Revelations last night that Iran was involved in a plot to kill the Saudi ambassador to the US whilst he was in Washington DC. The charges against the alleged conspirators include the use of ‘Foreign travel’ to conspire to murder.
Its difficult to know exactly what the truth is here. With regard to both the US and Iranian Govts, i tend to take everything they say with a hefty fist of salt. I’m not the only one who seems perplexed by this, as former CIA middle East case officer Robert Baer explains…
“This stinks to holy hell. The Quds Force are very good. They don’t sit down with people they don’t know and make a plot. They use proxies and they are professional about it. If Kassim Suleimani was coming after you or me, we would be dead. This is totally uncharacteristic of them.”
Some have been speculating that it was rogue elements within the Quds force. It is well known that Iran and the Saudis are not the best of friends, with Wikileaks revealing Saudi desires for the US to ‘cut the head of the (Iranian) snake‘ (again a pinch of salt as they may have been telling the US what it wanted to hear). Also most recently with regard to Bahrain. So the enmity is there which fuels the belief for many that this plot originated at the highest levels in Tehran.
However Baer’s spider sense tingling seems justified from the description of one of the alleged plotters. Throw in the claim that the plotters tried to hire members of a Mexican drug cartel to carry out the hit and this begins reading like the script from a straight to DVD movie. Predictably the usual suspects in the US are quick to jump the gun and claim this as an act of war by Iran.