CIA Director Gina Haspel reportedly pushed for Soleimani's killing - and perfectly predicted Iran's response




  • In World
  • 2020-01-09 15:10:00Z
  • By The Week
CIA Director Gina Haspel reportedly pushed for Soleimani\
CIA Director Gina Haspel reportedly pushed for Soleimani\'s killing - and perfectly predicted Iran\'s response  

The Trump administration reportedly knew exactly what would happen when it killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani.

Okay, so it may have just been the prediction of CIA Director Gina Haspel that Iran would retaliate with airstrikes on Iraqi military bases holding U.S. troops. But it was partly based on her analysis that the U.S. decided to assassinate Soleimani in the first place, administration officials tell The New York Times:

In the days before General Suleimani's death, Ms. Haspel had advised Mr. Trump that the threat the Iranian general presented was greater than the threat of Iran's response if he was killed, according to current and former American officials. Indeed, Ms. Haspel had predicted the most likely response would be a missile strike from Iran to bases where American troops were deployed, the very situation that appeared to be playing out on Tuesday afternoon. [The New York Times]

The Times is careful to point out that "Haspel took no formal position about whether to kill General Soleimani," but "officials who listened to her analysis came away with the clear view that the C.I.A. believed that killing him would improve - not weaken - security in the Middle East." Read more at The New York Times.

More stories from theweek.com
The world is abandoning America
Trump wants to know 'How are your 409K's doing' in this 'all-time high' stock market
Poll: 55 percent of Americans think Trump killing Soleimani made the U.S. less safe

COMMENTS

More Related News

Russia, China and Iran meddling in US elections, top intelligence official says
Russia, China and Iran meddling in US elections, top intelligence official says
  • World
  • 2020-08-07 23:06:37Z

Statement says China is opposed to Trump but offers more concrete evidence of Russia's efforts to undermine BidenRussia is backing Donald Trump, China is supporting Joe Biden and Iran is seeking to sow chaos in the US presidential election, a top intelligence official has warned in a sobering assessment of foreign meddling.The statement on Friday by William Evanina, director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center, raises fears of a repeat of the 2016 election, when Russia manipulated social media to help Trump and hurt his opponent Hillary Clinton."Russia is using a range of measures to primarily denigrate former Vice President Biden and what it sees as an anti-Russia...

Bipartisan group of senators introduce bill to stop Trump from allowing drone sales to Saudis, fearing an arms race with Iran
Bipartisan group of senators introduce bill to stop Trump from allowing drone sales to Saudis, fearing an arms race with Iran
  • World
  • 2020-08-07 21:02:58Z

The senators are concerned selling drones to the Saudis could exacerbate the Yemen conflict and fuel an arms race with Iran.

Election Security Officials Warn of Chinese, Russian, and Iranian Interference
Election Security Officials Warn of Chinese, Russian, and Iranian Interference

China, Russia, and Iran are attempting to influence the U.S. general elections via propaganda and other means, according to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.While China and Iran are trying to sway the outcome against President Trump, Russia is attempting to prevent a victory for Joe Biden. The conclusions are based on assessments from the U.S. Intelligence Community."We assess that China prefers that President Trump - whom Beijing sees as unpredictable - does not win reelection," William Evanina, director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center, a branch of the ODNI, said in a statement on Friday. "China has been expanding its influence...

US intelligence warns China opposes Trump
US intelligence warns China opposes Trump's re-election but Russia is working against Biden
  • World
  • 2020-08-07 20:09:02Z

US intelligence agencies have issued an update on election meddling which warns that Russia is seeking to undercut Joe Biden but China and Iran are trying to undermine Donald Trump. The statement said that Moscow is using a "range of measures" to "primarily denigrate" Mr Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, who is seen as part of the "anti-Russia establishment". But it also says that Beijing prefers that Mr Trump "does not win reelection" and sees him as "unpredictable", while Tehran is opposing the president due to his hardline "pressure campaign" towards it. The remarks were issued by William Evanina, director of the US National Counterintelligence and...

Russia trying to undermine Biden in election, White House intelligence report says
Russia trying to undermine Biden in election, White House intelligence report says
  • World
  • 2020-08-07 19:26:18Z

Report from the director of National Intelligence's office says Russia is seeking to undermine Biden; China and Iran also interfering in the election.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Comments

Top News: World