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Iran’s alleged assassination plot against a U.S. diplomat should have both parties up in arms

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Washington Post

Iran’s alleged assassination plot against a U.S. diplomat should have both parties up in arms

Opinion by Hugh Hewitt
Contributing columnist

The Politico report on Sunday about a possible Iranian plot to kill the U.S. ambassador to South Africa, Lana Marks, should have been a blockbuster coming out of the Middle East. But it has been overshadowed by the breakthrough in relations between Israel and the Arab world, superintended by President Trump and his team.

The White House signing ceremony for the agreement called the Abraham Accords, with Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates normalizing relations with the Jewish state, was a historic moment and merited all the attention it received. Yet the Politico story, and its implications, deserve plenty of discussion too.

“The Iranian government is weighing an assassination attempt against the American ambassador to South Africa, U.S. intelligence reports say, according to a U.S. government official familiar with the issue and another official who has seen the intelligence,” reported Nahal Toosi and Natasha Bertrand. The reaction was instantaneous and bipartisan, as it ought to have been.

Former supreme allied commander of NATO and retired Navy Adm. James G. Stavridis declared Tuesday that should Iran act to harm any ambassador or indeed any American, the U.S. response should be “immediate and overwhelming.” Trump himself commented late Monday, on Twitter, about the threat: “Any attack by Iran, in any form, against the United States will be met with an attack on Iran that will be 1,000 times greater in magnitude!” A clear message made even clearer Wednesday.

House Armed Services Committee member Mike Gallagher (R-Wis.), who served in Iraq as a Marine, amplified the Stavridis formula Wednesday morning, saying a U.S. response to any attack on any American should be “immediate, overwhelming and disproportionate.”

Full Story https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/09/17/irans-alleged-assassination-plot-against-us-diplomat-should-have-both-parties-up-arms/

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