While you can view the interview below, Paul Roberts brings up some very good points. During the Cold War, the CIA had used a significant number of resources in coming up with creative and unhappy endings for inconvenient foreign leaders. And in this current political climate, an assassination attempt would be labeled as a necessary step in the war on terror.
More recently, the CIA has characterized its assassination program as part of the war on terror. Instead of assassination, alleged terrorists are part of a program of “targeted killing.”
“Times have changed,” opines the Times. “Our president now interrupts regularly scheduled broadcasting to announce the news of an assassination himself.”
If Putin falls victim to an assassination, however, Obama and the CIA will not take credit. Blame will be placed on a rogue group, as Roberts indicates, and possibly a terrorist organization.
Prior to the Russian operation in Syria, the Islamic State’s Chechen military commander, Umar al-Shishani, threatened to target Putin and Russia.
In 2014 a former CIA official suggested the removal of Putin, by assassination if necessary, should be the primary objective of the Obama administration in its strategy for Ukraine.
This feud that the Obama Administration has with Putin is petty and ridiculous. If this is how the United States governments treats people who don't fold to their will, the future looks mighty bleak for American citizens.