Foiled Plot Reveals an Unstable Iran

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Attorney General Eric Holder announced in a news conference on Tuesday that U.S. officials foiled an Iranian-backed terrorist plot to assassinate the Saudi Arabian ambassador to Washington. The plot, which allegedly involved a Mexican cartel and large sums of money, would have culminated in an assassination on U.S. soil — a clear violation of international law. But perhaps more tellingly, this plot reveals major rifts between two of the Middle East's largest nations and within Iran's highest levels of power.

To unpack this complicated plot are Stephen Kinzer, author of "Reset: Iran, Turkey and America’s Future," and Mohsen Asgari, correspondent for the BBC in Iran.


Mohsen Asgari and Stephen Kinzer

Comments [2]


I think the wrong audio file is linked here? I was looking for the interview weith Stephen Kinzer.

Oct. 12 2011 03:15 PM

Interesting how Bachmann's off-handed and good natured jibe about the 999 plan is wildly over emphasized in this report but what was hugely hyped just last month as the President's greatest triumph in the jobs bill is now downplayed as no big deal and admittedly a crass political ploy.

So something as serious as a joint session of Congress which the nation waited for until after the obligatory posh Presidential vacation was used as a blatant and self serving political speech? Is that appropriate and were we all subjected to an elaborate political ruse while Americans are suffering economically?

Oct. 12 2011 11:15 AM

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