Sea change in rhetoric: Iran now calls U.S. forces ‘target,’ not threat

Sea change in rhetoric: Iran now calls U.S. forces ‘target,’ not threat
Iranian small boat swarm with missile launch. (File) YouTube, IRINN

[Ed. – In conventional military terms, U.S. calls Iran “annoyance.”  Of course we take the rhetoric shift seriously; the main import is for what Iran can or will do asymmetrically.]

A senior Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander said on Sunday the U.S. military presence in the Gulf used to be a serious threat but now represents a target, the Iranian Students’ News Agency (ISNA) reported. …

The USS Abraham Lincoln is replacing another carrier rotated out of the Gulf last month.

“An aircraft carrier that has at least 40 to 50 planes on it and 6,000 forces gathered within it was a serious threat for us in the past but now it is a target and the threats have switched to opportunities,” said Amirali Hajizadeh, head of the Guards’ aerospace division.

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“If (the Americans) make a move, we will hit them in the head,” he added, according to ISNA.

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