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Iran Releases Footage From Hacked US Drone

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Back in December 2011 the US government first lied, then grudgingly had to admit that Iran had seized one of its RQ-170 Sentinel drones, which crash-landed in the middle of the country, after Iran released a video showing its scientists attempting to reverse engineer the contents of the drone. Naturally, the US politely asked for its drone back, and just as naturally, Iran politely refused to comply. So what was Iran doing in the intervening 14 months? Hacking the drone of course, which it finally succeeded last night when it released a short clip of what it had supposedly extracted from the remains of the Sentinel. The full clip is below, and while it does not provide any incremental informational benefits to Iran, or any further humiliation to whoever created the US drone fleet without a self-destruct option, it certainly will boost Iranian morale on the ground for hacking the Great Satan.

More from Telegraph:

The video aired late on Wednesday on Iranian TV shows an aerial view of an airport and a city, said to be a US drone base and Kandahar, Afghanistan. The TV also showed images purported to be the Sentinel landing at a base in eastern Iran but it was unclear if that footage meant to depict the moment of the drone's seizure.


In addition, the TV also showed images of an Iranian helicopter transporting the drone, as well as its disassembled parts being carried on a trailer.


In another part of the video, the chief of the Revolutionary Guard's airspace division, Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, said that only after capturing the drone, Iran realised it "belongs to the CIA."


"We were able to definitively access the data of the drone, once we brought it down," said Gen Hajizadeh.


He described the Sentinel's capture as a huge scoop for Iran, saying that at the time, Tehran did not rule out a possible punitive US air strike over the drone.

We for one can't wait the algo buying explosion on expectations of the global GDP boost that would result from a US attack to finally reclaim its property and avoid such additional embarrassment in the future.


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Thu, 02/07/2013 - 13:30 | 3223364 SilverIsKing
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I can't wait to watch Channel 7 Eyewitness News tonight @ 6pm to get the full scoop.

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 13:36 | 3223372 hedgeless_horseman
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...further humiliation to who[m]ever created the US drone fleet without a self-destruct option...

A self-destruct option easily becomes a destruct option.

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 13:49 | 3223431 Beam Me Up Scotty
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Maybe it was a Trojan Drone, carrying the newest variant of the Stuxnet virus?  I like the Trojan Rabbit better though...

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 13:57 | 3223451 redpill
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Congratulations Iran, you masterful hackers now get to watch video....







....of your own buildings and shit.

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 14:01 | 3223469 SAT 800
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Yeah; big whoopie. "wow this place looks like shit from airborne video"; what, you can't say that; execute that man tomorrow at dawn. Great place. They hang 16 year old girls in public for allegedly cuddling with a guy. The sooner they go down, the better.

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 14:04 | 3223480 Manthong
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“Trojan Drone, carrying the newest variant of the Stuxnet virus”

Oo.. I like that idea, but I am not so sure  the current crew is that smart.

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 14:15 | 3223518 redpill
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Does this tea taste like Polonium-210 to you?

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 14:33 | 3223592 TerminalDebt
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The MIC let one go un-encrypted and un-destructed to stir shit up and stop congress from cutting defense spending. 

Interesting how this happens just before debate on sequester starts.

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 14:41 | 3223620 TruthInSunshine
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SAT 800 is the newest version M-I-C PSYOP social media tool, known as Sock Puppet v2.0, informally.

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 14:43 | 3223622 redpill
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lol yep.  I have a hard time believing this wasn't part of the game plan.  Then again, I've learned to never underestimate the frequent incompetance of the federal government.

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 15:02 | 3223695 TheGardener
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Get real on toy technology projecting America`s might.

Drones is pure amateur porn kind stuff sold to the DoF as if it were the real thing. Anyone could make or steer them, kind of self-defying technology . Or just take command
of your god given airspace, launch your own or better make yours take them down. Not joking, it is you or them, and the
beauty is, this works your way, declare your region off and take `em down. Engage as long as they employ play things too..

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 15:03 | 3223701 NotApplicable
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Meanwhile, it benefits them either way.

I wouldn't ever refer to their actions as incompetence, though, as they are only incompetent in regards to the facade of legitimate governance. From an organized crime perspective however, "failures" create the cover known as plausible deniability.

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 18:32 | 3224390 Dewey Cheatum Howe
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You guys give the three letter agencies too much credit....

