Iran leaders state their plan is to overthrow Israel and liberate Palestine, even in the midst of a crucial vote on a nuclear arms deal with the United States and the global community.
Brigadier General Mohsen Kazzemeini, a senior commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps and a leading commander in the Tehran province, said on Sept. 2 that Iran will not stop building up its military. In fact, Kazzemeini told operating units in Tharallah Drills at the Iranian capital that it will continue until Israel no longer exists, he said.
“They (the US and the Zionists) should know that the Islamic Revolution will continue enhancing its preparedness until it overthrows Israel and liberates Palestine,” Kazzemeini said.
The comments were made in light of several revelations about Iran’s military build up. There are at least 250,000 volunteer forces, called Iranian Basiji, that are organized into 250 battalions. Those fighting forces began drills this week in Tehran to practice warfare against what they called “security threats.”
Another one of Iran’s military leaders has also boldly stated that the U.S. will not be able to control Iran in any way.
“The US officials make boastful remarks and imagine that they can impose anything on the Iranian nation because they lack a proper knowledge of the Iranian nation,” said Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan on Sept. 3
Congressional members opposed to the Iran deal, headed by Republicans, took a blow on Sept. 3 as President Barack Obama gained 34 Senate votes required to overturn a presidential veto. That is significant because the GOP has legislation, including an amendment to the negotiated agreement with the Islamic country, which would make the deal with Iran moot. The president said he is prepared to veto legislation.
Republican leaders, although disappointed with the decision of Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) to become that 34th vote, said the fight to end the deal isn’t over. Cory Fritz, a spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner, said getting the crucial vote to allow the deal to go through was disappointing, but also said “this deal is far from being implemented.” It is no secret the American people do not want the deal, Fritz said.
“Forcing a bad deal over the objections of the American people and a majority in Congress is no win for President Obama,” he said.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said representatives on both sides of the aisle will have to work together to deal with the negative outcomes of the deal for years to come.
“While the President may be able to sustain a veto with the tepid, restricted and partisan support of one third of one house of Congress over Americans’ bipartisan opposition, it will require a bipartisan Congress to strengthen our defenses in the Persian Gulf and to stand up to the inevitable Iranian violations of the agreement that will need to be addressed after he has left office,” McConnell said.
McConnell is convinced that ending the deal may have to wait until after the 2016 presidential election.
“And because it is not a treaty, it can and should be revisited by our next president,” he said.
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