A senior Iranian commander said that the US is moving on a path of decline, and added that the United States’ heavy spending to maintain its hegemony in the region has actually backfired as it has resulted in the interest of the Islamic Republic.
"It is now 10 years that the US has been spending money but earns nothing. That is why it has the largest debt, i.e. $16trillion, among the world governments," Lieutenant Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Brigadier General Hossein Salami said, addressing a conference here in Tehran on Sunday.
He pointed to the $3,000bln cost of the US war in Iraq, and said Saddam’s overthrow and expulsion of the anti-Iran terrorist group, the Mojahedin-e Khalq Organizations (MKO), have gifted Iran with "political interests".
Salami further stated that the US has been defeated in all the wars that it has waged against other countries, while all its plots against Iran have failed.
"Thus, we believe that the US is through with the climax of its power and is now moving on a downward slope and its result will be seen soon," he concluded.
In relevant remarks earlier this month, Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani said Iran enjoys such a powerful and vast regional influence that it cannot be ignored by the world powers
"In the past, Iran had been known as a US-backed power … but today it has reached a point that no world power can ignore its influence in the region," Larijani said at the time.
"Today, Ian has achieved a scientific and technological power that the West has resorted to adventurist moves against the Iranian nuclear and missile academy in the last few years to hinder this growing scientific trend," the Iranian speaker said.