Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Plot to kill Saudi ambassador in the U.S.

According to the Wall Street Journal:
One month to the day after the 10th anniversary of 9/11 comes a sobering moment in the history of the U.S. war on terror: The Department of Justice has charged that "factions of the Iranian government" plotted to assassinate Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United States by blowing him up inside a Washington, D.C., restaurant.
Had it succeeded, this would have constituted an act of terror by the Islamic Republic of Iran on U.S. soil, and arguably an act of war.
Those who planned to carry out this act of terror reportedly came up through Mexico with the help of a Mexican drug cartel.

It is worth noting that this is just the kind of thing that Republicans have warned about, and that Democrats have poo-pooed. It is just the kind of thing that some Republicans have tried hard to stop with stronger border enforcement--only to be opposed at every turn by Democrats.

I suspect that our President will respond very strongly to this act of war--perhaps with a powerful and strongly worded speech. I also suspect that if John McCain had been President, the government of Iran wouldn't have dared to attempt such a thing on U.S. soil.

I hope I'm wrong about our President. If Obama does not provide some kind of significant response, Iran will just be emboldened to try again. If we are afraid to respond to Iran in the face of an act of war now, what will we do when they have nuclear weapons?

UPDATE: I just heard Secretary of State Clinton vowing to take action to isolate Iran even further. Whoa! I'm sure the Ayatollahs are shaking in their boots now!

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