Tag: Drone

Gift Wrapped

Christmas came early this year for that scabby faced Holocaust denier gollum who heads the Persian Empire, courtesy of our terror warrior in chief, check this out:

Ummmm, obviously this will need confirmation but wasn’t the original story that the errant drone kinda got lost on it’s own, strayed from it’s course and just wandered off? This implies that the drone was intentionally sent into Iranian airspace to sniff out the air and spy on their nuclear reactor progress, which, if true, makes our idiocy even louder. Send in a drone to spy on an avowed enemy, knowing that the drone will on it’s own land intact outside of radio control, brilliant.

All that other stuff about Obama nixing all the attempts to retrieve what experts have described as a veritable treasure trove of military technology, far advanced and highly prized by our other enemies, now we see that he has reverted back to that wavering equivocating bumpkin we saw with the Maersk Alabama/Capt. Richard Phillips rescue attempt from those sea pirates, that, and the interminable delay going after OBL.

Upsetting the Iranians (how could they get more upset with us?, giving the OK for the Jews to bomb their nuclear reactors, like that is going to happen), or retrieving valuable military technology that would be very damaging to national security if it was compromised, seems like a no brainer to me:

“With early knowledge that the aircraft had likely remained intact, the senior U.S. official also told Fox News that President Obama was presented with three separate options for retrieving or destroying the drone. The president ultimately decided not to proceed with any of the plans because it could have been seen as an act of war, the official told Fox News.”

“Among the options the U.S. considered were sending in a special-ops team to retrieve the drone; sending in a team to blow up the aircraft; and launching an airstrike to destroy it.”

Which indicates that there was some sort of homing device on the drone and that they knew exactly where it had landed.

Some mitigating circumstances that could bolster the president’s decision; if the location of the downed drone was so precarious as to put any rescue attempt in specific harms way or any attempt at an air strike was ruled out because of close proximity to civilians or an Iranian air base where an air conflict was likely to have taken place.

This sure does sound reminiscent of the Gary Powers incident. Nobody likes being spied on, but this incident might have been fixed.

Hey, Anyone See My Missing Drone?

Having sophisticated (expensive) super secret spy shit is nice to have, keeps you one step ahead of your enemies, unless, of course, you are so careless as to not keep track of your new toys:

Iran’s Press TV on Thursday broadcast an extended video tour of the U.S. spy drone that went down in the country late last week–and it indeed looks to be intact.

American officials have acknowledged that an unmanned U.S. reconnaissance plane was lost on a mission late last week, but have insisted that there is no evidence the drone was downed by hostile acts by Iran. Rather, they said, the drone likely went down because of a malfunction, and they implied the advanced stealth reconnaissance plane would have fallen from a high altitude–the RQ-170 Sentinel can fly as high as 50,000 feet–and as a result, wouldn’t be in good shape.

Iranian military officials have claimed since Sunday they brought down an intact American spy drone–and now they are giving tours of the drone, in what is sure to be another humiliating poke in the eye for U.S. national security agencies.

That drone the Iranians now have looks in pretty good shape to me. What the article omits is that these drones are built to, after a certain amount of time outside of communications with base, to find a level area and land on it’s own, oops.

The video tour may also be a move to bid up the price Iran could receive for sharing the highly sophisticated American stealth drone technology with countries such as China and Russia.

Gee, ya think?

A couple questions from a rube civilian not trained in the nuances of espionage, since we know that this is an unmanned drone-controlled from a distant command station and that malfunctions do happen, why was there no homing device built in? Why no self destruct mechanism in place? Why no effort to track this drone down and if found to retrieve it (or destroy it with an air strike) so that years (and boatloads of dollars) of research and technology is not wasted? Why were not contingency’s in place to counter an eventuality that sometimes unmanned drones go off on their own and keeping an avowed enemy from valuable military hardware might be something that we should plan for?

I also got a kick of that “Who’s On First?” redux between the pentagon and the CIA when word forced surface that a valuable sophisticated drone was missing and probably in the hands of the Iranians.

Boy, do we look dumb.