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 14:39 | 3223616 Beam Me Up Scotty
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Looks like the "current crew" doesn't take kindly to your disrespect, LOL.

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 15:44 | 3223858 Bankrupt from B...
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Do not believe everything you see in the US media.  Not so long ago that the US was executing people for crimes committed when they were 16 or 17.

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 16:15 | 3223950 trav777
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uh; they hanged these teenage girls in public, on tv, dude.  The regime there needs to fall, period, end of story.

The US executed murderers for murdering in heinous fashion when 16.  So what?  Savages called "youths" frequently mob up and attack, rob, rape, and kill humans...why shouldn't they be executed before they might reproduce?

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 18:46 | 3224415 jimmytorpedo
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Are we all forgetting that drones are remote control murder weapons?

And then when we look at the 17 year old punk gamer flying it he says,

"it wasn't me"

It was the drone that killed the three children collecting dung for their mothers cooking fire.

Does the regime here need to fall too Trav?

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 16:31 | 3224018 caconhma
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Yes, the present Iranian regime is barbarian and medieval but the hate for the Zionist Banking Oligarchy is much stronger. After all, they both hate and intend to destroy our Western civilization and ruin our lives.

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 17:36 | 3224237 Jack Burton
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SAT 800 says "The sooner they go down the better". I am interested in whether you will be taking part in the take down? Also, how many should we kill in order to bring them into line with US foreign policy? 100K?  Or like Iraq, and untold number but easily north of 100K.  Playing god now seems to be an unquestioned right of a group of American exceptionalists.  My only desire is that all those calling for war and mass killing should get out there and lead the charge, armchair warrior is way too common of an American trait at this point.

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 23:26 | 3225029 MeelionDollerBogus
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And in America ‘they’ execute blacks for having no ticket money (Oscar Grant) or let them “kill themselves” shot to the head while handcuffed with no gun after being searched in a police car, again it looks like for being black.

Ya, I can see a huge difference between Iran & USSA.

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 18:05 | 3224326 giggler123
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That's because it's fake, attached the video head and capture some video of them carrying it around their bunks and say to the world, look what we got off the encrypyted hard driive

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 19:11 | 3224471 RafterManFMJ
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I agree Redpill! How I hate those MOTHERFUCKING PERSIANS!! Haven't invaded another country in 200 years, cannot manufacture pew pew pew buzz pow weapons that allow chubby zit faced operators to blow children up from 10K miles away! What a perverse, talentless race of trash. Man, I can't wait till we give those fucks what they got commin'! WERE GOING TO KILL AS MANY OF YOU MOTHERFUCKING IRANIANS AS WE CAN, YOU WORTHLESS SAVAGES! 


or something.

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 14:06 | 3223488 Joe Davola
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Hopefully they didn't download and open that file UpBurqa.mp4.exe

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 14:37 | 3223609 Beam Me Up Scotty
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It would be better if they opened it up and the speakers started screaming,"YOU'RE WATCHING GAY PORN!!!  YOU'RE WATCHING GAY PORN!!!"

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 15:42 | 3223846 Theosebes Goodfellow
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Tewchnically it would be "??? ????? ?????? ???????? ???? ?????", (you are watching homosexual pornography in Arabic), but yeah, that would be hilarious.


(Apparently ZH doesn't translate Arabic well.)

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 14:39 | 3223618 redpill
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What's with all the down arrows, I thought that was rather clever.  Do we have a butthurt muzzie contingent on ZH these days?

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 14:42 | 3223629 Beam Me Up Scotty
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It must be the Ministry of Propaganda, trying to inject misinformation into the comment section.  Trying to make you feel like you must be wrongthinking when everyone else is arrowing in a different direction than you would like to.

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 16:17 | 3223957 trav777
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wow your conformance instinct is wonder you people are so fked up

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 14:42 | 3223631 Zap Powerz
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There certainly does seem to be a few people lately that will junk everyone and everything regardless of what is posted.  I wonder how that is working out for them?

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 15:05 | 3223713 NotApplicable
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Dunno. But I junked you for the lulz. :-P

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 15:20 | 3223771 SAT 800
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LOL. thanks for the laugh. I was getting way too serious. strong expresso this morning; goes to my head.

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 17:22 | 3224197 Doomer
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Expresso ... is that faster than espresso?

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 15:30 | 3223811 Joe Davola
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Likewise - nyuk, nyuk, nyuk

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 16:19 | 3223966 trav777
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you actually NOTICE the arrows next to what you write?

