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Iran Refuses to Return U.S. Spy Drone

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Posted on Dec 13, 2011
bbc.co.uk

As seen on TV: Iranian state television shows the U.S. drone downed last week in Iran.

After an American drone was downed last week in Iran, the U.S. made the unrealistic request that Iranian authorities return the spy machine, and on Tuesday, that appeal was unsurprisingly rejected. What’s more, from the Iranian perspective, the U.S. government ought to focus on apologizing for “accidentally” flying under the radar into unauthorized territory, which is also not likely to happen. Here we have the makings of a diplomatic standoff.  —KA

Los Angeles Times:

“The U.S. spy drone is the Islamic Republic of Iran’s possession, and our country will decide what to do in this regard,” Iranian Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi was quoted as saying by the semi-official Iranian Students News Agency.

He accused the U.S. of acting in a “bullying way” rather than offering an apology to Iran and Afghanistan, where the aircraft was based.

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By Cliff Carson, January 15, 2012 at 8:15 pm Link to this comment

I don’t see why Iran won’t give back our stealth drone.  We meant nothing, it just got away from us while doing good things so it was just a mistake - didn’t we say so?

We would give Iran’s drone back - we promise.

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By blogdog, December 14, 2011 at 3:07 pm Link to this comment

Jim - yes indeed, many among us are well past the half-way mark, though maybe
Alfred or Q will move the goal posts by coming up with an eternity potion - could
get tiring though, especially if pop music gets any more ubiquitous - needless to
say, it always gets worse - even as little as 10 more years in this capitalists
paradise and I may call for Beethoven in the euthanasia chamber - ol’ Edgar G.
Robbinson looked so content on his way out, leaving Ben Hur all alone to fight the
New World Order… and who else to do it than my all-time favorite cop, the one
who said: “A policeman’s job is only easy in a police state.” Are we well-dated
now, Jim?

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By Jim Yell, December 14, 2011 at 9:42 am Link to this comment
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Guess my surprise when I found all the references to “Finders Keepers, Losers wheepers?” I thought the younger generation had lost to view the old sayings. Guess not.

The real question is “why did Obama ask for the damn thing back?” Spying is not considered nice even amongst friends. I really dislike the Iranian Government, but in this case I would have to agree with them. It is a bit like finding I occasionally agree with Mr. Will, which always sends a cold chill up my back.

Has our government become completely unhinged?

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By room206, December 13, 2011 at 11:32 pm Link to this comment

Holy Peeping Toms Batman, the Sinister Minister Ah-Mad has captured the Bat-Drone and won’t give it back!
Now the Evil Empire will also be eavesdropping on the innocent civilians of Gotham City!
  That’s right Robin. Our only hope for getting it back is if the technology is transferred to their sweatshops, and the cheap knockoffs show up in our Store-Marts, we can then have the WTO enforce our property rights for its return.
  Hey Batman, how do you think the Bat-Drone fell into Ah-Mad’s hands?
  I’m not sure Robin, but call Alfred on the Bat-Phone; he was supposed to fill up the gas tank.

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By blogdog, December 13, 2011 at 7:42 pm Link to this comment

losers weepers?

they may figure out how to redeploy it to track the special forces cross-border-
ops (going on for years) - why not? seems they figured out how to electronically
hijack it

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By PatrickHenry, December 13, 2011 at 3:17 pm Link to this comment

Based on the age old ‘finders keepers’ rule.

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By Leefeller, December 13, 2011 at 1:27 pm Link to this comment

From what I understand Obama has asked them to give it back.  This seems as ludicrous a request, as a perverted voyeur who lost his camera in the girts locker room, asking for it back?

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By dsmith, December 13, 2011 at 12:58 pm Link to this comment
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We use our influence to impose santions that are designed to bring Iran to it’s knees. We have spies in Iran who are trying to create turmoil. We are threatening to drop bombs on them….and then we have the balls to turn around and say…“Um..would you please return our spy drone?” Now that is crazy!

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By SoTexGuy, December 13, 2011 at 11:41 am Link to this comment

If that’s our toy.. and it seems to be confirmed that it is, then it raises some questions..

Was it operated by our military? If yes, are they already at war with Iran or ordered to prepare for such? They must be, since otherwise there would be some demotions and discharges in the works if this was their caper. I wonder if Congress has been told we’re at war with Iran?

Was it the CIA? What were they up to with a drone that our satellites and more can’t give them.. seeking evidence? .. or planting it?

Was it really a case of misdirection or whatever, a lost drone? If so, then why not just apologize?

One thing seems for sure.. we will not see any clarification on any of these questions, another multimillion dollar piece of equipment is lost and perhaps some secrets forfeit.. but no one will lose their job.

Adios!

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