The Iraqi prime minister sent a scare through New York City by declaring Thursday that the Islamic State was plotting to launch attacks on subways in the U.S. and in Paris.
Haider al-Abadi dropped the bombshell during a brief meeting with reporters at the United Nations.
“Today, while I’m here, I’m receiving accurate reports from Baghdad, where there was an arrest of a few elements, and there are networks planning from inside Iraq” to attack “in the metros of Paris and the U.S.,” Abadi said.
The plotters are ISIS fighters from France and the U.S. who are currently in Iraq, he said.
“Yes,” Abadi answered when asked if the ISIS attacks were imminent.
“No,” he replied when asked if the plot had been thwarted.
The Iraqi prime minister divulged no other details about the alleged scheme to cause mayhem in the U.S. and France, two countries that have been leading the charge against murderous ISIS militants.
Al-Abadi has his own reasons why he wants Americans in fear over the so-called ISIS threat.
Same goes for Cuomo and Christie, both of whom have jumped on "security" in the past month as a campaign issue.
This has all the earmarks of the "threats" the city faced in the run-up to Bush's re-election in 2004, a "vague" threat warning that politicians running for elections jump on as an election issue even as another wing of the government - the feds - say they have heard of no specific threat to the subways.
Of course New York City is a terrorist target and the subway system one of the more vulnerable areas to attack, so any threat should be taken seriously.
But the rhetoric around this, from the Iraqi prime minister to the New York and New Jersey governors, smells of election year politics to me.