The United States on Tuesday accused Iranian officials of plotting to murder Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the United States in a bizarre scheme involving an Iranian-American used-car salesman who believed he was hiring assassins from a Mexican drug cartel for $1.5 million... "The idea that they would attempt to go to a Mexican drug cartel to solicit murder-for-hire to kill the Saudi ambassador, nobody could make that up, right?” (Hilarity Clinton) asked. - NewYork Times, 12th October
Well now. Let's observe that the Iranian mullahs and their funtionaries really are crazy - they believe that they are the true recipients of God's wisdom and are the moving hand of His divine plan for the universe. There's a lot of that shit around these days, but assassination is a key tool of repressive regimes and the Iranians are alarmingly good at espionage.
On the other hand, what have the Iranians been doing this last decade? Exactly what you'd expect a sly hostile power to do when its neighbours are invaded - sit tight and manipulate the situation to their maximum advantage; quietly consolidate their control over proxies in those nations, arm their allies to the teeth etc.
And now, out of the blue, they appear to have paid a Yankee car salesman to hire some Mexicans in order to whack an eminently expendable minor Saudi official, regardless of the cost, for reasons that are opaque, at best.
Hmmm. Two explanations definitely do spring to mind here - that either the mullahs have started smoking crack and entirely abandoned their highly successful methodology, or that the FBI have picked up some nut, handed him a wacky bomb plot and then trumpeted his arrest as a major victory over the Terror. For the principal actors, one of these possibilities would represent a decisive break with tradition, while the other is entirely in-character.
I mean, I'm all for frantically ReTweeting tales of horror to gullible readers because We Hates The Iranses, but I do try to hold off on the hysterical premature ejaculation where possible.