UPDATED: President Obama told reporters Thursday that Iran “will pay a price” for assassination plot. What price? How serious will this administration be about neutralizing the Iranian threat?
“We’re going to continue…to mobilize the international community to make sure that Iran is further and further isolated and pays a price for this kind of behavior,” the President said. That sounds like the White House is contemplating diplomatic and economic “prices,” not military.
But an important question needs to be asked at this point. Has the time come for the U.S. to launch pre-emptive military strikes on Iran’s terrorist infrastructure and nuclear facilities? The time has come for President Obama and each of the Republican presidential candidates to explain what concrete and decisive steps they will take to safeguard U.S. national security from the growing threat posed by the mullahs in Tehran.
Iran’s monstrous plot to kill Americans, assassinate the Saudi ambassador in our nation’s capital, and blow up the Saudi and Israeli embassies, was an act of war. FBI Director Robert Mueller told reporters: “Though it reads like the pages of a Hollywood script, the impact would have been very real and many lives would have been lost.”
Indeed, it reads like the pages of my new political thriller, The Tehran Initiative (Tyndale House Publishers), which opens with a deadly Iranian terrorist attack on Arab, Israeli, and American leaders in New York City, and an Iranian regime preparing to use nuclear warheads against U.S. and Israeli targets.
Fortunately, unlike in my novel, U.S. federal agents foiled the real-life plot. Unfortunately, it’s not clear Iran’s leadership is going to pay a price for such evil. The evidence suggests the orders and money came from high-ranking officials in Iran. Yet senior Pentagon officials have already signaled that…. [to read the rest of the column, please click here]
KEY HEADLINES TO TRACK:
- Politico: President Obama comments on the Iran terror plot
- Politico: Sen. McCain says Obama blew it on Iran
- U.K. Guardian: Saudis say Iran must ‘pay the price’ for alleged plot as US resists retaliation
- Reuters: Clinton calls alleged Iran plot “dangerous escalation”
- AP: A top Senate Democrat: Iran plot may be act of war
- Time: Will the Washington Bomb Plot Force Obama Into War With Iran?
- NYT: U.S. Challenged to Explain Accusations of Iran Plot in the Face of Skepticism
- WSJ, Reuel Marc Gerecht: Iran’s Act of War