Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei “has become a hostage” of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), an elite branch of Iran’s army that has quietly consolidated its economic and political power, a top Iran analyst said Tuesday.
An ally of Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has launched a “countdown to an attack on Israel” following the Jewish state’s launching of an operation to destroy weapons in Syria last month.
“The tide of war is receding,” President Barack Obama is fond of saying. Who’s he kidding? It has not been two weeks since the president’s reelection and already foreign policy crises are metastasizing. Israel’s justified retaliation at Hamas rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip may escalate into the second Gaza war in four years. But the Middle East of 2012 is not the Middle East of 2008. Gaza neighbors an Egypt governed not by the secular dictatorship of Hosni Mubarak but by the religious-inspired democracy of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamed Morsi.
A senior military adviser to Iranian Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said that Israel had brought itself “one step away from the cemetery,” according to Reuters.