I cannot fathom ever CARING about it.  The more I experience ordinary humans, the more I realize that we are barely part of the same species.

You people were MADE to shear and MADE to herd.  You almost can't resist.  You require approval from people you don't even know, even a virtual herd giving you virtual disapproval in the form of red arrows on a webpage is enough to get you to stfu and toe a line with the rest of the herd.

A little virtual sheepdog red arrowed you...bwahahahaha.  How pathetic.

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 18:33 | 3224394 Dewey Cheatum Howe
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Don't junk me bro.

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 14:17 | 3223529 SmittyinLA
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I think that's why that Chinese embassy was bombed in Belgrade a few years ago (the chicoms took the bait not the Serbs) 

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 15:02 | 3223693 eatapeach
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A red herring for sure.

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 19:55 | 3224566 AGuy
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Perhaps your on to something. What if the Drone is still under control of the CIA. Interesting way to get a peak at the Iranian Military behind closed doors. Make Iran believe they have control, when its really just being used to spy on them.


Thu, 02/07/2013 - 13:51 | 3223436 Doomer
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And an act of war.  But we Americans love war.  Just can't get enough of 'em.

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 13:57 | 3223454 redpill
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It's just some kinetic military activity.  Are you some kind of terrorist?

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 14:07 | 3223489 Doomer
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Haha, no; more like one of the terrorized, by my own government.

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 14:41 | 3223625 redpill
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If drones blot out the sky, the r3volution will continue in the shade!

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 15:02 | 3223696 Transformer
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I love science fiction movies.  Never thought I'd actually get to live in  one.

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 13:57 | 3223455 SAT 800
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Wrong. It's not an act of war. killing the US consul in Algeria was an act of war; if you really have to, look it up. But Mrs. Clinton apologized for the video that upset the medieval cultists.

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 14:05 | 3223484 Doomer
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Guess my Google-Fu is not up to snuff.  Care to provide a link?

And yes, blowing something up on another country's territory is an act of war.  If you really have to, look it up.

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 14:12 | 3223507 DoChenRollingBearing
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@ SAT 800

Libya, no?

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 14:53 | 3223662 SAT 800
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Libya; yes; sorry.

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 15:11 | 3223736 redpill
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You better be sorry, the ZH comment section won't tolerate people getting the various shitholes of the world mixed up.


Thu, 02/07/2013 - 15:03 | 3223703 SAT 800
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It didn't "blow up" it landed. violating air space without a flight plan is usually shined on now-a-days. murdering personnel in the Consulate is not.

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 16:21 | 3223970 trav777
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how are the two related in any way?

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 17:40 | 3224251 Doomer
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That's what I was gonna ask, after it became clear SAT800 confused Libya and Algeria.

I doubt Iran is involved in any Sunni rebellions, them being Shiite, and all.


Thu, 02/07/2013 - 14:08 | 3223498 ITrustMyGut
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we get caught illegally intruding their airspace.. and they respond.. but thewir reactions.. are the act of war?


d00d. the faux kool-aid is strong in you.....ramp your prozac dose..kthxla~

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 15:16 | 3223754 SAT 800
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No their reaction is very moderate and correct. and certainly not a cause of war. The problem with Iran is it's dedication to; including financing Taliban activities in countries like Pakistan, (the pakistan military found the money and code books and radios in the Taliban caves when they cleaned out one of their strongholds), and various other atrocious murdering swine, (so considered by the citizens of the valley in Pakistan), such as those that murdered the consul in Libya. Iran is the head of the terrorist snake; if you wanted to make a big dent; possibly a game changing dent in the "war on terrorism"; forcing a military capitulation in Iran; and then leaving; would be a lot more effective than spending hundreds of millions of dollars playing silly buggers in Afganistan; for instance. I don't believe the American government is going to do anything that makes sense or actually has a useful result; but I'm a little tired of the mass of people who think Iran is un-invadable; that's just ridiculous. Right now, our military is just engaged in wasting money; literally for nothing; except to increase their own bureacracy and create more officer slots; and it's very unfortunate. Wasting money doing something useful in terms of real-politic would be preferable.

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 15:34 | 3223829 Bunga Bunga
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Psychopaths, all of them! If you buy the good-guy bad-guy game, you are easy bait for them.

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 16:22 | 3223973 trav777
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the money trail leads to Saudi Arabia; that is the head of the snake.  Not Iran.

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 17:05 | 3224138 TheFourthStooge-ing
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the money trail leads to Saudi Arabia; that is the head of the snake.  Not Iran.

It's true. Iran was actually providing assistance and support to US forces during the initial invasion of Afghanistan.

That came to an end when Chimpy W. Bush tarred them with his Axis of Eval® brush in his infamous 2003 speech.

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 21:38 | 3224796 hoos bin pharteen
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Not exactly. Iran ran a pretty aggressive Sunni annihilation campaign in Iraq and also funneled some large quantities of IED material, know-how, and sniper rifles that were used against the US forces there. They also gave shelter to Muqtata al-Sadr for some time in Iran and provided lots of arms to Shia militias that resulted in ethnic cleansing (expulsion) of hundreds of thousands of Sunni Iraqis who landed in Jordan, Syria, etc.

Regardless of what you think of US foreign policy, the Iranian government is evil.

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 23:41 | 3225055 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Not exactly.

Ummm, yes, exactly. If you advance to the next level of Reading for Comprehension you'll discover a fascinating phenomenon called chronological order. It's based on two somewhat heavy philosophical concepts. First, events happen at particular times. Second, time (as we perceive it) moves from the past to the future.

You see, both the initial invasion of Afghanistan and Chimpy's 2003 speech happened before the alleged events to which you refer. Due to chronological order, events which happened after the initial invasion of Afghanistan and Chimpy's 2003 speech cannot reach back into the past and change those two events.

Also, you may be interested to know that the logical fallacy you've employed is called a red herring. Just tryin' to help.

Iran ran a pretty aggressive Sunni annihilation campaign in Iraq

Made me laugh. The United States ran the Sunni annihilation campaign (as well as the Shia annihilation campaign) by playing both sides against each other. Was Iran involved in anti-Sunni shenanigans in Iraq? It's certainly possible. If they were, their efforts were a spit in the ocean compared to the results obtained by the Good Guys®.

and also funneled some large quantities of IED material, know-how, and sniper rifles that were used against the US forces there.

That's the story as propagated by Vichy DC officialdom to the repeaters in mainstream media. If you enjoy being spoon fed like that, then you must be quite happy with the recovering economy, the decreasing unemployment, and the rebound of the housing market.

Whatever you do, don't read the following article about the actual origins of those IEDs in Iraq:

Regardless of what you think of US foreign policy, the Iranian government is evil.

When it comes to evil, the Iranian government is strictly little league compared to the abomination on the Potomac.

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 14:19 | 3223543 knightowl77
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I think was an Ambassador in Libya...Benghazi, Libya

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 14:47 | 3223649 Zap Powerz
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I used to think like that. I used to think America was great, good and had a noble purpose.  I have since changed my mind and have decided that its very complicated.  There are good people in America that want to do good things and they sometimes do bad things to accomplish those good things.  There are good people that just do good.  There are bad people that some times make mistakes and do good things.  Then there are the bad people that just do bad things all the time.

Ive decided Im not going to try to figure out who is who and what their motives are becuase it really doesnt matter at this point.

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 14:58 | 3223679 SAT 800
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No governents have great and good purposes; but we do have an enemy who operates as the most important financial center for terrorists, who kill lots of people. An acceptable purpose is to change a loonie regime that is the cheering center and finance and weapons supply for a lot of really anti-civilized activities.

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 16:26 | 3223993 trav777
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...except that they DON'T actually kill lots of people.

Petitio principii...can't let it slide.

WE kill lots of people.  WE are the ones who are ACTUALLY killing LOTS of people.  Not Saddam.  Not Qadaffi.  Not "Al Qaida."  US.

Look in the mirror if you want to see the killers.  Core values are expressed via action.

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 17:07 | 3224147 TheFourthStooge-ing
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SAT 800 bleated:

No governents have great and good purposes; but we do have an enemy who operates as the most important financial center for terrorists, who kill lots of people. An acceptable purpose is to change a loonie regime that is the cheering center and finance and weapons supply for a lot of really anti-civilized activities.

As trav stated above, that would be Saudi Arabia.

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 15:40 | 3223844 OpenThePodBayDoorHAL
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Bombing another country is no longer an act of war? (doesn't matter if its a drone or a jet dropping the bombs...)

