No News is Bad News. Join the SA Current Press Club.

Saturday, November 28, 2020

Former CIA chief calls Ted Cruz ‘unworthy' to serve Texas during Twitter fight over killing in Iran

Posted By on Sat, Nov 28, 2020 at 9:11 AM

  • Courtesy Photo / U.S. Senate
  • U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz

Former CIA director John Brennan called Sen. Ted Cruz “unworthy to represent the good people of Texas” after the two engaged in a heated Twitter exchange over the ambush killing of a top Iranian nuclear scientist.

The verbal shoving match started when Brennan, the Obama administration's CIA chief, condemned the killing of scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh in a roadside attack Friday. In a string of tweets, Brennan warned that the "criminal" and "highly reckless" incident could ignite retaliations and new regional conflict.

Cruz — a Republican whose political persona involves frequent flame wars with celebrities and progressive lawmakers — responded by accusing Brennan of siding with "Iranian zealots who chant 'Death to America.'" He also charged that Brennan had chosen to "reflexively condemn Israel."

The latter accusation came even though Brennan's tweets never mentioned Israel. What's more, the former CIA official said he was unsure whether a foreign government was involved in the attack. 

Brennan didn't hold back in his response, blasting Cruz for mischaracterizing his remarks. "Your lawless attitude & simple-minded approach to serious national security matters demonstrates that you are unworthy to represent the good people of Texas," he tweeted.

In a followup tweet, Brennan added that he strove during his career to ensure Israel's security and "counter Iran's malign activities."

"Aside from his tiresome rhetoric, what has Senator Cruz ever done?" Brennan asked, articulating a question many Texans have spent almost eight years pondering.

Stay on top of San Antonio news and views. Sign up for our Weekly Headlines Newsletter.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

San Antonio Current works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of San Antonio and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep San Antonio's true free press free.

Read the Digital Print Issue

February 24, 2021

View more issues


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.


© 2021 San Antonio Current

Website powered by Foundation