Phoenix, AZ – Arizona Republican Party Chairman Randy Pullen hailed as a decisive step in the war against terror President George W. Bush's expected decision to designate Iran's elite 125,000 member Revolutionary Guard Corps as a "specially designated global terrorist" organization.
"The Revolutionary Guard is responsible for kidnapping fifteen British soldiers earlier this year, for interfering in peace operations and supporting terrorist activities in Iraq, for supplying the explosive devices that have led to the deaths of U.S. servicemen in Iraq, for supporting terrorist organizations in Lebanon against Israel, and for leading Iran's attempts to acquire ballistic missile technology and nuclear arms," Pullen said, referencing published articles and reports.
The Bush response to Iran comes amid growing concern that neither the Democrat Congress nor the United Nations will be able to contain Iran's growing terrorist influence in Iraq, nor the apparent Iranian determination to scorn all international pressure to abandon its renegade nuclear program which threatens to drastically upset the delicate and tenuous balance of power in the Middle East.
Iran has been listed as a “state sponsor of terrorism” since 1984 and this classification as a “specially designated global terrorist” organization by President Bush will dramatically undercut the Revolutionary Guard's ability to conduct business around the world," Pullen said. "They possess a global business network that finances their terrorist activities in Iraq and elsewhere, and President Bush has sent a strong signal that the days of 'business as usual' are over.
"The political gamesmanship in Washington needs to end. It is time for all our elected officials to back President Bush and win the ‘War on Terror’," said Pullen. "The President has our trust, our support and the thanks of Arizona Republicans who are standing with him and with our soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and guardsmen serving valiantly at home and abroad each day to make our nation and our world a safer place."