An elaborate plot to assassinate the Saudi Ambassador to the United States, and to blow up two embassies in Washington D.C., was recently uncovered by the FBI and intelligence agencies, and it implicates an eye-opening set of accomplices: Iran, Hezbollah, and Mexican drug cartels. The case, announced by beleaguered Attorney General Eric Holder, who is the center of attention in the Fast and Furious scandal, involves two captured Iranian guard-connected operatives, and an FBI intercept of a money transfer traced back from Mexican drug cartels to the Iranians.
The Iranian agency said to be involved is the al Quds force, described in one report as having “substantial capabilities for asymmetric warfare and covert operations.” Earlier in 2010, for example, al Quds was reported by The Pentagon to be active in Venezuela. (Spanish source.) The group is know to work with Hezbollah, but has yet to be confirmed as targeting the United States before on its own domestic soil.
It is crucial to find out is if Ahmadenijad can truly be traced to the plot because it would blow up the rational actor assumption argument about Iran’s intentions. If Iran is a rational actor, it might be pursuing nuclear weapons as a matter of deterrence; in other words, because it feels threatened. But if it is aggressively exporting terror to the West, using asymmetrical warfare and covert operations in the face of overwhelming retaliation if it gets caught, then American and its NATO associates may be facing something more dangerous and nefarious on its hands. [Continued on Political Crush]