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New developments in the brazen terror plot busted wide open.
Iran to -- military unit accused of directing the planned but K rod is denying everything that plot.
Centering on the assassination of the Saudi Arabian and -- of the U west.
The plan reportedly to blow a -- -- -- DC restaurant packed with hundreds of diners.
Possibly including members of congress and also.
There's word the plot included -- and the Saudi and Israeli embassies in Washington DC's.
That's the plot here is the man the feds say this man coordinated this plot all here in the United States he's a naturalized American citizen living for the most part in Texas.
And they say here range to pay one and a half million dollars to and then He believes was a Mexican cartel hit man.
Who turned out of course being fraudulent form and he's now behind bars held without bail.
-- friends are shocked at these charges take -- -- -- -- very nice very energetic very -- all.
He was just -- kind of guy.
That's -- really shot maybe here that you know what He was accused been indicted on.
I -- I -- friend that's one opinion this is how to house foreign affairs committee chairwoman describing hands.
Well this is sort of look a splash of cold water on -- face to say hey guys while you they're looking -- to Arabs praying.
We're we're facing and a rainy winter and these guys are coming to get as they're plotting.
And let's be aware of it it it continues to be.
The greatest threat to the United States for more on this reflect -- former State Department spokesman PJ Crowley do you agree with that -- I think first you -- got to look at this in the in the bribery that has gone on for some time in the region regarding Iran and Saudi Arabia together with Egypt.
These are three countries that fervently believe that they should be.
The leaders of that region.
You see it play out in in a country like Syria.
Client state of Iran Iran is trying is -- life lines to Bashar Al Assad.
Saudi Arabia is funding the Syrian opposition would love to see.
That leadership shift from a Shia -- white.
Leadership to a Sunni majority.
Leadership so so yes there is a definite connection in terms of the Arab spring how these transitions are playing out -- race -- the stakes for.
Leadership in the region I think within that context.
You see this this plot between Iran and Saudi Arabian play out.
You mention the decades the background here between all of these different states including our own -- now though why this plot now.
I see it it exactly in the context of what has happened in the region this year you've got Egypt for example this distracted by its own transition.
But now you see potentially an indication.
That the gloves are coming off in -- and Iran is feeling some pressure.
And and it has -- Syria and serious relationship but Lebanon.
To extend Iran's influence to the west.
Within the Middle East and it is it is fearful about the dynamic that has -- com and has kind of -- cut.
Iran's position in the region so that may be an explanation here I think one of the pivotal questions which remains unknown is was this just a a rogue operation by some guy -- with ties to Al includes or is this really a strategic decision by the -- -- leadership.
To go after Saudi Arabia first and foremost and the process -- unites states as well.
Let's pick up up that point that you you rightly rays right now about the speculation about this plan.
Bob -- he's a former CIA case officer in the Middle East is -- -- couldn't -- guest on our show.
He said this of the Washington Post today He says there was -- sloppiness about the case that defies belief.
-- heads are better than this if they wanted to come after you you'd be dead.
Already so -- what about that what what do you -- that you know the probability that this could be a lone wolf operating independently.
From the you're running machine.
-- -- it's it's entirely possible and and and Bob Baer and others are scratching their heads and rightfully so this is a sloppy operation.
A lot of hand handed -- and that we've seen this and other contexts of terrorism.
Guys who have aspirations but not necessarily.
A lot of capabilities so it you know there's a lot of internal politics going on in Iran and a lot of contests for.
-- staking out turf with -- running government.
-- -- -- -- sat cross ways with the Ayatollah the Ayatollah has.
Close relationship to the Iranian revolutionary guard a -- is a dimension of that so it's very very possible this could have been hatched.
Yes it -- -- within the bureaucracy somewhere.
And I think that's essential question it but it if the leadership bless this operation was openly supported.
This has grave ramifications for the region and for the -- -- Our leader is here seem to suggest that they believe.
Administration if you will -- Iran has -- this the attorney general says that he's gonna hold Iran accountable.
-- secretary of state Hillary Clinton says that I'd be nice he's gonna send a strong message to this country.
What exactly does that mean what are we going to do if that is the stakes that we're dealing with here.
Well let -- -- -- you know for example of pop a stunt for it it's still an open question.
Who in the Pakistani government knew about the whereabouts have been locking.
Yeah -- -- made the theorize that the leadership didn't know but somewhere in the Barack -- clearly somebody did it this is a question that we have to answer.
You know was this something hatched from inside.
Deep inside the -- GC or says something that was blast from above.
-- removed from that obviously you know this gives the United States and Saudi Arabia tremendous opportunity and leverage.
You know we've we've had various rounds of sanctions in recent years they've been quite effective.
But there are still loopholes as the secretary said yesterday and and working with Asian countries such as China.
Working with European countries really have the opportunity here to put -- very significant.
Economic squeeze on Iran.
Final thoughts and -- a congresswoman concerned as -- our conversation here are saying that Iran is -- greatest threat.
To our country do you agree with that.
Iran is a grave threat -- states I mean what -- we've got two or three or four out there that you worry about day in and day out but clearly the direction that Iran is going in its its support of terrorist and that's ongoing.
Its nuclear aspirations which are ongoing.
This definitely poses a grave -- -- formidable threat for the -- -- group.
Lots -- questions we -- -- the answers to today's -- but obviously.
As we get these developments were gonna relayed them to our viewers and we appreciate your insight always I thank you for joining us.
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