Obomba finally had to release the legal "rationale" behind America's centerpiece war crime, the drone program. Ha ha their legal priests couldn't find any way to make America the only country that's allowed to do global pre-crime murder. So their legal  "justification" left the door wide open for China or Russia or Iran to drone bomb the USA. Coming to a town near you...and America will have no legal basis to do anythig about it. Well done.

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 16:24 | 3223986 Stoploss
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Not into geography much huh..

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 17:39 | 3224249 Jack Burton
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American funded and armed Al-Qaeda killing Syrians is an act of peace. We kill for the best of reasons.

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 13:58 | 3223456 krispkritter
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Heard a great line this AM; the US feeling dejected as it was 'late' to the start of the 1st and 2nd World War's so we decided to make up for it by starting all the subsequent wars ourselves...hmmm.

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 15:38 | 3223840 Not Too Important
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Isn't it 'First one in makes the most profits'?

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 17:11 | 3224159 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Isn't it 'First one in makes the most profits'?

Actually, it's "no matter who wins, the banks finance all sides, and thus they always win".

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 14:02 | 3223466 Skateboarder
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lim     complacency(t)  =  ∞

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 15:37 | 3223838 centerline
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dear god, no more left/right stuff!  Aren't we divided enough.

(just kidding)

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 14:38 | 3223606 The Heart
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"further humiliation to whoever created the US drone fleet without a self-destruct option, it certainly will boost Iranian morale on the ground for hacking the Great Satan."

Talk about humiliation. These guys had a bad day. One has to wonder if they will brag about this news also.:

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 13:49 | 3223429 fattail
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I am sorry I haven't been paying attention.  Who are we rooting for again???


Thu, 02/07/2013 - 13:53 | 3223438 Doomer
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C-I-A! C-I-A!

"A global force for profit."


Thu, 02/07/2013 - 14:17 | 3223528 resurger
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Bonus: Morgan Freeman will be translating ...

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 14:20 | 3223549 Fiat Currency
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WTF? - The last 5 frames of that video between 1:33 & 1:34 show something blowing up in a hangar/building ??

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 14:50 | 3223653 Eally Ucked
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That's interesting that you're flying your high tech toy around your own base and taking videos, isn't it?

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 14:35 | 3223595 The Heart
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Thu, 02/07/2013 - 15:03 | 3223699 mickeyman
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My favorite part is where it goes through the drive-through at the McDonalds in Tehran.

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 17:34 | 3224231 TeMpTeK
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Its official...Weapons of mass destruction found in Iran...... That drone had a nuclear warhead in it...

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 13:31 | 3223365 francis_sawyer
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Well that's a relief... I thought they were using spy drones to peek down blouses...

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 15:42 | 3223850 mjcOH1
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In the interest of science I think this should be put to the test through a vigorous clinical trial.  

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 13:31 | 3223369 maskone909
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would be sick it showed obama and biden chugging beers high fiving while holding the R/C controller!

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 13:57 | 3223452 waterwitch
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Or shooting skeet with it.

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 13:58 | 3223457 francis_sawyer
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Thu, 02/07/2013 - 13:32 | 3223370 Mongo
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Drone Wars®

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 14:04 | 3223479 Skateboarder
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Brought to you live by MSM, Inc.

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 14:10 | 3223502 Matt
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FTA: "which crash-landed in the middle of the country,"

That is the smoothest crash landing I have ever seen. Smoother than most controlled landings, even.

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 15:14 | 3223748 Transformer
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Evidently these drones can self land.  All they need is GPS coordinates and elevation.  Supposedly the way the Iranians got a hold of it was to fool the GPS in the drone.  The drone thought it was landing at home base.

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 17:05 | 3223874 mjcOH1
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These things happen.

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 13:32 | 3223373 otto skorzeny
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Lucky Iranians-at least they have missiles and planes to counter drones-US citizens-not so much

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 13:55 | 3223446 SAT 800
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Well, you could always move there; maybe you'd like it.

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 14:01 | 3223462 otto skorzeny
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shouldn't you be masturbating to Zero Dark Thirty or Argo right now?

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 14:30 | 3223578 Shell Game
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A litmus test fail...

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 14:11 | 3223505 Skip
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Before the 1968 GCA that the Democrats passed, Americans owned and bought over the counter, no questions asked, 20MM Anti-tank guns. Cops had no problem with that but the Democrats today you don't really have any effective 2nd Amendment firearms available, LEGALLY that is, the Gangs of the USA have all that stuff and more, and the BIGGEST GANG OF ALL, .gov has the worst of the worst.

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 14:34 | 3223596 Spastica Rex
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Would those guns be effective against MQ-9s? I think they would need to be - you know, to "protect oneself against the government" and whatnot.

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 21:45 | 3224817 Overfed
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.50 BMG (not to mention 20MM) would drop one like a sack of shit.

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 13:33 | 3223378 dick cheneys ghost
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How many drones does it take to maintain a Paper Empire?

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 13:45 | 3223416 The Gooch
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All of them?

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 14:29 | 3223575 TerminalDebt
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Thu, 02/07/2013 - 13:33 | 3223380 Hugh_Jorgan
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Don't kid yourself, these drones DO have a self destruct, but we disabled it and dropped it off in Iran. This is the how the post-modern, naive, end-around diplomacy is done in the Obama age. The West will pay a heavy price for voting again for this kind of thinking...

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 13:54 | 3223444 ParkAveFlasher
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Thu, 02/07/2013 - 15:51 | 3223885 Sokhmate
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you mean "unconceivable"

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 13:53 | 3223440 SAT 800
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So, any crack brain story you make up must be true, eh? I guess that's how these internet conspiracy stories start; with somebody like you.

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 14:17 | 3223534 ITrustMyGut
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more mindless sheeple babble from you.. get back under your rock, jack wagon. too much limbaugh / beck has obviously rotted what little grey matter you were blessed with...

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 14:31 | 3223583 Ricky Bobby
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I find that the ones I make up are way more plausible then the ones the Lame Stream Media makes up. 

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 17:57 | 3224298 Hugh_Jorgan
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Agreed, and it seems like my idea does NOT fall lightly on the psyche of most of the readers who consider it, eh?

What else could it be then, ZH? What other scenario is even plausible given the known US military industrial complex's typical engineering design principles? Yeah it could just be rife stupidity, but that seems highly unlikely to me...

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 13:38 | 3223384 WALLST8MY8BALL
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"Fast and Furious 2" Starring Droney, Ben Afflek and Eric Holder as the "Walker" Cmon Banzai we know you can do this one!

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 13:41 | 3223398 BandGap
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Hey! I can see my house from here!

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 13:42 | 3223402 FrozenOut
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Powerful computers are cheap. Strong encryption is cheap. This device is used by definition in enemy territory. Why isn't every datum on this PoS instantly encrypted? Why does it store any data at all? Why does't it not have an automatic self destruct facility which occurs if it comes down without a positive disabling action. Who designed this?

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 13:51 | 3223435 SAT 800
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It was built by government contractors; you wanted smart? Wrong store for smart; you're lucky it flies.

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 13:56 | 3223448 francis_sawyer
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Might make a nice planter IMO... But I'm the crafty sort...

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 14:16 | 3223524 Matt
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"Why isn't every datum on this PoS instantly encrypted?"

Why do you think it took 14 months to release the video?

"Why does it store any data at all?"

You would rather it wirelessly broadcast everything it sees and does?

"Why does't it not have an automatic self destruct facility which occurs if it comes down without a positive disabling action."

Maybe it does. They tricked it into thinking it had safely landed back at its own airbase.

"Who designed this?"

Lockheed Martin. And when you have questions like this, here is how you can find answers for yourself:

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 16:48 | 3224064 TheGardener
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Told you amateurs galore in the up and coming drone business. US military communications is stuck in the 80`s,
with some cheap 90`s guys trying to imitate technology.

Get your counter drone operation started from a garage if
you are young enough and willing to collaborate, much better though floating the sky with your peoples drones with potential marginal attack capabilities.

Fight back, your sky is the limit.

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 13:42 | 3223403 SAT 800
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Well, morale is always good; but if the US ground forces decide to roll into Iran the revolting revolutionary medievalists will roll up like an old carpet. Nothing is funnier than people worried about a military action in Iran; even the SS Panzer divisions knew how to retreat, dude; they just had to learn on the job. These Muslims are all talk and hype until the bodies start hitting the ground and the tanks all blow up; then it's all "comrade", comrade"'; we want a peace settlement, (modern PC for a negotiated surrender).

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 13:56 | 3223427 otto skorzeny
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learn your geography-Iraq-flat as a pancake-Iran mountainous(not so good for bulky US armor). for example-afghanistan- mountainous-US and USSR find it no cakewalk. Iran is Afghanistan with alot of petrodollars. plus the Iranians are much more intelligent than Iraqis. Just think-if the fucking CIA and Kermit Roosevelt wouldn't have kicked out a democratically elected Iranian prez out in the 50s to install the torturing Shah at the behest of BP-democracy might have taken root in the ME instead of the morass it has become(no thanks to the Israelis and all of their destablizing meddlng)

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 13:59 | 3223459 Manthong
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“Iranians are much more intelligent than Iraqis”

I’m not so sure about that..

There’s a “Fountain of Blood” over there that attests to the level of their intelligence.

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 14:03 | 3223476 otto skorzeny
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They did fight off our former buddy Saddam for a long time with the full backing of the US miltary and our intel-so there's that

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 14:08 | 3223499 SAT 800
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They invaded Iraq; our help was limited to spy pictures from satelites; they got rid of a lot of their excess peasants; the outcome was never in doubt. the Mullahs are completely out of touch with reality.

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 15:06 | 3223718 kengland
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What a tool. American Idol fan too I bet?

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 17:18 | 3224183 TheFourthStooge-ing
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SAT 800 said:

They invaded Iraq

Wrong, stupid.

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 17:23 | 3224199 BigJim
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They invaded Iraq, did they? I must have missed that century.

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 14:14 | 3223516 Manthong
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Maybe Iranians are smarter than I think, and time will tell, but here is another example of Iranian intelligence..

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 14:33 | 3223593 SAT 800
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It's a giant outdoor lunatic asylum; and huge sectors of the population would stand up and cheer a military defeat and surrender on the part of their "leaders"; But then you leave again. Got It? In and out. Bye. make a new government. fuck whether it's a democracy or not; it's none of our business.

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 15:06 | 3223714 kengland
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Thu, 02/07/2013 - 14:04 | 3223481 SAT 800
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IQ goes on a bell shaped curve; they got plenty of dummies, no worries; also even higher than normal people get sucked into the mass mind cult of the moment. Sick country; very, very sick.

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 16:18 | 3223959 Totentänzerlied
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Sounds like you're talking about America.

The Gaussian distribution of IQ holds for most of the world at the present time.

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 17:04 | 3224136 TheGardener
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Arians suck, Persians and Medes without a central bank
controlled by the non-revolutionary NWO COUNCIL of foreign
relations even more so. Iran dares to have her own Revolutionary COUNCIL pre-selecting candidates, what a disgrace !

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 16:28 | 3224002 zerozulu
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Iran did not fire a single bullet and USA has eliminated all Iran's enemy with borrowed money. Who do you call your daddy?

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 14:03 | 3223471 francis_sawyer
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But CH1 told me that Israel was my friend... He says he saw it on TV [so it must be true]... & that any comments to the contrary are an example of pure hatred & bigotry...

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 14:19 | 3223541 Skip
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They sure have proven themselves to be our bestest friends in the whole wide world:

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 14:13 | 3223512 SAT 800
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Oh, right; democracy would have taken root. And the mountains, OMG; mountains; well that does it, then we could never slaughter a few hundred thousand enthusiasts on the ground like Saddam did and cause them to surrender; I guess I was just wrong. You're too funny.

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 13:49 | 3223430 Kantbelieveit
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Any talk of easy victory in Iran is lunacy. Iran has had a decade to watch the US destroy its neighbor, Iraq, and it has prepared accordingly. Although its conventional forces would be quickly defeated by the US, it is likely that an insurgency would be well-armed, led, and motivated. The insurgents would be far more numerous than their Iraqi counterparts, and would have the advantage of mountainous terrain in much of the country. Occupying Iran would be a quagmire that would make Iraq and Afghanistan look like picnics. Of course, stupid wars have become an American specialty, so an attack on Iran is not unlikely.

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 14:15 | 3223519 SAT 800
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The only reason to occupy anything is to keep spending money; the military's hobby. The regime can be changed; huge amounts of Iranians are fed up; go in; do it; get out. fuck insurgents; they can insurgent themselves.

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 14:30 | 3223582 SAT 800
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Yes; the militarily significant forces would be defeated; which means casulties so high; a settlement would be signed. End of mission. The occupation of Iraq is theatre to keep up the military spending budget; which is very wrong. When you're proven wrong; I'll be back to laugh at you. Why can't you get the idea of occupying separate from the idea of surrendering? don't you speak English.

