The drone should have self-destructed or been obliterated by a cluster-bomb — preferably when the Iranian recovery team was gathered around the wreck site. Instead Obama meekly asks for the drone’s return?! Lovely!
From the pics, the drone looked undamaged.
0bama delivered it to them, giftwrapped,
just as Clinton gave China the ability to drop a nuke anywhere in the world - an ability they didn’t have before.
This could have not come at a worse time for Obama.
This is just too absurd and the final icing on the cake for me. The “O” man HAD to have placed the drone on their doorstep in the middle of the night like Santa Claus. One thing after another, Mr. Obama has crippled our National and Foreign agenda. It has all been just too surreal, too incredibly back wards and damaging at every step. I think now, more than ever, that “our” POTUS is the most successful one man sleeper cell the enemy has ever planted in our country, from his very conception...which was where again?
If the drone had "self destructed" the Iranians would have taken the cadaver of a two year old killed in a traffic accident and photographed it among the wreckage. I cannot believe that anyone in the U.S. military would ever have conceived of building a drone like this without assuming that some of them would fall into unfriendly hands. I cannot believe that the response to the loss was improvised by the U.S. military. They must have been fully prepared for this eventuality and accepted it as one of the costs or risks of such an operation.
Going all hellfire and sending in troops and warplanes after a pilotless drone negates the value of a pilotless drone.
Rigging the thing to self destruct is a two edged sword. Besides the cost and weight associated with the self destruct mechanisms, you have the problem of handling and maintenance, plus inadvertent and unnecessary losses associated with false alarms. While the current situation is far from ideal, I think it is about the best we can hope for and actually shows our advantages.
An official request was made for its return.
That request was refused.
Now America should simply take it back. However necessary. It was attacked, if this is war, then it is war. This is rapidly becoming another Iran hostage situation.
Obama is Carter. All over again.