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Iran, an Act of War

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C&C has featured numerous entries about whether terrorist attacks on the United States are more aptly answered by our legal system or by, to simplify it quite a bit, drones.

Yesterday, a very important player in the legal system, Eric Holder, announced the discovery of a plot by operatives of the government of Iran to commit a murder (the assassination of the Saudi Arabian ambassador) on American soil.  He said that "Iran will be held accountable."

That is almost certainly false, since, after all, it's never once been true. Time will tell, and I hope I'm wrong.  There are many things to be said about the Iranian plot, but for now I want only to repeat what my friend John Hinderaker has observed:

The plot evidently was discovered at a very early stage. One wonders: How? Through intercepts of phone conversations or emails? Eric Holder, widely believed to be a dead man walking in Washington as a result of Fast and Furious, was front and center at today's news conference. Holder was a prominent critic of essentially everything the Bush administration did to discover and combat terrorist plots. It would be interesting to know whether the intelligence triumph that Holder celebrated today was yet another example of the wisdom of the Bush administration policies that Obama, Holder and their ilk endlessly demagogued before they found [them] expedient to adopt.

Not that I'm complaining.  Demagoguery or not, I'm happy that there is at least a modicum of seriousness in the Administration's approach to keepiing the country safe, however late and reluctant in coming, and whatever its source.


 

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Bill, the Iranians have been sending weapons into Iraq to kill American troops for years. President Bush didn't do much about that. To me, that's evidence that Obama and Co. don't have a ton of good options. Thus, while I don't think that Obama's treatment of Iran has been good at all, this is a tough nut to crack, and I think it would be better to acknowledge that.

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