FBI Director Robert
Mueller insisted the Iran-masterminded terror plot “reads like the pages of a Hollywood script”. It does. And
quite a sloppy script at that. Fast and Furious duo Paul Walker/Vin Diesel wouldn’t be caught dead near it.
The good guys in this
Washington production are the FBI and the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). In the words of Attorney General Eric Holder, they
uncovered “a deadly plot directed by factions of the Iranian government to assassinate a foreign Ambassador on US soil
Holder added that the
bombing of the Saudi embassy in Washington was also part of the plan. Subsequent spinning amplified that to planned bombings
of the Israeli embassy in Washington, as well as the Saudi and Israeli embassies in Buenos Aires.
The Justice Department
has peddled quite a murky story - Operation Red Coalition (no, you can’t make that stuff up) - centered on one Manssor
Arbabsiar, a 56-year-old holding both Iranian and US passports and an Iran-based co-conspirator, Gholam Shakuri, an alleged
member of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps's (IRGC) Quds Force.
had a series of encounters in Mexico with a DEA mole posing as a Mexican drug cartel heavy weight. The Iranian-American seems
to have been convinced that the mole was a member of the hardcore Zetas Mexican cartel, and reportedly bragged he was being
“directed by high-ranking members of the Iranian government”, including a cousin who was “a member of the
Iranian army but did not wear a uniform”.
On top of it, he told
the DEA mole that his Iranian government buddies could come up with “tons of opium” for the Mexican cartel (an
Afghan connection, perhaps). Then they discussed a “number of violent missions" complete with Arbabsiar bragging about
bombing a packed Washington restaurant used by the Saudi ambassador.
the whole thing as a $1.5m “murder-for-hire” plan. Arbabsiar was arrested only a few days ago, on September 29,
at JFK airport in New York. He allegedly confessed, according to the Justice Department. Shakuri for his part is still at
Holder was adamant:
“The United States is committed to hold Iran accountable for its actions.” Yet he stopped short of stating the
plot was approved by the highest levels of the Iranian government. So what next? War? Hold your horses; Washington should
first think about asking the Chinese if they’re willing to foot the bill (the answer will be no.)
Predictably, the proverbial
torrent of US “officials” came out with guns blazing, spinning everything in sight. An alarmed Pentagon will be
increasing surveillance over the Quds Force and “Iran’s actions” in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Persian Gulf.
Former US ambassadors stated that, “it’s an attack on the United States to attack this ambassador”. Washington
is about to impose even more sanctions against Iran; and Washington is urgently taking the matter to the UN Security Council.
What next? A R2P (“responsibility
to protect”) resolution ordering NATO to protect every House of Saud minion across the world by bombing Iran into regime
Ali Akbar Javanfekr,
a spokesman for Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, at least introduced a little bit of common sense. “I think the
US government is busy fabricating a new scenario and history has shown both the US government and the CIA have a lot of experience
in fabricating these scenarios… I think their goal is to reach the American public. They want to take the public’s
mind off the serious domestic problems they’re facing these days and scare them with fabricated problems outside the
country.” Iran has not even established yet that these two characters are actually Iranian citizens.
The Iranian government
- which prides itself on a logical approach to diplomacy - would have to have been inoculated with a terminal Stuxnet-style
foolishness virus to behave in such a counterproductive manner, by targeting a high-profile foreign policy adviser to King
Abdullah on American soil. The official Iranian news agency IRNA described the plot as “America’s new propaganda
scenario” against Iran.
As for the Washington
mantra that “Iran has been insinuating itself into many of the struggles in the Middle East”, that’s undiluted
Saudi propaganda. In fact it’s the House of Saud who’s been conducting the fierce counter-revolution that has
smashed any possibility of an Arab Spring in the Persian Gulf - from the invasion and repression of Bahrain to the rash pre-emption
of protests inside Saudi Arabia’s Shia-dominated eastern provinces.
The whole thing smells
like a flimsy pretext for a casus belli. The timing of the announcement couldn’t be more suspicious. White
House national security advisor Thomas E. Donilon briefed King Abdullah of the plot no less than two weeks ago, in a three-hour
meeting in Riyadh. Meanwhile the US government has been carrying not plots, but targeted assassinations of US citizens, as
in the Anwar al-Awlaki case.
So why now? Holder is
caught in yet another scandal - on whether he told lies regarding Operation Fast and Furious (no, you can’t make this
stuff up), a federal gun sting through which scores of US weapons ended up in the hands of - here they come again - Mexican
So how to bury Fast
and Furious, the economic abyss, the 10 years of war in Afghanistan, the increasing allure of Occupy Wall Street - not to
mention the Saudi role in smashing the spirit of the Arab Spring? By uncovering a good ol’ al-Qaeda style plot on US
soil, on top of it conducted by “evil” Iran. Al-Qaeda and Tehran sharing top billing; not even Cheney and
Rumsfeld in their heyday could come up with something like this. Long live GWOT (the global war on terror). And long live
the neo-con spirit; remember, real men go to Tehran - and the road starts now.
By Pepe Escobar