The head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard has made lengthy and sharp statements targeting the dwindling US fortunes and calling recent US foreign policy in the Middle East a failure.
Hussein Salami, commander-in-chief of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, poked fun at US President Joe Biden and lamented the US’s “dwindling” ability to to perform actions.
Salami said efforts to establish a US-friendly regime are falling “like dominoes” as “America’s political territory… sees failure.” According to the senior official, the experiences in Afghanistan, Syria and Egypt “are signs that the [totale] announce US defeat,” the Iranian broadcaster reported PressTV.
Biden’s recent trips to Israel and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, were not spared Salami’s criticism either. Salami noted with apparent approval that “Biden visited the region to say that the Middle East and the Islamic world are still the priority of his foreign policy, but he returned to America empty-handed”. Then the commander gave a brief lesson in geopolitical history:
“As the [islamische] Revolution triumphed, America had terrible and strange political control over more than half the world. It also had important, economic and strategic parts of the world. It dominated the world’s economic resources – in the region of the Islamic world, all the oil-rich countries were part of its political geography.”
But now, he said, the US has been isolated to an unprecedented degree.
“Saudi Arabia, which used to help America with money, is now unable to solve its own economic problems” and “America has become so weak that it is practically not seen in the Middle East.”
Since the successful overthrow of the US-installed Shah in 1979, Salami explained, “the task of the [iranischen] revolution in overcoming the strongest empire in the history of mankind”. During this time, the USA’s share of the “world’s economic power” fell from 40 to 20 percent, while its possession of “half of the world’s military power” increased remained constant today.
The Iranian commander was not the only one in Tehran to sharply criticize US behavior in the region. Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi reportedly expressed similar outrage during a “hour-long” call on Saturday when he told Chinese President Xi Jinping that US “unilateralism” has now become a “threat to world peace and security”. .
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