The Leader of the Islamic Revolution on Monday lashed out at US presence in the Persian Gulf, stressing that American forces would be better off staging their drills in the Bay of Pigs.
“They say that Iran should not hold war games in the Persian Gulf. What a foolish remark!” Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said, seemingly in response to an April 28 resolution by the US Republican Representative Randy Forbes regarding Iranian naval actions in the Persian Gulf.
“What are you doing in the Persian Gulf? The Persian Gulf is our home,” the Leader told a group of teachers, according to the Leader’s website.
“They come here from the other side of the globe to stage military drills. What are you doing here? Go back to the Bay of Pigs and hold your exercises there,” Ayatollah Khamenei added.
The Leader seemed to be sarcastically alluding to the Bay of Pigs Invasion, a failed military invasion of Cuba undertaken by a CIA-sponsored paramilitary group in 1961.
A counter-revolutionary military force, trained and funded by the United States government’s Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Brigade 2506 fronted the armed wing of the Democratic Revolutionary Front (DRF) and intended to overthrow the increasingly communist government of Fidel Castro.
Launched from Guatemala, the invading force was defeated within three days by the Cuban Revolutionary Armed Forces, under the direct command of Prime Minister Fidel Castro.