President Trump has supporters and detractors battling it out over his decision not to certify Iran’s compliance with the nuclear agreement, but few have been as outspoken about the dangers of the Islamic Republic as CIA Director Mike Pompeo. In a speech at the University of Texas on Thursday, Pompeo made it clear that Iran was one of the worst threats to global security on the planet, referring to them as a “thuggish police state” and comparing their Middle Eastern goals to those of the Islamic State.
“Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps are the cudgels of a despotic theocracy, with the IRGC accountable only to a Supreme Leader,” Pompeo said. “They’re the vanguard of a pernicious empire that is expanding its power and influence across the Middle East.”
America’s passive response to Iran’s terrorist ambitions has only emboldened the nation, Pompeo said.
“In recent years, the IRGC has become more reckless and provocative, seeking to exploit the vacuum left by instability in the Middle East to aggressively expand its influence,” he said. “It openly vows to annihilate Israel. And when you look at the death and destruction inflicted in Syria, Yemen, and Iraq by Tehran and its proxies, the threat is clear: Iran is mounting a ruthless drive to be the hegemonic power in the region.”
Pompeo not only compared the theocracy with ISIS, he said that Iran’s threat to worldwide stability and security was far more potent.
“For unlike ISIS and its mirage of a caliphate, Iran is a powerful nation-state that remains the world’s largest state-sponsor of terrorism. The Islamic Republic is Iran’s version of what the caliphate ought to look like under the control of an Ayatollah and his praetorian guard, the IRGC,” he said.
It goes without saying that a rogue nation with a history (and an ongoing record) of supporting terrorism, threatening Israel and the U.S. with annihilation, and violating the human rights of millions cannot be allowed to achieve their nuclear ambitions. But the problem with Iran goes well beyond the bomb. By opening the economic floodgates with the nuclear agreement, the U.S. and its partner countries found themselves complicit in all of Iran’s diabolical plans. And for what? To make sure Iran goes another decade without securing a nuke? At BEST?
It’s time for America to take a long, hard look at the tragedy-in-the-making that is Iran. It’s time for us to stop tacitly funding anti-Israeli terrorism, stop energizing this destructive regime, and stop pretending that we are actually keeping the world safe from Iran’s nuclear ambitions. We need some honest, tough eyes on this problem before it’s too late.