IRGC Qods Force Commander General Esmail Qaani said in a December 2, 2021 speech that aired on Ofogh TV (Iran) that gone are the days of "hit and run," when the enemies of Islam and the Iranian Revolution could do as they pleased in the world, and that now they must prepare to "take a beating." He said that the U.S. still has time to choose to withdraw from the region of its own accord, lest it be driven out like it was from Afghanistan. He warned that if the Americans make "the slightest mistake," they will be "punched in the mouth so hard that their teeth will shatter." He emphasized that Iran's ultimate goals are to eliminate U.S. presence in the region and to establish the global rule of the Hidden Imam. The audience chanted: "Allah Akbar! [...] Death to America! [...] Death to Israel!"
Esmail Qaani: "My final message is directed at the enemies of Islam and the Islamic Revolution. Think about a solution for you. Gone are the days when you had the audacity to do whatever you wanted in the world and nobody could stand up to you. Those days are gone. Your 'hit and run' days are gone. If you hit [us], you will have to stand and take a beating to the end.
"We said to the Americans, we repeated the message, and we are saying once again: You still have the time to decide on your own to leave our geographic region, having been humiliated.
"If you do not leave, you will be driven out of this region, in a worse shape than [your banishment] from Afghanistan."
Crowd: "Allah Akabar! Allah Akabar! Allah Akabar! Khamenei is the leader! Death to those who oppose the Rule of the Jurisprudent! Death to America! Death to England!
"Death to the hypocrites and infidels! Death to Israel!"
Qaani: "This is your inevitable path. With the help of Allah, you will be punched in the mouth and banished from the region.
"The blessed blood of our martyrs was shed and they sacrificed their lives on the path that has the final goal of eliminating your existence in the region. With the help of Allah, they will accomplish this.
"The [Americans] understand that if they make even the slightest mistake, they will be punched in the mouth so hard that their teeth will shatter. They understand this.
"This capability was created in our country, Allah be blessed, and [this capability] is progressing. With the help of the Lord, this path of the martyrs will conquer all the relevant targets, one phase at a time, and as I have said, it will reach the final goal of establishing the global rule of the Hidden Imam. Inshallah."