Well, yours was an interpretation of sorts too, because you picked an ambivalent, borderline case whose very nature lends itself to and indeed calls for some interpretation.well , you are sayin your interpterion ... I'm just quoting what he directly said ...
I cited Sepah generals, who are the ones in charge of putting into practice the Leader's military guidelines and adopting them to each specific situation. Now Sepah officials made it abundantly clear that Iran will not just sit idle watching the US assemble a fully fledged invasion force against Iran.
So this doesn't really leave many doubts as to whether or not Iran would simply allow a massive US military build up to materialize against her.
Unchecked, short-sighted aggressiveness can often lead to foolish, counter-productive decision making. Saddam offers a great example of this.He wasn't aggressive when he was young , old age make people more passive ... people tend to forget how old he is ...
Seyyed Khamenei's highly calculated, balanced, deeply thought out and yet principled, focused and staunchly determined style of decision making however, which takes into account the long-term as much as the short- to mid-term, has had the result of effectively deterring the global superpower from military aggression against Iran, and of allowing Iran to progress on practically all fronts despite the unprecedented hostility she is facing.
Also, individual psycho-analytical assessment is not sufficient to adequately explain political realities.