[Ed. – Mattis says the minimal response by the Obama administration to this 2011 plot was due to Obama’s priority of making a nuke “deal” with Iran. In 2011, the Obama administration was far from open with the public about that being its priority. Conservative media outlets that mentioned reports of secret outreaches to Iran were accused of being conspiracy theorists.]
Mattis says Washington didn’t even inform him when Iran committed an “act of war” on American soil.
The duty officer at his Tampa, Florida, headquarters on Oct. 11, 2011 told him that the attorney general and FBI director had held a press conference to announce the arrest of two Iranians who had planned a bomb attack on Cafe Milano, a high-end restaurant in Washington that was a favorite of the rich and famous, including Saudi Arabia’s ambassador, Adel al-Jubeir. …
Mattis is certain … “I saw the intelligence: we had recorded Tehran’s approval of the operation.”
“Had the bomb gone off, those in the restaurant and on the street would have been ripped apart, blood rushing down sewer drains. It would have been the worst attack on us since 9/11. I sensed that only Iran’s impression of America’s impotence could have led them to risk such an act within a couple of miles of the White House,” he writes. “ … Had that bomb exploded, it would have changed history.”