Gingrich: Plot to Kill Saudi Ambassador Shows Obama Is ‘Clueless’ About Iran

By Susan Jones | October 12, 2011 | 8:41am EDT

Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich gestures during a speech at the Values Voter Summit on Friday, Oct. 7, 2011, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

( – Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich says the Iranian plot to kill the Saudi ambassador to the U.S. is a “very embarrassing and difficult moment” for the Obama administration, which has tried to engage with the Iranian regime.

Revelation of the plot “blows up their whole strategy,” Gingrich told Fox & Friends on Wednesday morning.

“When you have a country which has so much contempt for you that it’s actively seeking to kill ambassadors and blow up embassies on your territory – which would be an act of war normally – there’s something profoundly wrong with our approach to Iran, and they’re showing us, by their actions, how weak they think the Obama administration is.”

Gingrich questioned whether the plot will finally get the administration to understand that the current Iranian dictatorship “is our mortal enemy” and believes itself to be at war with the U.S.

“They’re trying to build nuclear weapons because they want to be capable of annihilating Israel and driving us out of the Middle East, and they’re doing things as active allies of Venezuela to actually project Iranian power into the Western Hemisphere, and this administration seems clueless to what’s going on.”

In response to the alleged plot, the Obama administration is expected to press for new international sanctions against Iran.

"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?" Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Tuesday after U.S. prosecutors accused two suspected Iranian agents of plotting to murder Saudi Ambassador to the U.S. Adel Al-Jubeir at a restaurant in Washington, D.C.

Clinton told the Associated Press that she and President Barack Obama want to "enlist more countries in working together against what is becoming a clearer and clearer threat" from Iran.

Obama called al-Jubeir on Tuesday, telling him that the plot is a "flagrant" violation of U.S. and international law, the White House said. The president expressed solidarity with Saudi Arabia and said he was committed to ensuring the security of diplomats in the United States.

The State Department late Tuesday warned Americans around the world of the potential for terror attacks against U.S. interests. It said Iranian-sponsored attacks could include strikes in the United States.

(The Associated Press contributed some of the information used in this report.)

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