Fallen U.S. Drone Nearly Led to Covert Strike in Iran
New reports on the CIA drone lost in Iran last week reveal the scope of the stealth plane’s mission and just how far the U.S. was willing to go to recover it. The Associated Press reports on Wednesday that despite U.S. military statements Monday suggesting the drone was lost while flying a mission in western Afghanistan, Iranian officials say the RQ-170 drone was detected about 140 miles from the border of Afghanistan, deep inside the country’s air space. U.S. officials, speaking on background, confirmed the RQ-170 drone had been spying on Iran for years but did not indicate the extent to which it penetrated Iranian air space. They did say the U.S. air base in Shindad, Afghanistan, was designed to launch “surveillance missions and even special operations missions into Iran if deemed necessary.”
Is there any chance this suddenly looming war can be averted? This could be posturing for the election in 2012, and we can only hope that’s what is causing this, but it seems far more serious than that at the moment. After all, the Iraq war officially ends today, and they can’t tolerate a bored bunch of Generals sitting around with nothing to do for long.
And don’t forget: CNN/FOX commentary careers await a new generation of war-mad military officials. It’s all about the money and who’s got it and who wants it.
Money has corrupted the US political system for so long we are now deeply meshed in the “military industrial complex” — and there seems to be no easy way out that leads to peace.