Iran Says: Spirit? What Spirit? We’re Preparing For War!

As Scott noted this morning, President Obama complains that Iran has violated the “spirit” of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action by launching ballistic missiles and calling for the destruction of Israel. Earlier today, Iran responded to Obama’s rather pathetic lament:

Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Hassan Firouzabadi blasted US President Barack Obama for his remarks against Tehran’s implementation of the nuclear deal, and said he is raising excessive demands.

We studied the details of the nuclear agreement and didn’t see anything but its text and don’t have any information about its spirit,” Firouzabadi said, addressing the Chief of Staff’s commanders and officials in Tehran on Tuesday, following the US president’s call on Tehran to work on the spirit of the July nuclear deal.

Is it possible that Obama fails to understand the utter contempt in which he is held by Iran’s leaders?

Meanwhile, Iran also explained, helpfully, that it is preparing for war with the U.S. and its allies:

Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Commander Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari has said Iran is preparing for all-out war with the US and its allies, and has vowed Iran will continue advancing and testing its ballistic missile program.

Speaking at a gathering of senior IRGC commanders in Tehran Tuesday, Jafari declared that the US “would not be able to do a damned thing” in the face of Iranian advances, according to official Tasnim news agency.

Certainly not while Barack Obama is president.

For years, we have been building power on the presumption of a widespread war with the US and its allies, and have developed all our capacities and capabilities for decisive victories over such enemies,” Jafari said.

The top Iranian general also blasted neighboring Arab states for what he termed as “stupid behavior,” in opting to align with Israel and the United States against Iran.

“Regimes like Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and their peers are symbols of modern political underdevelopment, and the IRGC… has made preparations for response to their rudeness and stupid behavior, which stems from (their) reliance on the US power,” he stated.

U.S. power? What power? One is tempted to agree that the Gulf states that have lined up with the U.S. against Iran may have miscalculated.

One thing you can say for the mullahs: they don’t make any secret of their intentions. No doubt, at this moment, Obama administration staffers are puzzling over this cryptic pronouncement–“For years, we have been building power on the presumption of a widespread war with the US and its allies, and have developed all our capacities and capabilities for decisive victories over such enemies”–and wondering what it really means.

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