please.

faraway on October 11, 2011 at 3:23 PM

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EXACTLY! Forget Alinsky. Forget Cloward Piven. At every turn, this whole administration takes another page of advice from one of Harry Allard’s brilliant children’s book series, “The Stupids”

NightmareOnKStreet on October 11, 2011 at 3:41 PM

Man, I don’t see how they can expect this to fly very high. It still doesn’t address the lies or punishment of the whistleblowers. Pretty weak tea.

a capella on October 11, 2011 at 3:35 PM

When you have a willing press that’s desperate to help you get reelected – anything’s possible.

29Victor on October 11, 2011 at 3:37 PM

I hear MSM is giving this wall-to-wall coverage, blowing it all out of proportion. No time to cover Issa’s subpoenas. No time to cover tonight’s GOP debate. Carrying BHO’s water, as usual.

petefrt on October 11, 2011 at 3:41 PM

Napolitano has been at every other case where terrorist plots are revealed. This plot did not happen yesterday. Is DHS no longer involved in homeland security? Is there a new barrier between the Justice Department and DHS in investigations?

Freddy on October 11, 2011 at 3:42 PM

I question the timing.

hillbillyjim on October 11, 2011 at 3:42 PM

This man was arrested over a month ago. With no bombs. No bomb making materials. And Iran needed help from Mexican drug cartels for a bomb.

faraway on October 11, 2011 at 3:36 PM

Which is why Holder was unresponsive to Issa’s request for documents and witnesses. It all becomes so clear now. Holder was looking at the bigger picture. Protecting his star witness. Just lookin’ out for the folks when he decided to redact reams of documents and lie about his involvement.

a capella on October 11, 2011 at 3:43 PM

What poses a problem is the next question: What do we do about it?

JohnGalt23 on October 11, 2011 at 3:31 PM

Why, send Øbama to Iran to apologize, of course.

petefrt on October 11, 2011 at 3:43 PM

Napolitano has been at every other case where terrorist plots are revealed. This plot did not happen yesterday. Is DHS no longer involved in homeland security? Is there a new barrier between the Justice Department and DHS in investigations?

Freddy on October 11, 2011 at 3:42 PM

who announced UFA Undie Bomber?

ted c on October 11, 2011 at 3:43 PM

does this really make any sense? There are only two types of people that have a motive to bomb Saudi and Israeli targets…al queda and iran.

so what would the iranian point be? they’d be among the first suspects. iran has threatened US interests home and abroad, and of course actually killed Americans. so this seems like an odd situation. i can see no motive….except that it is easier to kill Israeli/Saudi diplomats here than in SA of israel

r keller on October 11, 2011 at 3:44 PM

I hear MSM is giving this wall-to-wall coverage, blowing it all out of proportion. No time to cover Issa’s subpoenas. No time to cover tonight’s GOP debate. Carrying BHO’s water, as usual.

petefrt on October 11, 2011 at 3:41 PM

Pres. Obama: “Hey, look over there, not over here.”
Press: “okay”

29Victor on October 11, 2011 at 3:44 PM

that should be SA OR israel

r keller on October 11, 2011 at 3:45 PM

B E E R

S U M M I T !!!!!

(non-alcoholic, of course — wouldn’t want to offend)

hillbillyjim on October 11, 2011 at 3:45 PM

The unspoken thing is that Iran would never have even ATTEMPTED this kind of crap under the previous administration. Anyone who knows anything about military strategy and looks at a map of the region could tell you Iran would be in a VERY bad spot with an actual President in the White House. We are on both sides of them – in force.

PJ Emeritus on October 11, 2011 at 3:46 PM

For those asking if this is going to be put forth as the reason for Holder’s holding back on testimony re F & F, I’m fairly certain that Megan Kelly already alluded to that as fact. Apparently, Holder, et al, were “protecting” their super-double-top-secret informant posing as head of Mexican drug cartel. If Issa is on the level with his aggressive fact finding, he better be 1 step ahead of the Slippery Holder Injustice Truth Squad (S.H.I.T.S.)
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NightmareOnKStreet on October 11, 2011 at 3:26 PM

Man, I don’t see how they can expect this to fly very high. It still doesn’t address the lies or punishment of the whistleblowers. Pretty weak tea.

a capella on October 11, 2011 at 3:35 PM

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EXACTLY! Which is why i said

Why would the Iranians need help from a F&F drug cartel to find a bomb?

People, please.

faraway on October 11, 2011 at 3:23 PM

.
EXACTLY! Forget Alinsky. Forget Cloward Piven. At every turn, this whole administration takes another page of advice from one of Harry Allard’s brilliant children’s book series, “The Stupids”

NightmareOnKStreet on October 11, 2011 at 3:41 PM

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They are dimmer than a 4 watt bulb.

