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Back at our top story today we are awaiting -- response from the White House to -- murder for hire plot allegedly hatched in Iran.
With targets in our nation's capital the DOJ is calling it attempted terrorism.
Let's take a look at how this plan unfold.
On May 24 2011 the year -- in American suspect approached an individual in Mexico for help.
In early June He returned to Mexico and told what was actually an informant.
That -- associates are looking for violent missions including the murder of the Saudi ambassador to Washington.
President Obama had been briefed on the plot surely there after they say that happened in June.
In August the suspect allegedly wired the 100000.
Dollar down payment for the crime in two installments fifty and fifty.
In late September Iran's president was in New York for the US general assembly meeting.
During that time Iran released two American hikers held in Tehran on charges of espionage.
-- just weeks after that the suspect in the murder for hire plot flew to Mexico but He was denied entry.
And then on September 20 ninth He was flown back to the United States as is the policy when you're denied entry you go back to where you came from and He was arrested at JFK airport in New York.
Joining me now.
To talk about what the White House for such response to be here is the former US ambassador to the UN John Bolton.
Ambassador welcome it's so great to have your expertise on this we were missing you -- -- yesterday.
Let me ask you first there's a lot of talk out there today about whether.
Iran would really be behind this what would its motive be.
How on earth could it be so bold and why would it take on the United States in section in your face manner do you believe.
Perhaps more important than whether I believe it is that the Obama administration believes that for two and a half years this administration has been starry -- In its approach to Iran nigh eve to the point of endangering our interest.
Giving -- run the benefit of every doubt to try and find a way to negotiate with them over the nuclear weapons program.
And yet we've seen in the past 24 hours there doesn't seem to be any doubt at the highest levels of the Obama administration that this was an Iran -- plot now.
Why would the Iran -- do it.
Remember the target at least the first target appears to be the Saudi ambassador to the United States.
And I think that's part of the larger struggle between Iran and Saudi Arabia within the Islamic world within the region in the Middle East for hegemony.
It is certainly true it's very brazen to think that they would -- and carried out on American soil.
But I think that explains why they were taking the that's seemingly incredible step of talking to the Mexican drug cartels to actually carry out the assassination attempt.
Something they could then take credit -- if -- were successful but have a lot of distance from no fingerprints hopefully from their perspective.
After the they hit went down so so imagine their perspective on the outcome.
They -- the Saudi ambassador to the United States they humiliate the United States by doing it on -- territory.
And they're sufficiently detached from it that it's hard if not impossible for us to retaliate what's not to like about that if you're in Iran and.
Of course now they are coming out denying it has surprisingly Iran and whether whether that's real or just you know what they normally do they're calling -- -- childish game saying we are trying to cover up our own problems here in the United States.
And they've written to the UN to express their outrage over the allegations against them in the meantime ambassador you've got the White House we have yet to hear from President Obama.
They said Joseph Biden out on the morning shows today to say all options are on the table but the administration response thus far.
Is it too.
By -- engage in a new in a global campaign to isolate to further isolate Iran is that the right response.
You know I think one -- -- explanations for why Iran thought they might be able to get away -- this is they believe the Obama administration is weak.
And what is Secretary Clinton said about what our response to this assassination plot would be she said we're gonna send them a strong message.
You know I used to joke -- for diplomat said the State Department that -- send it saying we're gonna send Iran a stiff note.
So will see and -- -- France's.
Right I think the the real.
Import of this assassination attempt is what it tells us about the character -- nature the essence.
Of the regime in Tehran and it's not a regime that's going to change its behavior.
Because of external pressure it's not in particular gonna give up its nuclear weapons program so if you don't like and Iran and its prepared.
To put the Saudi ambassador in mortal peril.
Imagine the risk were all going to be under if they get nuclear weapons and that's what the focus on a bit.
Do you think this speaks to their their possession of a -- in any -- in other words.
Might they have a new -- more and be sitting there thinking we can take risks like this because.
We know we can fight back.
But you know I think there's a lot we don't know about their nuclear weapons program you hear all kinds investments when they're gonna get nuclear weapons and and a lot of them push that point pretty far down the road.
Which is an excuse for more efforts which will fail -- a diplomatic resolution of the problem.
I've never believed we can estimate with precision when they're actually gonna have a nuclear weapon and I think sang with confidence.
You know they are seventeen and a half months away.
Leads to the risk that they're gonna cross that line and have the weapons and then we won't be able to take necessary steps to it to prevent it.
So the fact is they're too close already however close they are it's too close and if we.
Missed the fire bell in the night that this assassination attempt.
Demonstrates if we lose our focus on their nuclear weapons program now.
In exchange for a meaningless statement or resolution by the UN Security Council.
Then then I think we're gonna pass the point where we can really effectively stop them from getting a nuclear weapons capability.
Ambassador Bolton thank you so much.
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