Paul Ryan delivered a blistering speech against President Obama on foreign policy Monday, saying because of the president’s policies, the Middle East looks like Tehran during the mob protests on the U.S. embassy in 1979.

Ryan, speaking in Lima, Ohio, was referencing Nov. 4, 1979, when Islamic revolutionaries in Iran attacked the U.S. embassy and took more than 50 Americans hostage. Ryan said that Obama has failed to fulfill promises to bring peace to the Middle East.

“I mean, turn on the TV and it reminds you of 1979 Tehran but they’re burning our flags in capitals all around the world. They’re storming our embassies,” Ryan said.