Some of the details regarding Iran’s plot to murder the Saudi ambassador to the United States are still murky, including who ultimately gave the order to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard’s secret Quds Force. But the implications aren’t. By any standard, planning to blow up the ambassador of an American ally, on U.S. soil, in a manner certain to kill American citizens, is tantamount to an act of war. And anyone who has deluded themselves into thinking that Iran would never be so reckless as to use a nuclear weapon if it acquired one should have no more doubts.
All the same, as NR’s Andrew C. McCarthy has pointed out, Americans are feeling a little gun-shy these days, given the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Any proposal to deal with Iran that involves dropping bombs or sending troops would be (in the words of the Japanese foreign minister when President Obama proposed publicly apologizing for the bombing of Hiroshima) a “non-starter.” Nor is the current occupant of the White House likely to take such steps. After all, we know President Obama learned about the plot back in June — and that he still saw going to the U.N. to ask for sanctions as the best way to deal with the murderers in Tehran.
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