Sunday, February 13, 2005


Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Over Iran?

From Drudge:

The Bush administration has been flying surveillance drones over Iran to seek evidence of nuclear weapons programs and detect weaknesses in air defenses, the WASHINGTON POST is planning to splash on Sunday.

Newsroom sources tell DRUDGE: The small, pilotless planes, penetrating Iranian airspace from U.S. military facilities in Iraq, use radar, video, still photography and air filters designed to pick up traces of nuclear activity to gather information that is not accessible to satellites, the officials said.

The aerial espionage is standard in military preparations for an eventual air attack and is also employed as a tool for intimidation.

"The Iranian government, using Swiss channels in the absence of diplomatic relations with Washington, formally protested the illegal incursions, according to Iranian, European and U.S. officials."
If true, I have one word: good.

If military action is inevitable, intelligence is necessary. If military action is to be avoided, intelligence is necessary. No matter what happens, we would need as much information as possible about the Iranian nuclear program, not to mention its conventional military capabilities.

If true, it's not exactly kosher to violate another nation's airspace, but I will lose no sleep over this. There would be no reason to overfly Iran if they didn't have a nuclear program.

If I learned nothing else from network PSAs in the 80s it was that "knowledge is power."
And the Arabic proverb applies here, "A man without a knife is a dead man," and intell is our weapon of choice... at first. So, yeah, UAV flights don't cost nuthin' in terms of political repercussions, either domestically or internationally so keep it up.
Last April California Yankee posted Flying Saucers Invade Iran:

Today the Washington Post explains that Iran's UFOs are U.S. reconnaissance drones.
This speaks volumes about Iran's "Air Force" and air defenses in general. They know they are being overflown and how many have they downed?
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