Ayatollah Khamenei made the remarks in a meeting with the top commanders and officials of the Iranian Armed Forces on Sunday.
The Leader voiced his satisfaction with the continuous progress in the Iranian Armed Forces over the years and described as “absolutely necessary” the readiness of the Armed Forces for deterring enemies and their vigilance against the behind-the-scene plotters.
“Arrogant powers wage a conflict from behind the scenes wherever benefits them.”
“Paying close attention to the enemy’s five- or ten-year schemes is necessary, but mid- and long-term plots should be considered and monitored.”
Referring to the Zionist regime’s current situation as another example of the failure of the enemies, Ayatollah Khamenei said, “The Zionist regime’s anti-Palestinian operation during last year’s Ramadan was not met with any special reaction in the world, but this year, demonstrations were held even in the United States and England against its crimes.”
Touching upon the two wars the United Sates started in the east and west of Iran about two decades ago, Ayatollah Khamenei said, “Americans had interests in Iraq and Afghanistan, but their ultimate goal was the Islamic Iran, and, due to the solid foundations of the Islamic Revolution, they failed in the cases and their ultimate goal.”
“Therefore, the enemy can be defeated with all its seemingly solid calculations and military power,” the Leader said.
Ayatollah Khamenei, however, said it was imperative not to underestimate the enemy. “At no stage should one ignore the enemy’s machinations and plans.”
At the end of his speech, the Leader called on the intellectual centers of the Iranian Armed Forces to focus on innovation in designing robust, rational and effective strategies and policies.