Iran Claims It Has Reverse Engineered One of Obama’s Spy Drones

Sunday, April 22, 2012

President Barack Obama’s fixation with drones is well known. Unmanned aerial vehicles, commonly referred as drones, go back to at least 1916. However, the U.S. military application of drones didn’t accelerate until 1959 when the Air Force, concerned about losing pilots over hostile territory, began planning to use drones in combat.

Mr. Obama’s goal of $487 billion in defense cuts over the next decade means a leaner Pentagon budget will mean the military will rely increasingly on special ops, cyber warfare and drones to protect the U.S. and American interests.

No president has embraced the use of drones more than Barack Obama. As a point of comparison, in the five years leading up to the Mr. Obama’s presidency, the U.S. had launched 44 drone attacks, all of which were focused on Pakistan and which killed 400 people. Since taking office in January, 2009, that number has soared to more than 240 strikes with at least four times as many people killed.

In December, 2011, with much media fanfare, Iran announced to the world they had captured an American RQ-170 stealth spy drone that recently crashed in Iran. While the Obama administration tried in vein to walk back the importance of the event, today Iran stunned the west by announcing they had reverse-engineered the American drone and began building its own copy.

If true, Iran’s announcement marks a significant propaganda and military set-back for the U.S. and Israel.

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6 Responses to Iran Claims It Has Reverse Engineered One of Obama’s Spy Drones

  1. Arizona Leatherneck says:

    This is a tough one for me.

    On the one hand, military spending is out-of-control. The military, industrial complex is like a drug addict siphoning money out of the US Treasury without oversight or accountability. If we can really slash a half-a-trillion from the military over 10 years, I’m all for it.

    But I have a belief system that says, if a war is worth fighting, then we should be able to fight it on the ground and not play video games from the safety of some office in the Pentagon 10,000 miles away from the conflict.

  2. Marburg says:

    Obama should be impeached for letting this happen. He should have attacked and destroyed the spy drone with the Air Force strike team we have in the region instead of asking President Ahmadinejad “please give me our drone back, Mr. Ahmadinejad”. The U.S. looks like a country of frightened sheep and Obama cemented the perception of him in much of the Islamic world as a weak-as-water president who doesn’t know what he’s doing. This is a huge setback for the U.S. and frankly, I am surprised Rep.Darrel Issa hasn’t started impeachment hearings into the matter. Leaving the drone in the hands of the Iranians is a dereliction of Obama’s Oath of Office.

  3. Fran says:

    Ahh yes but this is yet another excuse/reason to strike up a war with Iran. They are chomping at the bit & posturing to provoke a war there for quite some time & siince they just happen to be in the region….

  4. retahyajyajav says:

    Fran – That thought crossed my mind too.

  5. Pechanga says:

    Romney’s budget would cut Social Security, Medicare reimbursement, food stamps, school lunches, crop subsidies, supplemental security income for very poor seniors and disabled people.

    But, he would reverse Obama’s cuts to the military basically returning a blank check to the Pentagon.

  6. Brigadoon says:

    Now Obama can tell Congress he needs more money to fund the creation of spy drone technology to keep ahead of the Iranians. So much for the heralded cuts to the Pentagon budget. And so it goes.

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