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Cheney: Why didnít Obama just destroy the drone when he had the chance?
Hot Air ^ | December 13, 2011 | Ed Morrissey

Posted on 12/13/2011 12:50:43 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

That’s a good question — and according to former VP Dick Cheney’s contacts, Barack Obama didn’t lack for options to keep the highly-classified drone from falling into the Iranian military’s hands. In an interview with CNN’s Erin Burnett, Cheney wonders why Obama didn’t order an air strike on the downed aircraft while he still had the chance:

(VIDEO AT LINK)

“The right response to that would have been to go in immediately after it had gone down and destroy it,” he said on CNN’s “Out Front with Erin Burnett.” Instead, Cheney said, “he asked nicely for them to return it. They aren’t gonna do that. … Or, they’ll send it back to us in pieces after they’ve gotten all the intelligence out of it they can.” …

Cheney, who served with former President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2009, said he “was told the president had three options on his desk and he rejected all of them.” The options all involved destroying the drone on the ground.

“You can do that from the air,” he said. “And, in effect, make it impossible for them to benefit from having captured that drone.”

Iran doesn’t seem inclined to even return the pieces. Their defense minister has declared the drone “Iran’s property,” and says they won’t return it to the US — a not-unexpected answer, given the fact that we were using it to spy on them. Thanks to Obama’s decision to leave the drone intact for the Iranians to seize, there’s little point in denying that fact.

What will the Iranians do with it? State-run TV in Iran announced that the military plans to reverse engineer it and “mass produce” their own spy drones. Wired finds that unlikely, even if the Russians and Chinese pitch in to help for their own commercial purposes:

In other words, the Russian, Chinese and Iranian experts will probably try to figure out the “recipe” for the RQ-170′s alloys and non-metal composites, which help minimize the drone’s radar signature, as does its bat-like shape. And that’s where reverse-engineering starts to get complicated. “Someone will figure out the [materials'] composition,” the Boeing engineer explains, “but producing them is entirely a different matter.”

For the drone vivisectionists, it only gets worse. After examining the (alleged) RQ-170′s airframe, they will likely focus on its sensors. We don’t know for sure what devices the Sentinel carries, but it could include video cameras and a ground-mapping radar. The Darpa robot designer says the RQ-170′s radar — if it carries one — could share subsystems with the radars on the latest F-22 and F-35 stealth fighters, which might give U.S. adversaries some insight into how those planes operate, too.

But the designer isn’t too worried. “Even if [the radar] showed up completely intact, they may not know how to use it because they don’t know how to use the software.” Moreover, the software includes classified anti-tamper measures. At least, it’s supposed to, according to the Boeing engineer. “Dumbest thing in the world if it didn’t.”

Well, perhaps we have nothing to worry about — or perhaps the two nations with the most expertise in copying American military systems will find a way to duplicate that success with the RQ-170. If so, we have given away a significant strategic and tactical advantage, apparently because the Commander in Chief refused to pull the trigger to safeguard its secrets.


TOPICS: Government; Military/Veterans; Politics
KEYWORDS: cheney; china; congressasleep; drone; iran; irandrone; nationalsecurityfail; obama; obama457states; obama4iran; treason; typicaldnctreason; typicalobamatreason
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What more evidence do we need that he is not on our side?
1 posted on 12/13/2011 12:50:55 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Exactly. As I said this act by itself is enough to disqualify Obama from the Presidency.


2 posted on 12/13/2011 12:52:55 PM PST by Parley Baer
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That would have been anti-islamic. barry doesn´t play that. I think he wanted to give it to them.
3 posted on 12/13/2011 12:53:45 PM PST by onedoug (lf)
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“Cheney: Why didn’t Obama just destroy the drone when he had the chance?”

Only two possible answers:

1.) Too stupid to think of something so logical
2.) The drone was meant to be right where it is now

4 posted on 12/13/2011 12:53:45 PM PST by SMARTY ("The man who has no inner-life is a slave to his surroundings. "Henri Frederic Amiel)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

add this to the OBL copter....


5 posted on 12/13/2011 12:54:05 PM PST by himno hero (Obamas theme...Death to America...The crusaders will pay!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

You are presuming Zero has a backbone.

