Thomas Erdbrink, Washington Post:
TEHRAN — An Iranian scientist involved in purchasing equipment for the Islamic Republic’s main uranium-enrichment facility was assassinated Wednesday when a magnetic bomb attached to his car exploded in morning rush-hour traffic, Iranian media reported.
Iranian officials accused the United States and Israel of orchestrating the attack, which also killed the scientist’s driver.
“The United States strongly condemns this act of violence and categorically denies any involvement in the killing,” State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said.
The only correct response for the State Department would have been, “The State Department can neither conform nor deny involvement.” Iran is not our friend and it should not be the role of the State Department to make our enemies feel better. Call it what you will, this is not smart diplomacy. Then it is Mrs. Clinton’s State Department.
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