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
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 Iranâ€™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, â€śMore false-flag nonsense. Did they ever find WMD's in Iraq? Let's make up some crap about Iran to avert attention away from Holderâ€™s Fast and Furious scandal. The sheeple will eat it up. Baaa.â€ť
goodyweaver responded, â€śSo, 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.â€ť
BinaryTruth said, â€śDid 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.â€ť
Tobias79 said, â€śIt's sad that I trust Iran more than the US government.â€ť
bbgocats responded, â€śReally? Really?â€ť
chanceflight responded, â€śIt 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.â€ť
EdR1 said, â€śWhy 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.â€ť
jgooding said, â€śThey 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!â€ť
James said, â€śI 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?â€ť
Chrispy69 said, â€śBecause, 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...â€ť
rocky4144 said, â€śThis 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?â€ť
eekthecat13 said, â€śSending 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, â€śSad, sad propaganda. Is anyone buying this?
jrm03063 said, â€śI 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.â€ť
gravispad said, â€śWow, 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?â€ť
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