"Other intelligence officials indicated that while there was no evidence of other Iranian plots in the United States, Mr. Clapper’s remarks were intended to put both the Iranians and the American intelligence community on notice that high priority would be given to ferreting out information about possible plans to stage attacks in this country.
Mr. Clapper said that the suspected assassination plot “shows that some Iranian officials — probably including supreme leader Ali Khamenei — have changed their calculus and are now more willing to conduct an attack in the United States in response to real or perceived U.S. actions that threaten the regime.”" NY Times
I did enjoy seeing Petraeus sitting in a subordinate position at the table. That must have hurt. But, on the other hand, Clapper is clearly covering his a-s against the possibility of an Iranian action in the US. Feinstein is, of course, against whomever Bibi is against.
The now almost legendary suspected plot against Adil (the chihuahua) Jubeir remains a very doubtful thing. It has Zimmerman telegram written all over it. To use THAT for evidence of Iranian intentions towards the US is enabling of deep suspicion.
At the same time the judgment that AQ has been largely disemboweled gets little play. pl