Over the weekend the commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards missile force issued what can only be interpreted as a threat. This is from the official Iranian news agency:
Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Aerospace Force Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh said all US military bases in the Middle East are within the range of the IRGC’s missiles, but the country still sees no restriction for boosting its missile capabilities.
“Some of the threats by the US are aimed at appeasing the Zionists, while others are for the purpose of domestic consumption (in the US), but what is important is that they are aware of and acknowledge our capabilities and deterrence power; we do not feel any need to increase the range of our missiles and (our perceived enemy) targets are fully within the range of our missiles,” Brigadier General Hajizadeh said, addressing a group of professors of Iran’s Science and Technology University in Tehran on Sunday.
He pointed to the allegations made about imposing restrictions on Iran’s missile technology, and said, “We do not see any restriction for our missiles and the IRGC’s preparedness and missile drills are conducted without a halt and according to our annual time-table, but only some of them are publicized through the media.”
This is not a news flash to anyone who has been paying attention:
And that range circle will only increase as the UN has effectively lifted the embargo providing ballistic missile technology to Iran.
What is notable about this is the fact that it falls very much in line with what the Russians are accomplishing in Syria. By the use of public statements a narrative is being developed (which, unfortuantely, is all too real) that America is weak and that other powers are now calling the shots in the area. By stating that the US knows its facilities are at risk, which is well known, Iran creates a narrative that we are afraid to retaliate against their provocations in the Persian Gulf and other areas out of fear of Iranian military strength.
The other notable thing is that this is the nation that Obama just gave nuclear weapons to.