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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and former CIA director John Brennan traded barbs regarding the killing of Iran's top nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh.
"This was a criminal act & highly reckless. It risks lethal retaliation & a new round of regional conflict," Brennan wrote on Twitter. "Iranian leaders would be wise to wait for the return of responsible American leadership on the global stage & to resist the urge to respond against perceived culprits."
"I do not know whether a foreign government authorized or carried out the murder of Fakhrizadeh," Brenna continued. "Such an act of state-sponsored terrorism would be a flagrant violation of international law & encourage more governments to carry out lethal attacks against foreign officials."
"These assassinations are far different than strikes against terrorist leaders & operatives of groups like al-Qaida & Islamic State, which are not sovereign states," he tweeted. "As illegitimate combatants under international law, they can be targeted in order to stop deadly terrorist attacks."
Cruz reacted by saying, "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. Does Joe Biden agree?"
It’s bizarre to see a former head of the CIA consistently side with Iranian zealots who chant “Death to America.”… https://t.co/jUiCIT3Z1v— Ted Cruz (@Ted Cruz)1606506808.0
Gosh, I touched a nerve. Facts matter. FACT 1: you’ve admitted, in 1976 you voted for the Communist candidate for… https://t.co/znuCOpjkFI— Ted Cruz (@Ted Cruz)1606585708.0
The only coherent answer is NO, neither Biden nor Gen. Flynn violated the Logan Act bc it’s unconstitutional—which… https://t.co/759tzjEm99— Ted Cruz (@Ted Cruz)1606589986.0
Terrorists murdered an eminent Iranian scientist today. This cowardice—with serious indications of Israeli role—sho… https://t.co/oCDn9PmA2C— Javad Zarif (@Javad Zarif)1606490927.0
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