The Iranian Assassination Plot: What Do We Really Know?

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Attorney General Eric Holder (R) and FBI Director Robert Mueller (L) announce a plot was foiled involving men allegedly linked to the Iranian government to kill the Saudi ambassador to the U.S. (Win McNamee/Getty Images/Getty)

The Department of Justice announced on Tuesday that a labyrinthine plot to assassinate the Saudi Arabian ambassador to the United States had been conceived and funded by "high-up officials" in Iran. Attorney General Eric Holder vowed that "the United States is committed to holding Iran accountable for its actions." Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced that the U.S. was considering means by which to "send a strong message to Iran and further isolate it from the international community." Iran, in turn, claimed that the whole thing was cooked up by the U.S. to distract Americans from the state of the economy.

P.J. Crowley is a former spokesman for the U.S. State Department. He is currently the Omar N. Bradley Chair in Strategic Leadership, a joint initiative among the United States Army War College, Dickinson College, and Pennsylvania State University.


P.J. Crowley

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Ben Gottlieb

Comments [3]

carl, queens n.y.


Oct. 13 2011 01:36 PM
Chris Lemos from Miami

Not just Tonkin Gulf and WMDs, remember the Maine? I think we need to look at who would benefit from Saudi - Iranian discord. Another Middle Eastern country comes to mind immediately and it has the intelligence skills to manufacture a pretext in order to create support for action against Iran. I hope people look more critically at this than they did at the reasons for war in Iraq. If we could hear the thoughts of Manssor Arbabsiar, the arrested 56-year-old naturalized U.S. citizen, I would expect it to sound like "I'm a patsy."

Oct. 13 2011 10:18 AM
Carl ,Queens, N.Y. from queens ny

Regarding the Iranian assassination plot. Is there anybody in America besides me who can remember the Gulf of Tonkin, and all those weapons of mass distructions Iraq had aimed at our heads? Think abouy it. Carl Queens, N.Y.

Oct. 13 2011 09:52 AM

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