Buchanan: Iranian Plot Smells Fishy

Wednesday, 19 Oct 2011 08:21 PM

By Martin Gould and Ashley Martella

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The alleged Iranian plot to kill the Saudi ambassador to Washington by getting members of a Mexican drug gang to blow up a restaurant as he ate has raised more questions than answers, according to conservative commentator Pat Buchanan, author of the new book, “Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025 ”

“This all has an aroma of fish to me,” the former presidential candidate told Newsmax.TV in an exclusive interview. “It just doesn’t sound right.
Buchanan said Manssor Arbabsiar, the only person so far arrested for planning to kill Ambassador Adel al-Jubeir, did not seem like a typical, highly-trained Iranian operative.

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“This character, this Iranian-American, is a smoker, a drinker, a chaser, a loud guy that boasts about things, a failed used-car salesman. The idea that the Iranians would designate him to contact the cartels in Mexico, and the guy he contacts happens to be a DEA agent?”

He admitted that the $100,000 put into an FBI-controlled bank account did provide some evidence of a plot but not enough to convince him that Arbabsiar was prepared to blow up the restaurant killing al Jubeir, and, potentially, dozens of American.

“I don’t know what’s behind it, or who’s behind it, but certainly if an explosion like that had taken pace in Washington, my old hometown, and you kill all those people, you’d have the B-2s over Tehran the next day.”

Buchanan also said he has doubts that Iran is trying to get a nuclear bomb as such a thing would put the country in great peril.

“I am not sure and the intelligence community has not said frankly that Iran is going for an atomic bomb and I don’t know that they are. I don’t know what that would do for them because the Turks would get one, the Saudis would get one, the Israelis would put 100 nuclear weapons on a hair trigger.

“So before we rush into another war, we’re in a couple of mistaken causes already, before we rush into another war, we better be sure about this one and I’m not sure.”

(Editor's Note: Get Pat Buchanan's New Book, "Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025?" — Go Here Now.)

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