Eric Holder announced that the US has busted a terrorist plot by Iranian intelligence services and a Mexican drug cartel to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the US. Oh, and the deal was going to go down in a crowded restaurant, so several score Americans would have been collateral damage. I don't know, doesn't that seem like a big deal?
Prosecutors alleged an elaborate international plot, with two men, including an Iranian-born U.S. citizen who had been living in Texas, using funding from the Iranian government to try to hire a Mexican drug cartel to kill the ambassador.
Attorney General Eric Holder said elements of Iran's Qods Force, a unit of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, were ready to spend $1.5 million on the plan.
Saudi officials described the alleged plot as an escalation in the confrontation between the two Middle Eastern rivals, which have clashed anew in recent months over Saudi efforts to bolster the monarchy in Bahrain.
Unbelievable! So unbelievable - the Revolutionary Guards hooking up with the Zetas*? - as to almost strain credulity. The Iranians, of course, deny all:
A spokesman for Iran's mission to the United Nations in New York said, "We categorically reject these baseless allegations." Late Tuesday, Mohammad Khazaee, Iran's U.N. ambassador, released a letter sent to the secretary-general "to express our outrage" over the allegations, calling them "politically motivated."
Glen Reynolds has joked grimly that, at this point, a re-run of the Carter presidency is the best case scenario for the Obama Administration. Back then, all we had to worry about was Iranians seizing our embassy. Now we have to worry about Iranians bringing "the war" to America, and all we have to offer in response are Eric Holder and "sanctions."
* and, where did the Iranians get the idea that a Mexican drug gang could sneak contraband and WMD's across the border?