Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Commander-in-Chief Hossein Salami spoke about the United States and Israel in his latest speech.
“Our enemy is in a state of flight and defeat,” Salami said. “Today you see the news of the Zionist regime and how it is in a political collapse, and if you look at the United States, they are thinking of an honorable exit and cannot stay in the Islamic world.”
Salami continued, “Today the enemy is depressed, withered and bored with pursuing their goals and looking for an exit.” He said the United States did not believe Iran would continue to resist it for 44 years and “empty-handed spread the Islamic revolution.”
He said the United States could continue to sanction Iran “so that the drugs do not reach our boys and girls”, but everyone knows that “the enemy does not want any good for us”. He also predicted that Iran will soon be “one of the world powers”.
Salami’s reference to Israel’s “political collapse” appears to refer to Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s government and another round of elections in Israel. In reference to the US exit from the “Islamic world”, as Salami put it, it is obvious to most observers that the US is trying to minimize its military footprint in the region. However, to say that the United States is “coming out” of the Middle East is a misinterpretation of the events unfolding.
President Joe Biden, after criticizing Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and vowing to make him an outcast, has stepped down from his post and plans to meet him on a trip to the region. It’s unclear what will be discussed, but some observers believe Biden is hoping for more oil production to lower gas prices for Americans. There has also been speculation that Biden will offer Saudi Arabia and possibly the United Arab Emirates as well a security pact that would commit US troops. If true, it certainly suggests that rather than leaving the region, the United States would commit to staying longer.
The security pact would protect these countries from Iran or its proxies. While Iran and the Arab countries of the Persian Gulf are not at war, tensions over Iran’s nuclear program and possible US or Israeli military strikes could certainly put these countries in the crossfire. Biden has campaigned to re-enter the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, also known as the nuclear deal, with Iran, but differences remain between the two sides. Meanwhile, the United States continues to add sanctions against Iran while Iran continues to increase its nuclear program and reduce its cooperation with inspectors.