Peter Symonds (WSWS) reports:
Revelations by US Attorney General Eric Holder yesterday afternoon of an alleged Iranian plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador have prompted calls in the American media for retaliation against Iran.
Two men—Manssor Arbabsiar and Gholam Shakuri—have been charged with multiple offences, including conspiracy to murder a foreign official, conspiracy to commit an act of international terrorism, and conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction, namely explosives.
Arbabsiar, an American citizen, was arrested on September 29 with the assistance of Mexican authorities, after months of surveillance. He allegedly met several times with a confidential US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) source, believed by Arbabsiar to be connected to a Mexican drug cartel, to carry out the murder for $1.5 million.
Shakuri, who US officials claim is a member of the elite Quds Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps, is still at large. Arbabsiar only spoke to him over the phone or met with him during visits to Iran.
I don't believe the charges. The whole thing smells like a set-up and I've seen enough of those during the Bush days.
Bush would be riding low in the polls and it was time for us to feel grateful, according to the press, because Bush has yet again protected (scared) us.
It strikes me as another attempt on the part of the White House to help Barack whose riding low in the polls these days.
Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"