If there’s one thing the current government of the United States knows about, it’shedgefunds. Which makes the shock of recognition—seeing themselves in their most hated adversary—almost too much to bear. This may explain President Trump’s sputtering, all-caps fury towards Iran yesterday morning, echoed in more than 280 characters by his secretary of state.
Khamenei, Pompeo alleged, maintains a personal off-the-books hedge fund worth $95 billion, that is untaxed and used as a "slush fund" by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Crops.
Not paying taxes? Slush funds to silence opponents and threats? Mr. Supreme Leader, these are the exclusive province of capitalist would-be despots, and not to be used in service of the religious regimes they do not like.
And while we’re on the subject, we’re not flattered by the following forms of imitation, either.
"To the regime, prosperity, security, and freedom… are acceptable casualties in the march to fulfill the Revolution," said Pompeo….
"The level of corruption and wealth among regime leaders shows that [the country] is run by something that resembles the mafia more than a government," Pompeo said.
"These hypocritical… men have devised all kinds of crooked schemes to become some of the wealthiest men on Earth while their people suffer…."
"The regime's revolutionary goals and willingness to commit violent acts hasn't produced anyone to lead… that can remotely be called a statesman.
Cut it out.