BLITZER'S BLOG: Why would Iran target Saudi ambassador?
October 12th, 2011
04:00 PM ET
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BLITZER'S BLOG: Why would Iran target Saudi ambassador?

(CNN) – Even if the Justice Department and the FBI are proven correct about their allegations against "elements" of the Iranian regime, we may still never know why they may have wanted to kill Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United States, Adel al-Jubeir, a man I've known for many years.

Back in late 2002 when he was national security adviser to then-Crown Prince (and now King) Abdullah, he was very helpful to CNN and me during our live coverage from the Prince Sultan Air Base near Riyadh. At the time, the U.S. military had some 5,000 troops and dozens of warplanes based there – as the Bush administration geared up for the invasion of Iraq.


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soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. WiredweirdinSF

    Pretty much sounds like the SEIU trained Iran like they did Obama.

    October 12, 2011 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  2. vic , nashville ,tn

    Simple Ahmadinejad and the Grand Ayatollah are two big bullies in that region.

    October 12, 2011 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    Maybe we were supposed to think that someone else did it.

    October 12, 2011 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  4. Chris

    Iran knows that Obama is a spineless liberal who loves Muslims and is scared to make a decision.

    October 12, 2011 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  5. u4t4fjjd

    Is that really a question? Fine! Here's the Answer... Because that nut head Ahmadenijad (if that's how he spells his name) is in power, duh. That's the best reason why. He threatened Israel with War. He says the US Federal Government caused 9.11. What a dumb leader!!!

    October 12, 2011 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  6. gg

    because the mexican drug lords said they would

    October 12, 2011 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  7. T'sah from Virginia

    It's OBVIOUS – Iran wants to start a war with Saudi Arabia and what would be more effective than using the United States as "ground zero????" Maybe Iran has WMD they want to test out!!

    October 12, 2011 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  8. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    The tea party has become the Bubonic plague on our country. Sit back you sleazy, lying, limp wristed teabaggers, and see how a real president wages war on terror.

    October 12, 2011 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  9. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Can you imagine a teabagger or republican saying Obama is spineless, and then have to defend Mttens the flip flopping liar?

    October 12, 2011 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  10. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    It looks like Murdoch and Fox need to pay more money to terrorists to attack America.

    October 12, 2011 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  11. Rick in OP

    We have been letting Iran get away with way too much for way too long. An Iranian made 107mm rocket almost killed my son last Christmas Eve while he was serving in Iraq. Many other American soldiers have been killed and wounded by Iranian supplied munitions in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Prior to the Carter Administration we used to have a CIA who would take care of these vermin. It is time for payback.

    October 12, 2011 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  12. The Greedy Old Pigs have lost their minds!

    Fakes News will be particularly upset and give this lots of air time because its second largest shareholder is Saudi Arabian.

    October 12, 2011 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  13. Griff

    "This is a simple question and answer: If Iran can come to the USA under the shield of the UN, they can do what they want, and then just deny they had anything to do with everything. This is the Middle East! Just as the (so called) west, has gone throught the past cengtrury, the Arab's have been switching sicdes for decades. Any date/time any Arab country, can switch! They are the Old-Slave-Driven Nation of Billions!"

    October 12, 2011 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  14. Rick McDaniel

    Simple.........make the US seem incompetent to protect him from such an attack.

    You seriously needed to ask this question?

    October 12, 2011 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  15. Griff

    East and West friendy relations swith the Arab's, go back as far as: The Darly Arabian and the Byerly Turk, and that's jusgt about as much dialog there is is! All they really want to talk about with thed USA, is who's going to win the Breeders Cup! If you can do that, you have a friend for life!"

    October 12, 2011 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |