Earlier this morning, John covered the news that Iran had finally admitted to shooting down that Boeing 737 after three days of denials and finger-pointing. I had originally tried to give them the benefit of the doubt because it just seemed like such a bloody stupid thing to do, particularly in the middle of an attack on U.S. forces in Iraq. But once the videos of the rocket striking the plane emerged, it became pretty obvious.
One question John asked was whether the Iranian government knew they’d shot it down immediately or only figured it out after three days of investigating. I tend to agree with him. The idea that the IRGC could put a missile into a commercial airliner and not have anyone up the chain of command notice is farfetched at best. If they could have continued to obfuscate and pass off a lie I’m sure they would, but by the third day, the cat was just out of the bag.
One thing I’ve been noticing in all of the MSM coverage of the story is the tendency for everyone to put the word “unintentional” in scare quotes. (The way I did in the title of this piece.) But is that sort of apparent skepticism an accurate way to respond? Here’s one example from the New York Post.