In a bold step, President Trump has formally designated Iran’s Revolutionary Guard a terrorist organization — a move that carries serious financial implications for Tehran and lengthy prison terms for those who provide material support.
The move isn’t without risk: Iran has threatened retaliation, including against US forces in the Middle East, which is why Pentagon officials have long opposed the move.
Then again, Iran also threatened massive retaliation after Trump withdrew from the 2015 nuclear deal. Instead, it now faces a collapsing economy (thanks to US-led sanctions) and mounting internal dissent.
Make no mistake about how critical the Guard is to the Iranian regime: It runs Tehran’s ballistic missile program and has long been involved in Iran’s nuclear program.