By David Gardner, international affairs editor
There is presumably some substance to it; it is the US attorney general and head of the FBI announcing the charges, and the Obama administration is clearly taking the plot very seriously.
But there are obvious objections. Why would Iran so up the ante in its three decades-long cold war with the US, by carrying out an outrage on American soil? While what we are accustomed to thinking of as the Tehran theocracy is no monolith, and a rogue operation is possible, what urgent motive could there be to strike the US and the Saudis now? Read more