A senior U.S. official has confirmed to Fox News that images aired by Iranian state television do in fact show the secret U.S. drone that went down last week in eastern Iran.
“Yep, that’s it,” the official told Fox News. “And it’s intact.”
U.S. officials had been expecting the video to appear. The footage, which shows the aircraft intact, confirms the Iranians have custody of the drone but appears to refute Iranian claims that it shot down the RQ-170 drone.
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.
They’re trying to locate Iran’s nuke sites, and it looks like at least some of the mission has been compromised. NATO had to realize a worst case scenario like this. Iran will probably share the drone and its technological insides with their good buddies the Chinese and Russians.
The next launch should be an all out saturation of MOABs on every single supected nuke site in Iran. Get ’em all to get the right one.
- Iran Shows Video of Captured U.S. Drone (foxnews.com)