Iran’s plan to attack Washington?

ABC reports that officials have thwarted a scheme to attack the Israeli and Saudi embassies in Washington, D. C., a terrorist attack planned by the government of 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.

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.

“The U.S. is committed to holding Iran accountable for its actions,” Holder said.

FBI Director Robert Mueller said the arrest of a suspect in the plot shows the U.S. will “bring the full weight of [the] law to bear on those responsible” and that “any attempts on American soil will not be tolerated.”

Senior Obama administration officials said the U.S. currently does not have any information indicating that either Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei or President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad necessarily knew about the assassination plot and said the U.S. will pursue a path of response that would not include the possibility of an armed conflict with Iran.

Shortly after Holder publicly announced the foiled plot, the U.S. Treasury announced it was initiating sanctions against five people allegedly connected to the plot.

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.

via U.S. Says Iran-Tied Terror Plot in Washington, D.C. Disrupted – ABC News.

A link in the article cites a statement that the United States is not planning a military response.  But wouldn’t an attack launched by a sovereign government be an act of war?

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • MarkB

    Me thinks there might be a bit of hubris here, in that it is generally acknowledged that the US government planted a virus/worm, Stuxnet into the computers of Iran’s nuclear industry. Would that not also be an act of war?

    Not that I am in favor of Iran getting nuclear arms, but where are we headed with this? Could this be a political setup to have yet another war so opposition to Obama would go away and we would all come together to defeat that evil Iran?

  • MarkB

    Me thinks there might be a bit of hubris here, in that it is generally acknowledged that the US government planted a virus/worm, Stuxnet into the computers of Iran’s nuclear industry. Would that not also be an act of war?

    Not that I am in favor of Iran getting nuclear arms, but where are we headed with this? Could this be a political setup to have yet another war so opposition to Obama would go away and we would all come together to defeat that evil Iran?

  • MichaelZ

    @MarkB
    That was exactly my thought. How do you get the American people behind you? Find a foreign enemy who is attacking you and fight them.

  • MichaelZ

    @MarkB
    That was exactly my thought. How do you get the American people behind you? Find a foreign enemy who is attacking you and fight them.

  • MarkB

    I believe the leader of Iran has used this ploy quite effectively as have many others. I really hate to think our country as come to something like this.

    Maybe it will succeed too, since for many years the Neocons have been pushing for military action against Iran too.

  • MarkB

    I believe the leader of Iran has used this ploy quite effectively as have many others. I really hate to think our country as come to something like this.

    Maybe it will succeed too, since for many years the Neocons have been pushing for military action against Iran too.

  • Patrick Kyle

    Hmmm…. a pretext for war just about the time the Depression worsens. Never could have seen that coming.

  • Patrick Kyle

    Hmmm…. a pretext for war just about the time the Depression worsens. Never could have seen that coming.

  • CRB

    I noticed a comment on FoxNews that it was “interesting” that this story came out at the same time as the investigation of the A.G.’s office on the “walking guns” fiasco! The commenter stated that this
    Iran thing was known a few days ago and could have been revealed THEN! Hmmm!

  • CRB

    I noticed a comment on FoxNews that it was “interesting” that this story came out at the same time as the investigation of the A.G.’s office on the “walking guns” fiasco! The commenter stated that this
    Iran thing was known a few days ago and could have been revealed THEN! Hmmm!

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    Seems like some “conservatives” are about eight years too late in their war cynicism.

    Also, what MarkB says (@1) about Stuxnet.

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    Seems like some “conservatives” are about eight years too late in their war cynicism.

    Also, what MarkB says (@1) about Stuxnet.

  • DonS

    This whole thing is strange. Why announce it publicly at this time, given that it didn’t involve a threat to the general public and it didn’t come to fruition? Why not conduct your further investigations first to see what really happened? Also, why preclude a military response publicly, even if privately you don’t intend to employ one? Clearly, if Iran was involved in plotting an assassination on U.S. soil, that is a hostile act. Why not just say that the U.S. is investigating whether Iranian leaders knew of the plot and will take any appropriate action? The fact that he specifically precluded military action tells me that some kind of game is being played here. Also, how does arresting the Mexican stooge hitman contacted by the Iranian plotters show that ” the U.S. will ‘bring the full weight of [the] law to bear on those responsible’”? It shows no such thing.

  • DonS

    This whole thing is strange. Why announce it publicly at this time, given that it didn’t involve a threat to the general public and it didn’t come to fruition? Why not conduct your further investigations first to see what really happened? Also, why preclude a military response publicly, even if privately you don’t intend to employ one? Clearly, if Iran was involved in plotting an assassination on U.S. soil, that is a hostile act. Why not just say that the U.S. is investigating whether Iranian leaders knew of the plot and will take any appropriate action? The fact that he specifically precluded military action tells me that some kind of game is being played here. Also, how does arresting the Mexican stooge hitman contacted by the Iranian plotters show that ” the U.S. will ‘bring the full weight of [the] law to bear on those responsible’”? It shows no such thing.

  • DonS

    I’m not sure why I typed “Mexican” above. I was reading the article about the Mexican cartel the suspect was dealing with and typed “Mexican” instead of “Iranian-American”. Oops.

  • DonS

    I’m not sure why I typed “Mexican” above. I was reading the article about the Mexican cartel the suspect was dealing with and typed “Mexican” instead of “Iranian-American”. Oops.


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