[Ed. – Maybe Brennan means “principal nemesis” in a good way?]
Former CIA Director John Brennan said on Tuesday that he never heard any discussion about targeting Qassem Soleimani during Brennan’s time in the Obama administration — even though Soleimani “was my principle [sic] nemesis,” Brennan told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
Brennan [… :]
Because I don’t see what the — either U.S. or international legal basis would be to strike and assassinate a senior government official of a sovereign state.
And so I think, you know, in the Obama administration we were trying to be as lawful as we could be in the prosecution of these efforts. But more fundamentally, I think from a strategic standpoint, there would have been no reason to go forward with this if in fact the calculation was that by assassinating Soleimani you only increase the Iranian ire and it’s a likelihood they’re going to use the capability against us.