Former CIA chief John Brennan blew up the murder of Iran’s chief nuclear scientist, calling the assassination “very reckless” and then embroiled in a Twitter war with Texas Senator Ted Cruz over his remarks.
Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was assassinated on Friday when he was shot in an armed car near Tehran. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei vowed revenge on Saturday and vowed to continue the work of a man some call Iran’s Oppenheimer.
“It was a crime and very reckless” tweeted Brennanwho led the CIA under President Obama from 2013 to 2017. “It involves deadly retaliation and a new round of regional conflicts. Iranian leaders would be wise to wait for the return of responsible American leadership on the global stage and resist the urge against the perpetrators. “
Iranian President Hasan Rouhani blamed Israel for the attack.
Brennan said he did not know whether a murder was authorized or carried out by a foreign government, but said: “Terrorism backed by such a state would be a flagrant violation of international law and would encourage additional governments to carry out deadly attacks on foreign officials. . . “
He said the assassinations “are much different from strikes against terrorist leaders and operational employees of groups such as al-Qaeda and the Islamic State, which are not sovereign states. Under international law, they can be targeted as illegal fighters to stop deadly terrorist attacks. “
Cruz criticized Brennan for commenting, tweeting that “it was strange to see that the former CIA leader consistently stood by the Iranian zealots who chanted‘ Death to America ’. And judge Israel reflexively. He also tried to conclude Brennan’s remarks with President-elect Biden.
“It is typical that he mischaracterizes my comment,” Brennan replied, saying that Cruz “has an illegitimate attitude and simple thinking on serious national security issues.”
Brennan slapped Cruz on accusations that no public statements should be made, claiming that his remarks as a private citizen are freedom of speech. “I have well documented my commitment to Israel’s security and my efforts against Iran’s malicious activities during my 33 years of national security work for a republican and democratic administration. Aside from his tiring rhetoric, what has Senator Cruz ever done?