NightmareOnKStreet on October 11, 2011 at 3:48 PM

petefrt on October 11, 2011 at 3:43 PM

It was a question asked in all seriousness.

I just wonder if you have a serious response.

JohnGalt23 on October 11, 2011 at 3:48 PM

This man was arrested over a month ago. With no bombs. No bomb making materials. And Iran needed help from Mexican drug cartels for a bomb.

faraway on October 11, 2011 at 3:36 PM

Which is why Holder was unresponsive to Issa’s request for documents and witnesses. It all becomes so clear now. Holder was looking at the bigger picture. Protecting his star witness. Just lookin’ out for the folks when he decided to redact reams of documents and lie about his involvement.

a capella on October 11, 2011 at 3:43 PM

We should thank Øbama for giving us such a statesman as Holder to watch over us and keep us safe.

*spit*

petefrt on October 11, 2011 at 3:49 PM

If we’re not willing to respond in kind, we then send a signal to hostile nation-states around the world that attacks on the US are low-risk, high-reward affairs — and we’d better get ready for an avalanche of them.

Slept through the 1980′s and 1990′s, did we?

If it requires Obama to make a decision based on what a Nation State MUST DO then you can forget it. In case it has been missed this Nation hasn’t been acting to safeguard its own interests in decades, and the last threat we took seriously was the USSR. Confronting petty barbarism by third rate Nations and non-state actors utilizing private war and piracy against us is something we do so rarely it is frightening.

Since we can’t stand up to the back street thugs we will be awash with them and taken down by them.

But don’t worry, there will be a speech about it!

Speeches always work.

You give a speech! It worked! You gave a speech!

Pure magic, just like diplomacy… get diplomats together and it works! You got them together. Works every single time.

Absolute and pure magical thinking going on with our elite class.

ajacksonian on October 11, 2011 at 3:49 PM

so what would the iranian point be? they’d be among the first suspects. iran has threatened US interests home and abroad, and of course actually killed Americans. so this seems like an odd situation. i can see no motive….except that it is easier to kill Israeli/Saudi diplomats here than in SA of israel

r keller on October 11, 2011 at 3:44 PM

A twofer. SA and Iran have been at each other’s throats in OPEC over cuts in oil production. If Iran delivers a big blow to SA on U.S. soil, it is another step to becoming the big dog in OPEC where they can jerk the chain of the whole oil consuming world. They know SA won’t respond in a military fashion. Likewise, it would be huge blow to what little world prestige we still have left and send the message they can attack us here at will.

a capella on October 11, 2011 at 3:51 PM

Man, I don’t see how they can expect this to fly very high. It still doesn’t address the lies or punishment of the whistleblowers. Pretty weak tea.

a capella on October 11, 2011 at 3:35 PM

YES! Particularly, the lie of “I don’t think the notion that this goes very high up in the Department of Justice is supported by the facts” yada yada yada….

this reveals more questions than it answers.

smokescreen.

ted c on October 11, 2011 at 3:51 PM

Pure magic, just like diplomacy… get diplomats together and it works! You got them together. Works every single time.

Absolute and pure magical thinking going on with our elite class.

ajacksonian on October 11, 2011 at 3:49 PM

i like your snark.

ted c on October 11, 2011 at 3:52 PM

JohnGalt23 on October 11, 2011 at 3:48 PM

I can tell you what I expect Øbama to do about it: Treat it as a legal problem.

petefrt on October 11, 2011 at 3:54 PM

i like your snark.

ted c on October 11, 2011 at 3:52 PM

I was aiming for sardonicism with a smidgen of horrific realism added in.

Although, come to think of it, this is also the absolute, plain truth… just masked under a sugar coating.

ajacksonian on October 11, 2011 at 3:54 PM

Which is why Holder was unresponsive to Issa’s request for documents and witnesses. It all becomes so clear now. Holder was looking at the bigger picture. Protecting his star witness. Just lookin’ out for the folks when he decided to redact reams of documents and lie about his involvement.

a capella on October 11, 2011 at 3:43 PM

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You forgot to add the /sarc tag, right? R-RIGHT???

NightmareOnKStreet on October 11, 2011 at 3:55 PM

I can tell you what I expect Øbama to do about it: Treat it as a legal problem.

petefrt on October 11, 2011 at 3:54 PM

That is all well and good. But the GOP controls half of the arm of government responsible for declaring war. Should GOP representatives initiate proceedings towards a declaration of war?

