On Sunday, July 22, Pompeo dubbed Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and the rest of Iranian Regime’s theocratic government “hypocritical holy men”, highlighting that they had amassed hundreds of millions of dollars of wealth from their ruling positions.
He then advised that this vast corruption that has allowed the accumulation of wealth among the leaders of a “violent” regime indicates that Iran is “something that resembles the mafia more than a government”.
Pompeo then advised that the “regime in Iran has been a nightmare for the Iranian people”, during his “Supporting Iranian Voices” speech at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute in Simi Valley, California.
The crowd was incredibly receptive to Pompeo’s remarks, especially when he promised that the US would continue to support the “long-ignored voice of the Iranian people” and “spotlight the abuses” perpetrated against Iranians by the Regime.
These comments were similar to those of Donald Trump, who tweeted his support for the Iranian protesters earlier this year and has routinely highlighted the abuses against the people of Iran by the Regime, especially in his speech before the UN General Assembly in 2017.
It should also be noted that this corruption is something that the Iranian people have been taking a clear stand against during their ongoing protests. The people, upset that their money is being stolen and used to bankroll the mullahs’ lifestyles or ploughed into foreign warfare, have been loudly calling for regime change and even the deaths of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani.
In July, Trump pulled out of the 2015 nuclear deal, otherwise known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), citing its various flaws and promised sanctions against Iran, which start coming into force on August 6. Pompeo promised that these sanctions would continue to target Iran’s banking and energy sector, with the goal of reducing Iran’s oil exports to “zero” by November 4.
The people of Iran support sanctions against the Regime as this will help to tank the economy and leave less money for the mullahs to use to suppress the people’s protests. Then the people will be able to overthrow the mullahs and bring democracy to their country.