General Yahya Rahim Safavi, a senior advisor to Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and former commander of the IRGC, said in an interview with the Fars News Agency (Iran) on June 2, 2019, that war with Iran would be very costly for the Americans and that as soon as such a conflict would begin, the price of oil would exceed $100 per barrel, which he said America's allies cannot bear. General Safavi also explained that Trump's military experts would advise against war with Iran because they know Iran has an unpredictable "strategy of surprise" and that it would "land a crushing a shocking strike" on U.S. forces. He added that the U.S. will ultimately leave West Asia and that the Arab nations should not trust the U.S. because it eventually tramples its servants underfoot like it did the Shah, Hosni Mubarak, and Qadhafi.
Yahya Rahim Safavi: "Trump has transformed security into an economic issue. If it does not pay off economically, he will never enter a war with Iran. He knows that any war with Iran is bound to fail, and that it would be very [costly] on the economy. With the first bullet fired in the Persian Gulf, the price of oil would exceed $100 per barrel. Can the U.S., Europe, and America's friends like Japan and South Korea bear this price for oil?
"If Trump asks his military experts, who have the experience of the wars in Afghanistan and in Iraq, they will definitely say 'no' [to war]. They know that Iran has a strategy of surprise, and that it can strike [in a way] that can cause a shock. It is an unpredictable strategy of causing shock. They know that Iran has not revealed many of its military capabilities, and that it would land a crushing and shocking strike on the foreign forces.
"I say to some of the Arab nations: Were the Americans loyal to the Iranian Shah? Were the Americans loyal to Hosni Mubarak? Mubarak was dependent on America. Was America loyal to Mubarak or to Libya's Qadhafi? Libya loaded all its missiles and nuclear equipment on ships, but the Americans attacked and ousted Qadhafi nonetheless.
"The Americans are not loyal to their servants. When the time is right, they will trample their servants underfoot. The Americans will leave this region. As the Leader has said, they must leave West Asia."