Today’s Questions for the President

by Peter Kirsanow

Yesterday two Iranians, including a member of the Quds Force special operations unit, were charged with plotting to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the U.S. by blowing him up in a Washington, D.C., restaurant. Attorney General Eric Holder stated that the U.S. would hold Iran accountable for its actions in the plot.

How do you plan to hold Iran accountable? Do you consider the Iranian plot to bomb a U.S. restaurant an act of war? If not, would it have been an act of war had the plot succeeded?

Are you still willing to negotiate with Iran without preconditions? Are you still willing to grant Mahmoud Ahmadinejad entry into the U.S.? Do you maintain that your failure to support the Iranian Green Movement in 2009 was not a significant mistake?

In light of the Iranians’ willingness to plant a bomb in Washington, D.C., do you now consider a nuclear Iran unacceptable? Is a military option to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon off the table?