JohnGalt23 on October 11, 2011 at 3:57 PM

Nice diversion, Holder.

stenwin77 on October 11, 2011 at 3:57 PM

Headline: “Holder hypes month old nothing-burger arrest into international terror incident, on coincidental day of his subpoena”

faraway on October 11, 2011 at 3:58 PM

Diversion indeed. Shouldn’t such a pronouncement have come from our shemale Homeland Security Secretary?

rayra on October 11, 2011 at 4:00 PM

This administration is completely “amateur hour”.

crosspatch on October 11, 2011 at 4:00 PM

Do note: there is no statute of limitations on a casus belli.

ajacksonian on October 11, 2011 at 4:01 PM

Send in the drones. If even US citizens don’t get a pass, then war-making heads of state shouldn’t either.

starboardhelm on October 11, 2011 at 4:01 PM

NightmareOnKStreet on October 11, 2011 at 3:55 PM

:) Never fear.

a capella on October 11, 2011 at 4:02 PM

a plot to kill the SAUDI Ambassador is an Act of War against Saudi Arabia… not us.

faraway on October 11, 2011 at 4:04 PM

Holder diverts attention fast and furiously.

pat on October 11, 2011 at 4:06 PM

a plot to kill the SAUDI Ambassador is an Act of War against Saudi Arabia… not us.

Yep.
0300hrs White House
**ring** Hey, Kind Fahd or whatever your name is. Hey, your ambassador just got to room temperature here in DC…er, yeah, sorry. We think the Iranians..yeah, those Iranian …er, whatever you call them, did it. Huh? You want to bomb them? Oh, alright, just read ‘em their rights first and make sure you say that you’re gonna bury “change through violence” along with them and we’re cool with it. Mmkay? Cya, I got a tee-time in aaaaaawww shhhhh!!t…6 hours. bye. **click**
0303hrs…

ted c on October 11, 2011 at 4:09 PM

This is a pathetic joke by Holder.

His guilt is overwhemling – for F&F will not go away, subpoenas are in – and the dope just happens to hold a presser disclosing a snoozer of a “threat”… btw when was the last time Holder held a presser to announce anything, as opposed to reacting to something?

The moron handlers in this admin are so stupid – they decided “hey, defuse the F&F news by going on TV, it will show your serious about issue __________ (blank filled in this AM) and the MSM will lick it up for at least 24 hours”

Good luck with that.

And for those who forgot – Iran the boogeyman also happened to occur 35 years ago – with Carter… who bumbled everything, leading to the current regime, a few hundred prisoners and a silent 35 year run on nuclear arms.

Odie1941 on October 11, 2011 at 4:11 PM

Iranians have been killing Americans since Obama was elected.

They want to kill a Saudi and an Israeli, and now Obama acts?

What’s going on here?

faraway on October 11, 2011 at 4:12 PM

Did Holder have a presser after Nidal Hassan thwacked 30 of our finest soldiers at Ft Hood? ….at least one that didn’t chide the rest of us for “jumping to conclusions”??

ted c on October 11, 2011 at 4:15 PM

“It seemed a little bit Hollywood…” says Rep. Mike Rogers (R), Chairman of Intelligence Committee & former FBI agent, to Wolf on CNN… Seriously?

NightmareOnKStreet on October 11, 2011 at 4:15 PM

Iranians have been killing Americans since Obama was elected.

They want to kill a Saudi and an Israeli, and now Obama acts?

What’s going on here?

faraway on October 11, 2011 at 4:12 PM

yeah really. Can anyone say, explosively formed projectiles

ted c on October 11, 2011 at 4:16 PM

JohnGalt23 on October 11, 2011 at 3:57 PM

First we need to determine what actually happened here.

petefrt on October 11, 2011 at 4:31 PM

Those waging war from our territory on the territory of another Nation, which is what an extra-territorial enclave called an ‘Embassy’ is, allows us to retaliate in kind via the laws of war. We do not need to declare war to give reprisals and seek to have the offender offer themselves up to military justice. It doesn’t matter if it is a Nation, a pirate or similar terrorist organization, or conspiracy of both… otherwise we are letting war happen without our approval from our soil.

That IS how you get into wars by accident: by not upholding your sovereign territory.

Someone might need a bit of reminding about that on our southern border….

ajacksonian on October 11, 2011 at 4:32 PM

I’m sure that Barry will send a ‘sternly’ worded message to the Iranians.

In the mean time, he can tell Holder to drag his butt over to Capitol Hill – seems they want to talk to him. Again.

GarandFan on October 11, 2011 at 4:33 PM

DRUDGE FLASH — Holder/Obama knew and were briefed about this foiled plot back in….wait for it…

JUNE!!!!!

bwaaaaaahahahahahahahahahahaha

LordMaximus on October 11, 2011 at 4:39 PM

Enough land wars. Let Petreaus do his thing at CIA and make Iran’s leadership worry.

rickyricardo on October 11, 2011 at 4:39 PM

DRUDGE FLASH — Holder/Obama knew and were briefed about this foiled plot back in….wait for it…

JUNE!!!!!
LordMaximus on October 11, 2011 at 4:39 PM

that only tooks hours, days, weeks, months….

talk about johnny-on-the-spot.

ted c on October 11, 2011 at 4:46 PM

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.

Saudi Arabia, Sharia barbarians though they are…serves as a great launchpad.

MadisonConservative on October 11, 2011 at 4:47 PM

And naturally, the lsm is focused solely on this and the subpoena?…never heard of it

Way to cover up for holder there lsm

cmsinaz on October 11, 2011 at 4:50 PM

Color me skeptical.

SouthernGent on October 11, 2011 at 4:50 PM

Wolfie is tingly all over this….us will NOW talk to the un about this issue

October surprise!

cmsinaz on October 11, 2011 at 4:53 PM

Hillary:need to send a strong message

yeah right

cmsinaz on October 11, 2011 at 4:54 PM

Can Issa use this presser as “stalling?”

I guess when the indictment comes down, Holder will announce

“Lead on traitor to America last seen around the Hudson, last name is Arnold…”

Odie1941 on October 11, 2011 at 4:55 PM

Am I on DailyKos? When did we turn into this?

C’mon people. More answers will be coming. I understand distrust in the administration, but what about the agents/law enforcement on the ground? Are they in on it too?

Anyone jumping to conclusions about this, thinking it is and could only be wag the dog, is suffering from ODS. I urge you to look at the OWS kids and see what such _DS can result in. You must stop this path of madness now, or suffer the smelly, bongo-loving consequences.

MississippiMom on October 11, 2011 at 3:29 PM

You obviously made a Right Turn instead of a Left Turn and ended up here by mistake? Kos is down in the Basement, on your Left.

Anyone who’s been following Fast and Furious from the beginning knows that it’s a huger story than this one, which was first brought to light several months ago, not just today.

Del Dolemonte on October 11, 2011 at 4:57 PM

If true, would that not be an act of war?

That’s a mighty big “if”. Are we suddenly taking Eric Holder’s claims at face value? What has he done lately to earn our trust?

Enrique on October 11, 2011 at 4:57 PM

Breaking news from Wolfie

He’s all atwitter

cmsinaz on October 11, 2011 at 5:01 PM

Are we suddenly taking Eric Holder’s claims at face value? What has he done lately to earn our trust?

Enrique on October 11, 2011 at 4:57 PM

Let me ask BC Agent Brian Terry…..*oh wait*…….

ted c on October 11, 2011 at 5:02 PM

Alternet: How the FBI’s Network of Informants Actually Created Most of the Terrorist Plots “Foiled” in the US Since 9/11

Spathi on October 11, 2011 at 3:12 PM

What’s next? The latest stuff from Alex Jones?

Ward Cleaver on October 11, 2011 at 5:04 PM

Iranians have been killing Americans since Obama was elected.

They want to kill a Saudi and an Israeli, and now Obama acts?

What’s going on here?

faraway on October 11, 2011 at 4:12 PM

WRONG.

Iranians have been hurting American interests since Carter was elected.

They have been indirectly killing Americans for about the same amount of time.

Carter, Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Clinton, and George W. Bush all pretty much have done the same thing that Obama has.

Absolutely nothing.

One of Reagan’s (and Bush the elder’s) greatest strengths wasn’t just that he rebuilt our military and restored our power around the world.

It’s that he only used it when it was ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY with limited, defined, theaters and goals in mind.

Clinton didn’t use it much at all and cut it to the bone (with the aid it should be noted of the Republican majority in Congress).

Bush although keeping us safe, launched us on an amorphous mission of “democracy spreading” which is severely wearing on our men and women in uniform.

Killing terrorists and non-state actors is fine by me. DECLARING WAR on nation states that support those who threaten our nation is also fine. But the people who are left behind can rebuild their own country as they see fit or even better, they can deal with the nutjobs at the top for us saving us blood and treasure

SgtSVJones on October 11, 2011 at 5:08 PM

Does this have anything to do with the recent release of convicted Saudi terrorism plotter, Alamoudi?

Federal prosecutors are asking a judge to cut the 23-year prison term being served by an American Muslim activist who admitted participation in a Libyan plot to assassinate King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia.

Terp Mole on October 11, 2011 at 5:12 PM

No doubt the Paulbots will call this war propaganda concocted by the United States and Israel for the sole purpose of picking on those poor innocent lambs in Iran.

Personally, I think it is an act of war on their part.

Terrye on October 11, 2011 at 5:12 PM

I haven’t read the comments yet, but I wonder why the two agencies mentioned are the ones involved in unearthing this plot. The plot hardly seems like a criminal issue.

Cynical me: Was this an attempt to make Holder the hero for the day and to deflect from his appearance before Congress?

onlineanalyst on October 11, 2011 at 5:13 PM

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