Following the assassination of one of Iran’s top nuclear scientists, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, former Obama CIA Chief, John Brennan, and other left-wing Democrats lashed out on Twitter over the weekend, calling the attack “reckless and dangerous.” The attack comes as events in the Middle East have heated up over the last year, amidst the planned withdrawal of the United States military from Iraq and Afghanistan.
Reports started surfacing late last week about the assassination of the scientist, starting with former Obama CIA Director John Brennan slamming the killing on Twitter:
“This was a criminal and highly reckless act. It risks lethal retaliation, and a new round of regional conflict. Iranian leaders would be wise to wait for the return of responsible American leadership on the global stage & to resist the urge to respond to against the perceived culprits,” Brennan tweeted on November 27 at 2:02 pm.
Brennan was Obama’s CIA Director from 2013 till 2017. Under the Obama administration, there were numerous Iranian scientists assassinated.
Brennan wasn’t the only Democrat to condemn the attack, and other Democrats came to his defense, like Ilhan-Omar. Omar tweeted the same day on November 27, “Speaking out against violations of international isn’t partisan issue, it’s also not being on the side of Iran. It’s about balance, and not plunging the world, into more chaotic state then we’re already in.”
No claims of responsibility have been made yet, but there have been strong accusations of Israel being behind the attack. Hossein Dehghan an Iranian politician and adviser to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, said “In the last days of gambling ally’s political life, the Zionist seek to intensify and increase pressure on Iran, to wage a full-scale war.”
There have been several reports of how the attack occurred. The first report suggests Fakhrizadeh was driving to his parent-in-law’s house in Absard, Iran, a town East of Tehran, when he was stopped by a truck bomb. After the blast, Fakhrizadeh got out to inspect what was happening, and he was ambushed by a group of gunmen who overtook his three bodyguards and fatally shot the scientist. The second version of the event is said to have had a truck stop the scientist’s car and riddle him with a remote-controlled machine gun that was mounted on top.
Democrat Senator Christ Murphy of Connecticut tweeted, “If the primary purpose of killing Mr. Fakhrizadeh, was to make it harder to restart the Iranian Nuclear Agreement, then this assassination does make America, Israel or the rest of the world safer.”
There is anticipation that if and when Joe Biden is sworn into the Oval Office, that he’ll attempt to overturn many of President Trump’s accomplishments, including getting back into the Iranian nuclear agreement, and this attack will make a new deal with Iran virtually impossible.
President Trump withdrew from the Iranian nuclear deal in May 2018, a deal he long criticized, saying the United States came at it from a position of weakness
The Iranian Nuclear deal was touted as a major accomplishment of the Obama administration and Vice President Biden.