Pentagon: Oh, by the way, Iran fired at a U.S. drone in the Persian Gulf seven days ago

posted at 8:59 pm on November 8, 2012 by Allahpundit

Just something that slipped their mind. Happened five days before a presidential election, they revealed it two days after the election. Perfectly up-and-up.

Here’s the real question: Why’d Iran fire on it?

Spokesman George Little said the incident, which marks the first time the Iranians have fired on a U.S. drone, occurred Nov. 1 at 4:50 a.m. ET. He said the unarmed, unmanned drone was conducting “routine surveillance” over the Persian Gulf when it was “intercepted” by Iran. He said the MQ1 Predator drone, which was not hit, was not in Iranian airspace.

According to Little, two Iranian jets fired twice, missing on both attempts — the drone headed away from the Iranian coast, landing safely soon after at an undisclosed location. The Iranian jets pursued the drone for a short period before giving up…

Little stressed that the drone was flying 16 nautical miles off the coast of Kuwait in international waters, and never entered the 12-mile limit that would constitute Iranian territory.

Top speed for a Predator is 135 mph. How’d they miss?

The temptation here is to wonder whether Iran was trying to bait O into some sort of conflict right before the election. I’m skeptical, just because there are much surer ways they could have done that if they wanted to. In fact, two days ago, Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence published a report on a potential war with Israel that was actually somewhat conciliatory towards Obama:

The report, titled “Reasons and Obstacles of a Military Attack by the Zionist Regime Against Iran,” also makes a clear distinction between positions on Iran’s nuclear program held by the Israeli government and the U.S. administration. It says President Obama “hopes to solve this issue peacefully and through diplomacy.” It goes on to say that Obama does not think Iran’s enrichment program, which Iran insists is solely for peaceful purposes, is an imminent threat and that, in addition to diplomacy, he thinks “severe sanctions” can help control the situation.

With Obama’s reelection Tuesday, there is guarded hope in Tehran and Washington that a solution agreeable to all parties in the nuclear standoff might finally be possible.

Strange tone to take if they’re trying to pick a fight. Either a couple of pilots went rogue, possibly because they misjudged where the drone was vis-a-vis Iranian airspace, or the regime ordered the lamest, most easily ignored sort of provocation in hopes of … forcing an aggressive response? Like I say, if they wanted to do that, why not attack a U.S. ship in the Gulf and guarantee it?

As for why the Pentagon refused to mention this until now, I invite military readers to speculate. If there was some sort of election-related gag order issued, I assume it’s less because O thought revealing this would absolutely hurt him than because it would introduce an element of unpredictability that could go either way. Romney obviously would have used it as evidence of weakness: Iran wouldn’t dare take potshots at an American drone with a Republican in office, etc. Problem is, that argument didn’t do much for him as applied to Benghazi. And given the moronic applause for O’s handling of the hurricane, there may well have been some sort of “rally ’round the flag” effect in the last few days that ended up boosting Obama’s numbers. If I were him, that would have been my biggest worry from a strictly political standpoint — that if the Pentagon announced what happened days before the polls opened, the opposition would use it as an excuse to discredit my victory. “Obama only won because of that dirty trick involving the drone.” He probably figured it wasn’t worth rolling the dice in putting it out there before the vote.

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Same old song and dance from Obama Regime. Get more used to it, everyone.

The only folks who would get in trouble for shooting at a drone (with a bb gun) (or pointing a laser at one) would be …er…us.

Sherman1864 on November 9, 2012 at 5:27 AM

please at least report all the story … The only reason the story broke now was CNN broke it …it is classified information ,that is why it wasn’t released … now if you don’t believe that version then don’t believe it … but at least report the news…

U2denver on November 9, 2012 at 6:25 AM

Come ON
There’s a reason that the Carrier Fleet Admiral was relieved of duty and we all know it – he was ready to send air assets, followed by para-rescue troops to Benghazi. Which should confirm that Obama is a military-hating pacifist. And Then …

The Iranian “air force” is a joke. It’s hilarious and pathetic.
Those two who missed that drone were more worried about a couple FA-18s on their six. Hell, ONE could have taken out both of them.
Recall how Ronaldus Magnus gave the “go order” for Tomcats to take out the Libyan fighters? If you’ve never seen or heard the video and/or radio traffic, the pilots were really pissed that the bogeys “locked onto” them. It’s priceless. I remember it by heart:
“Goddam it, that’s the FOURTH time that sonofabitch has locked onto me” … and then: “Got that raghead sonofabitch!”
THAT’S why we really need a C-in-C, NOT a P-in-C to run this country and OUR military.
A provocative act by Iran? Of course it was. They ran away screaming like little girls.
Let’s DO this and get it over with or just shut up!

Karl Magnus on November 9, 2012 at 9:20 AM


Helping taliban on their road to their 70 virgins.

This will warm you heart.

These guys take great care to leave the horses, goats and the women and children safe in the tents, Man that night vision takes awhile to get used too and the way then can sparkle laser beams is fantastic! Not like 40 years ago that’s for sure! What you think Chief you up for a night like this? What did we do other then? Drop flares to illuminate the action! The old days you can have em! Those 30’s make our old 60’s look like pea shooters! J

avagreen on November 9, 2012 at 9:22 AM

I must have said something naughty … you know like warriors in theater do.
My post has to be censored/deleted by non-vets.
Happy Veterans’ Day to all those who never served.

Karl Magnus on November 9, 2012 at 9:24 AM

Ever hear of a trial balloon? No response to this and things will escalate. I expect things to escalate.

VegasRick on November 8, 2012 at 9:25 PM

There is no doubt that things will escalate. And although a dead embassador apparently doesn’t register too much of a blip on the radar, I wonder if the press will just drape tablecloths over the next “man-made disaster” that is inevitable at this point or something bad enough will happen that even they will have to report on it.

Although if they do, it will be Bush’s fault.

Sorry. I was thinking the same thing you were and typing at the same time, or I would have just quoted you. :)

Axe on November 8, 2012 at 9:27 PM

Hey, no worries, just another case of GMTA :)

DrAllecon on November 9, 2012 at 9:47 AM