…it was supposed to fail. Perhaps it wasn’t perpetrated by the Quds Force but by a rival faction (and there are many in the mess of Iran politics) who wanted it to fail so they would be blamed or made to look bad because of its incompetence. Or perhaps the Quds did do it, but didn’t care if it succeeded or failed because either way, it would be made public and show the US that they were taking their violence to our streets. Or perhaps it’s a US op to get us into a war with Iran. Or…. Your ideas? Even US officials (non-White House, of course) think something is wrong with it.
The claim that Iran employed a used-car salesman with a conviction for cheque fraud to hire Mexican gangsters to assassinate the Saudi ambassador in Washington goes against all that is known of Iran’s highly sophisticated intelligence service.
The confident announcement of this bizarre plot by the US Attorney General Eric Holder sounds alarmingly similar to Secretary of State Colin Powell’s notorious claim before the UN in 2003 that the US possessed irrefutable evidence Saddam Hussein was developing weapons of mass destruction.
The problem is that the US government has very publicly committed itself to a version of events, however unlikely, that, if true, would be a case for war against Iran. It will be difficult for the US to back away from such allegations now.
Could the accusations be true? The plot as described in court was puerile, easy to discover and unlikely to succeed.