Ex-CIA Deputy Director: Iran May Attack The United States ‘Soon’
Former acting and deputy CIA director Michael Morell believes that the drone strike that killed Qassem Soleimani will lead to “dead civilian Americans,” according to CBS News.
Iran has vowed revenge after President Donald Trump personally ordered the targeted killing of one of Iran’s top military leaders.
“Soleimani was an evil genius, he had a lot of American blood on his hands,” Morell said. “The world is a better place without him. THe problem is that comes at a very high cost. Number one, there will be dead Americans, dead civilian Americans, as a result of this. Possibly over the next few days in any place where Iran has its proxies, Iraq is the most likely place, but also Lebanon, Bahrain, other places in the Middle East.”
Although Morell said that Iran would lose the battle if they responded with a military strike on U.S. forces in the region, he believes that Iran will choose different targets.
“At a time and place of their choosing, they’re going to conduct a terrorist strike that kills a senior American official,” he said. “And that could be anywhere in the world.
The killing of Soleimani set a dangerous precedent that senior officials are fair game in the “hybrid, not-et-at-war kind of scenario that we’re in with Iran,” according to Morrell.
“So, yes it’s good that [Soleimani’s] gone, but it comes at an extraordinarily high price. And that’s why the Bush administration and the Obama administration chose not to do something like this,” he continued.
“There is some chatter on social media about the Iranians having already announced his successor,” Morrell added. “It’s his deputy. It’s his longtime deputy of 22 years. Same philosophy, same ideology. Not the same charisma, but the same approach. So I don’t think we’ll see a change in Iranian behavior as a result of Qassem Soleimani’s death.”