Mr. President has a Little Stick – Bob Beauprez – Townhall Finance
December 10, 2011 3 Comments
“Walk softly and carry a big stick.”
U.S. officials have confirmed that Iran has recovered an American top secret RQ-170 drone. The drone reportedly went down near Kashmar in northeastern Iran about 120 miles from the Afghanistan border after U.S. remote pilots “lost control” of the unmanned state-of-the-art vehicle.
Contrary to early Iranian claims that they had shot down the drone, televised images show the vehicle to be essentially intact, which means the Iranians – and their Russian and Chinese “friends” – now have one of our most technologically advanced reconnaissance aircraft. A U.S. military official said this is a “huge loss and makes the top-secret helicopter tail lost during the Usama bin Laden raid in Pakistan ‘look like a pittance,’” according to Fox News.
In a televised ceremony displaying the captured drone, Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards aerospace program, said the drone was ambushed using “technical interference in order not to damage the aircraft,” according to a Wall Street Journal report. A banner underneath the drone carried the taunting phrase, “America can’t do a damn thing;” a favorite quote of Islamic revolutionary leader Ayatollah Khomeini.
“With early knowledge that the aircraft had likely remained intact, the senior U.S. official also told Fox News that President Obama was presented with three separate options for retrieving or destroying the drone. The president ultimately decided not to proceed with any of the plans because it could have been seen as an act of war, the official told Fox News.”
“Among the options the U.S. considered were sending in a special-ops team to retrieve the drone; sending in a team to blow up the aircraft; and launching an airstrike to destroy it.”
Somebody tell the President that the Iranians already are at war with the U.S. regardless of this incident. This is a regime sworn to destroy America, “the infidel Satanic regime.”
Iran is led by murderous nuke-obsessed mullahs and a Holocaust denying mad man who delivers Hitleresque rants inciting crowds with “death to America” and “death to Israel.” As Pam Geller of Atlas Shrugs.com accurately says, “Iran sees everything as an act of war.”
Blowing up a downed drone would have changed nothing.
This week in Osawatomie, Kansas the President likened himself to Teddy Roosevelt. Whatever similarities there might be, we doubt Teddy “Walk-softly-but-carry-a-big-stick” Roosevelt would have been overly concerned about displeasing the mullahs in Tehran. Nor for that matter would have FDR, the other President Roosevelt that Obama so likes to emulate – or, Truman, Kennedy, Reagan, Bush 41, Bush 43, or even Bill Clinton.
The question of protecting America’s national security or ruffling the feathers of a self-declared adversary is no question at all – except for Barack Obama.