Overheard on CNN.com: Terror plot a Saudi issue, not a call to war
U.S. officials are determining how to handle relations with Iran after a plot to assassinate Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United States was foiled.
October 12th, 2011
12:20 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Terror plot a Saudi issue, not a call to war

Comment of the morning:

"When we kill foreign citizens on foreign soil, it is patriotic. When they do it, it is an act of war." - AlpaChino


Plot to kill Saudi ambassador foiled

After details were released about a plot to assassinate Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United States, Washington is grappling with how to handle relations with Iran. More sanctions appear likely and Rep. Peter King is calling Iran’s alleged involvement an act of war.

CNN.com readers reacted to news of the disrupted plot with much speculation and, regardless of just how involved the Iranian government was, they say action should be taken by Saudi Arabia, not the United States.

hoppinMad1 said, “More false-flag nonsense. Did they ever find WMD's in Iraq? Let's make up some crap about Iran to avert attention away from Holder’s Fast and Furious scandal. The sheeple will eat it up. Baaa.”

goodyweaver responded, “So, so happy your comment is at the top - suggests that maybe, just maybe, Americans are sick to death of this crap. Even if it's not a false flag, this is certainly not worth going to war over. I don't personally care about a conflict between Iran and Saudi Arabia. They're both oppressive nightmares. Let them have each other.”

BinaryTruth said, “Did any of you actually read the article? It is Republican Peter King who is making the case for military escalation - not Eric Holder. If this were a false flag to draw attention from Barack Obama's AG the Republicans, especially King, would be first in line to tell you that.”

Tobias79 said, “It's sad that I trust Iran more than the US government.”

bbgocats responded, “Really? Really?”

chanceflight responded, “It is sad, but it's true. Iran makes sense. It seems like since the Occupy Wall Street protests are getting bigger and expanding across the country, it's a good time to make a distraction.”

EdR1 said, “Why does the US have to do a damn thing? It was a Saudi Ambassador who was threatened. Saudis should say thank you to the US for helping stop it and then do whatever the hell they want to do. Why do the leaders of the US feel like they have to get into every dispute that comes along? To spend more of MY tax money maybe on the war machine? No thank you.”

jgooding said, “They tried to attack the Saudi Ambassador TO the United States. They didn't try to attack a US Ambassador to Saudi Arabia! The fact that it happened on US soil is our security problem. Let the Saudis go after them and stop spending our tax dollars defending THE REST of the world!”

James said, “I don't think anyone wants Saudia Arabia and Iran to go to war. The impact on oil prices across the world would be insane. If Iran indeed was involved then they will need to pay a price, but we need to be aware of the impact that military action will have on us and the rest of the world. Is the world economy really ready to absorb a full scale war in the Persian Gulf?”

Chrispy69 said, “Because, if true, the plot involved killing of American citizens and possibly congressmen on US soil. We have had plenty of reasons to attack Iran for over 30 years. Reagan should have went in there 30 years ago instead of trading arms for hostages...”

rocky4144 said, “This thing doesn't make any sense. Why would Iranians want to kill a Saudi guy in DC where the chance of success is one in a million and the price they would pay would be tremendous? Are we being set up to get into another war?”

eekthecat13 said, “Sending someone (or something) into a foreign country to assassinate someone you don't like.. uhhm.. isn't that what we've done to a dozen countries in this last decade alone?

HKHodges said, “Sad, sad propaganda. Is anyone buying this?

jrm03063 said, “I hate to agree with Peter King about anything, but, in the strictest sense, he is absolutely right that this is an act of war and that the US has a proper interest in the matter. That said, so do the Saudi Arabians and I have few doubts that we engage in similar stuff against Iran (just much more skillfully). A measured response is needed.”

gravispad said, “Wow, an act of war? Here we go again. Sanctions people! Communicate with others to show Iran that they are alone in the world and can't continue with its nonsense. But an act of war? Talk about knee jerking, listen to the people. Did we really elect these extremists?”

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  1. Sielingfan

    The charge is "elements of the Iranian government," not "Iran." It's very difficult to swallow that Achmedinejad would do something this aggressive while his legitimacy is under question.... it's harder to believe that the Ayatollah, already normalizing relations with various concessions vis a vis the American hikers, the recent news about the Christian "apostate" execution... tough to think that they would push for this. But "Elements?" Certainly. Countries that aren't America have problems that we don't have, such as the Taliban's infiltration of the Pakistani government agencies. Certainly there are those within Iran that possess the means and motive to carry this plot out - Occam's Razor would point the shrewd investigator towards those "elements," and away from the fanciful, typically partisan US-Conspiracy theories. "Occupy" isn't a big enough deal to justify executing a months-long convoluted frame-up under international scrutiny.... it simply doesn't follow.

    October 12, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  2. gung hoe

    U there lee

    October 12, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  3. gung hoe

    Lee them lions are in a diff area code 810 hint

    October 12, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  4. gung hoe

    Lee holler out tryin to getcha somun

    October 12, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  5. saywhat

    Most nations are viewing with skepticism this latest sting operation & see it as a ploy to distract people from real issues, garner support of European allies, China & Russia who had distanced themselves from our stance on Iran. Get Iran to be reviewed as a threat. And of course generate sympathy for Israel who is faced with increasing isolation over Palestinian statehood.
    Let us see how it develops.
    Some up on the Hill, devoid of wisdom or intellect like Rep.King ( who incidentally has been an active supporter of terrorism himself ) & others are already gearing up to start beating war drums.
    God help us.

    October 12, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  6. gung hoe

    Well guess springer is more important i understand

    October 12, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      The detroit lions? They're doing awesome. I'm glad they are NFC. Don't get the 810 thing, though..

      October 12, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Lasantha Pethiyagoda

    Since the discovery of fossil oil and large enough deposits in Saudi Arabia, the US/UK alliance have laid claim to it, offering the autocrats of the Saudi royal family their protection in return for cheap oil. Except for the Shah of Iran, no one after the people's revolution in Iran agreed to submit to US desires. Therefore the West paints Iran as "evil" and Saudi Arabia as "friend". Considering that Middle Eastern dictatorships, via their diplomats convey the wishes of the rulers that the West help them prevent democracy from taking hold at all costs, so too do they urge the US to topple democratic governments and install pro-Western puppet regimes. The Saudi ambassador is no exception. As to whether Iran plotted his assasination; the CIA constantly aids and abetts evil people to get rid of anyone who inspires the masses and stands up against tyranny and exploitation. History is full of their misdeeds that have resulted in millions upon millions of deaths of innocent civilians in poor countries. So the latest fiasco should not come as a surprise.

    Lasantha Pethiyagoda

    October 12, 2011 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Portland Tony

    This assassination plot makes no sense. Why would the Iranian government that has numerous agents of death stationed, as we have been led to believe, try to eliminate an ambassador using a used car salesman and a Mexican drug gang member? And to do it in our nation's capital. No this whole affair just doesn't add up. Maybe a blood feud between families.

    October 12, 2011 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
  9. chrissy

    lee gung ho told u was a hint so write it down, more will follow im very sure

    October 12, 2011 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Bill

    IF, in fact, this all true as presented to us, we need to be sure to involve the Israelis in whatever retaliation may be forthcoming. They've been itching to slam Iran for a long time! (One can only immagine the consequences if this had happened in Israel!) If the story holds up, the world needs to wake up to this country who is an embarassment to Islam and all that the rest of the civilized world stands for.

    October 13, 2011 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  11. Jazzzzzzz

    the Saudis will drive down the price of their to hurt Irans market in the oil game, watch

    October 13, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
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