Ted Cruz goes after Brennan for bizarrely criticising hit on Iranian zealot: ‘Does Joe Biden agree?’

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U.S. Senator Ted Cruz found it “bizarre” that former CIA director John Brennan was actually upset over the reported assassination of an Iranian nuclear scientist.

The Texas Republican slammed Brennan for his Twitter meltdown over the death of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh who was seen as the architect behind Iran’s nuclear weapons program. Brennan, like other Obama-era officials, raised eyebrows with his fiery reaction to the death of the man appointed in 2018 as the director of the Islamic Republic’s nuclear project.

Brennan slammed the ambush shooting of Fakhrizadeh as a “criminal act & highly reckless” in a tweet on Friday after Iranian state television confirmed his death.

“It risks lethal retaliation & a new round of regional conflict,” he wrote, adding a highly inappropriate shot at President Donald Trump by suggesting it would be “wise” for Iranian leaders to “wait for the return of responsible American leadership on the global stage.”

And while Brennan told Iran it would be best to “resist the urge to respond against perceived culprits,” he had no issue with responding himself without evidence or further reports. Although Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif blamed Israel for the attack, neither that nation nor the U.S. has yet officially commented on the incident.

Brennan, who served as the director of the CIA between 2013 and 2017, slammed the attack as “an act of state-sponsored terrorism” and a “flagrant violation of international law.”

Brennan came under fire for his over-reaction and Cruz let him have it on Twitter.

“It’s bizarre to see a former head of the CIA consistently side with Iranian zealots who chant ‘Death to America.’ And reflexively condemn Israel,” the senator tweeted Friday.

Brennan fired back, accusing Cruz of having a “simple-minded approach” to national security.

“It is typical for you to mischaracterize my comment. Your lawless attitude & simple-minded approach to serious national security matters demonstrate that you are unworthy to represent the good people of Texas,” the former CIA director tweeted.

He also touted his so-called record of “commitment to Israel’s security” and his “efforts to counter Iran’s malign activities” in a subsequent tweet after complaining that Cruz was “misrepresenting the Logan Act.”

Journalist Glenn Greenwald had also wondered if the FBI should investigate Brennan for Logan Act violations, reminding Democrats that it’s “exactly” what they accused former national security adviser Michael Flynn of doing.

Former Obama deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes was also called out for his reaction to the death of the Iranian.

Despite the many liberals who applauded Brennan’s jab at Cruz on social media, many other Twitter users were clear that his vehement criticism of the incident in Iran was not a good look.

 

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