Sunday, December 04, 2011

fortunate is he who stands at the beginning ; he will know the end and not taste death


Video - Iran shoots down and recovers U.S. drone over eastern border.

NationalJournal | Two incidents that occurred on Sunday—Iran’s claim of a shoot-down of a U.S. drone, and an explosion outside the British embassy in Bahrain—may have been unrelated. But they appear to add to growing evidence that an escalating covert war by the West is under way against Iran, and that Tehran is retaliating with greater intensity than ever.

Asked whether the United States, in cooperation with Israel, was now engaged in a covert war against Iran’s nuclear program that may include the Stuxnet virus, the blowing-up of facilities and the assassination or kidnapping of scientists, one recently retired U.S. official privy to up-to-date intelligence would not deny it.

“It’s safe to say the Israelis are very active,” the official said, adding about U.S. efforts: “Everything that [GOP presidential candidate] Mitt Romney said we should be doing—tough sanctions, covert action and pressuring the international community -- are all of the things we are actually doing.” Though the activities are classified, a senior Obama administration official also would not deny that such a program was under way. He indicated that the U.S. was not involved in every action, referring to recent alleged explosions at Isfahan and elsewhere. But, he added: “I wouldn’t assume that everything we do is coordinated."

Former undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns, who oversaw America’s Iran engagement during the Bush administration, asked Sunday about reports that the U.S. program began under George W. Bush, said he could not comment on intelligence matters.

In September, the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, Fereydoun Abbasi-Davani, accused Great Britain, Israel and the U.S. of conducting attacks on him and other Iranian scientists."Six years ago the intelligence service of the UK began collecting information and data regarding my past, my family, the number of children," Abbasi-Davani told a news conference at the annual conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna. Abbasi-Davani, who was said to have been wounded in 2010 car bomb explosion, said the attacks were carried out by Israel with the "support of the intelligence services of the United States and England."

Last week, Iranian protesters stormed the British embassy in Tehran. Dominick Chilcott, Britain's ambassador to Iran, later said the attack occurred "with the acquiescence and the support of the state." Then, on Sunday, Bahrain's interior ministry announced that an explosion occurred inside a minibus parked near the British Embassy. There were no immediate reports of serious damage or injuries.

U.S. officials alleged in October that agents acting for Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, which has increasingly exerted control over the Tehran regime, were involved in a plot to kill that Saudi ambassador to Washington in a restaurant. Iran denied the allegations. Then, on Sunday, in what have been another escalation, Iran’s news agency reported that Iranian armed forces shot down an unmanned U.S. spy plane that illegally crossed the country's eastern border.

Responding to the Iranian report, NATO command in Afghanistan released a terse statement Sunday: "The UAV to which the Iranians are referring may be a US unarmed reconnaissance aircraft that had been flying a mission over western Afghanistan late last week. The operators of the UAV lost control of the aircraft and had been working to determine its status."

Trita Parsi, president of the National Iranian American Council in Washington, said the tit-for-tat incidents “add up to a very worrisome picture,” in part because “the Iranians are absorbing all of these assassinations without seeing the pace of their nuclear program slow down to the extent it would be acceptable to the West.” But if Iranian retaliations grow serious enough, he said, they could provide “the pretext for a much larger war” in which the Israelis, and possibly the Americans, launch a full attack on Iran.

8 comments:

Ed Dunn said...

Why would the USA fly this ghetto stealth plane over Iran? I doubt it was the USA....

CNu said...

lol, your stealthy, loyal, and dutiful negroe conservative steeze cracks me up Ed...,

CNu said...

pentagon confirms downing of u.s. stealth drone http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/iran-says-it-downed-us-stealth-drone-pentagon-acknowledges-aircraft-downing/2011/12/04/gIQAyxa8TO_story.html

makheru bradley said...

Barack Obama is being led straight to Hell by the Zionists.  War with Iran will become an unimaginable catastrophe.

CNu said...

"unimaginable"?!?!?!

sheeeeeiiiiitttt.....,

one man's catastrophe is another's long-awaited freedom strategy...,

Ed Dunn said...

 From what I read, they lost contact of the drone and it landed over in the Iranian border. My point was not a conservative warhawk/liberal bleeding heart perspective but why would the USA use low-altitude drones over Iran when they have spy satellites and other high altitude recon aircrafts?

The drone program is used heavily by another country in the Middle East that is hated by the Arab nations and maybe the USA is taking the fall, but it makes no sense whatsoever to fly these drones in Iran airspace.

CNu said...

This drone is a high-altitude UAV (50,000 ft) and of course they'd use it in preference to satellites - because satellites are so damned expensive to reposition on an ad hoc basis. http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/12/05/us-military-sources-iran-has-missing-us-drone/

Ed Dunn said...

Thanks for the correction, just realize the adversaries don't have anything that will fly that high anyway.

However, it ain't looking good for a Black president to be losing stealth helicopters and stealth drones.