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 18:06 | 3224327 TheGardener
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On military history, the cold war approach of the Swiss is
the most interesting : They figured out they had no chance on countering a conventional force such as they were threatened with when asked to surrender all enemy accounts. Enemies , whether they were for or against the defeated nations . German social democrats had their accounts frozen and ultimately seized among other Jews who had taken refuge
in Great Britain no matter what as if they were Nazi who made it off to Argentina. Talked to both kind when they were still alive. Back to the cold war : The Swiss figured out they would quickly be overran by combined European/American
or Russian/European forces but even all of them together
could not muster the soldier per square mile ratio for
occupation !!! So they had well hidden air defenses
inside the mountainous country and a militia they could
muster everywhere anytime, always on the ready even if overran by enemy forces. Our Aryan Iranian brothers being clever and independent for most of history, what point of
attacking them without a chance of ever winning ?

Stupid question though I have to admit if war in itself and resources are all that killing is about . Germany had the first
30 year war that is known as the 90 year war in Holland...
both nations never really recovered to this day , nor do
the tribes of Persia seem to have overcome their beheading
some nasty tribe keeps celebrating ?

Occupy Iran ?

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 13:54 | 3223442 helping_friendl...
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Tell that to all the millions in the waves of volunteers who did direct attacks on Saddams trenches in the 1980's. Even with CIA/USA backing Saddam could not defeat Iran. Human waves were sent against Iraqi trenches. What was that? 

Where will we attack from? What country? Not Iraq. Iraq is now controlled by Shia Iranian Sadr.

You are, obviously, to young to have memory of those events.

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 14:20 | 3223535 francis_sawyer
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That's the whole 'stalemate' part of the thing that peole don't realize...


All this claptrap is just a bunch of shit, which is used to:

- keep the MIC budgets rubberstamped

- allow paper fucking joobuck traders to mint themseves some coin with in London, NYC, Hong Kong.............. & Gstaad

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 14:21 | 3223551 SAT 800
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I'm 70 years old. Iran invaded Iraq; human waves? so what? this is your idea of some kind of military strategy? It's really hopeless trying to talk to people who can't think straight. Iraq is controlled by Mullahs; as Napoleon commented, how many tank divisions do the Mullahs have? Jesus Christ; man wake up.

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 14:32 | 3223586 francis_sawyer
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The DHS has informed me all I need is an IKEA desk & a good pair of scissors...

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 14:38 | 3223617 Bandit und Buster
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WAKE UP OLD a book and educate yourself

Too soon old, too late smart

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 14:54 | 3223668 FeralSerf
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"Iran invaded Iraq"

Who invaded who?

"When Saddam Hussein, president of Iraq, quite deliberately started the war, he miscalculated on two counts: first, in attacking a country greatly disorganized by revolution but also greatly energized by it-and whose regime could be consolidated only by a long "patriotic" war, as with all revolutionary regimes; and second, at the level of theater strategy, in launching a surprise invasion against a very large country whose strategic depth he was not even trying to penetrate."

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 15:46 | 3223871 OpenThePodBayDoorHAL
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Even Patrick Buchanan knows that Iran is the least of our worries. But oh it IS Israel's main worry:

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 13:43 | 3223406 gbresnahan
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Iran should fly it back over here.  It's only fair.

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 13:46 | 3223420 SAT 800
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Nice talk. they can't even fly their F-16's; no spare parts. fuel shortage. etc.etc. "Fair" doesn't count in religious wars, dude.

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 13:53 | 3223434 otto skorzeny
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yeah-but alot of well concealed state-of-the-art Russian SAMs will cause big problems for US/Israeli air power-not to mention that Iran has Sunburn anti-shipping missiles. Also- are you a fucking Mossad shill or what?

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 14:26 | 3223567 SAT 800
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No, I am commenting on the current idiot opinion on internet blogs, that military dominance in conventional warfare, including air superiority doesn't count; for some un-specified reason. I don't give a shit about Israel. Iran is the big pimple in the center of the "Muslim Extremist" problem; they fund operations everywhere; including in Iraq and Pakistan; evidence exists. When Bush said he was going to attack Iraq I thought maybe he just got confused because they both start with an I; but the Muslim wingnuts won't sit down and shut up until the head is cut off the snake.

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