He would have run and hidden if he could. He has the same maturity as a grade school kid who sent a baseball through the neighbor’s window.


6 posted on 12/13/2011 12:56:26 PM PST by Hodar ( Who needs laws; when this FEELS so right?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Because he wanted to give his Islamist Brothers a holiday gift.He just forgot the ribbon.


7 posted on 12/13/2011 12:56:53 PM PST by puppypusher (The World is going to the dogs.)
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To: Hodar

Ha! That’s funny. My brother broke a neighbor’s window with a baseball and ran around bragging to the whole neighborhood


8 posted on 12/13/2011 12:57:36 PM PST by SMARTY ("The man who has no inner-life is a slave to his surroundings. "Henri Frederic Amiel)
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9 posted on 12/13/2011 1:01:14 PM PST by PhilDragoo (Hussein: Islamo-Commie from Kenya)
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Dick Cheney...The Shadow Knows...


10 posted on 12/13/2011 1:01:35 PM PST by jessduntno (The Republican elite hates him, Rove hates him, Boehner hates him, liberals hate him. It's Newt!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I just hope the eventual nominee has the b***s to use this as a campaign issue against King Barry (p*** be upon him).


11 posted on 12/13/2011 1:02:13 PM PST by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their President is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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Don’t worry, Barry asked the Iranians to give it back. Problem solved.


12 posted on 12/13/2011 1:02:39 PM PST by Hugin ("Most time a man'll tell you his bad intentions if you listen and let yourself hear"--Open Range)
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To: jessduntno

I’d like to know why Cheney didn’t pop the kenyan in the nose when he had the chance?! Looked ready to.


13 posted on 12/13/2011 1:03:41 PM PST by albie
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

For the same reason on his very first day in office he tried to close down Gitmo and why he wants the biggest mass murderer in US history, Khalid Sheik Mohamed, tried as a US Citizen with full Constitutional rights so he can be aquitted. Oh yes-Then assisting Libya overthrow Khaddafi so it can go 100% Islamo-Nazi and suing Arizona for enforcing it’s immigration laws, and oh yes; Immediately overturning Don’t ask don’t tell when it was found out a homoseuxal was resposible for the biggest military security breach in US history. And Cheney is asking WHY our first foreign born first Islamic President didn’t destroy the drone?


14 posted on 12/13/2011 1:04:27 PM PST by GrandJediMasterYoda (Nancy Pelosi - The #1 reason why we need a Constitutional amendment for Congressional drug testing.)
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For the same reason on his very first day in office he tried to close down Gitmo and why he wants the biggest mass murderer in US history, Khalid Sheik Mohamed, tried as a US Citizen with full Constitutional rights so he can be aquitted. Oh yes-Then assisting Libya overthrow Khaddafi so it can go 100% Islamo-Nazi and suing Arizona for enforcing it’s immigration laws, and oh yes; Immediately overturning Don’t ask don’t tell when it was found out a homoseuxal was resposible for the biggest military security breach in US history. And Cheney is asking WHY our first foreign born first Islamic President didn’t destroy the drone?


15 posted on 12/13/2011 1:04:50 PM PST by GrandJediMasterYoda (Nancy Pelosi - The #1 reason why we need a Constitutional amendment for Congressional drug testing.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The big question.


16 posted on 12/13/2011 1:05:17 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: albie

“I’d like to know why Cheney didn’t pop the kenyan in the nose when he had the chance?! Looked ready to.”

Yep. He hated just looking at that jug eared son of a bitch.


17 posted on 12/13/2011 1:06:23 PM PST by jessduntno (The Republican elite hates him, Rove hates him, Boehner hates him, liberals hate him. It's Newt!)
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18 posted on 12/13/2011 1:11:52 PM PST by RitchieAprile
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Why dont you all leave the undocumented Impostor alone
on this?

He was playing golf and fundraising.

Maybe he even had to work with Holder to have the
DOJ “remove” a few witnesses, here and there.


19 posted on 12/13/2011 1:11:59 PM PST by Diogenesis ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. " Pres. Ronald Reagan)
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I’d like to know why Cheney didn’t pop the kenyan in the nose

He just did...

20 posted on 12/13/2011 1:15:13 PM PST by mwilli20 (BO. Making communists proud all over the world.)
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