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Saturday, January 30, 2016

Iran claims it flew a drone, took pics, of our carrier

Iran is claiming that it flew a surveillance drone over our carrier the USS Harry S. Truman and took "precise" photos as part of its ongoing attempts at further embarrassing us. Except they said it was part of an ongoing naval drill.

Iranian TV showed video of the purported event.

The U.S. Navy confirmed that an unarmed Iranian drone flew "directly over" the carrier on January 12th in international waters in the Persian Gulf, but did not say whether or not this was the same drone Iran bragged about. 

Interestingly, the drone event happened on the same day Iran took 10 of our sailors hostage at gunpoint, claiming they were "trespassing" in Iranian waters.

Following the hostage-taking, our so-called Secretary of State John Kerry thanked Iran for only holding the sailors hostage for a short time at gunpoint, but he didn't put it in those words exactly.

A video made the rounds on social media showing a bird's eye view of an aircraft carrier on the move, depicting multiple military aircraft on deck. However, there was no visible identifying marks on the ship and the Iranian claim could be a fraud.

"I am not in a position to confirm the Iranian video or if the event described in Iranian media reports is the one from January 12," Commander Kevin Stephens, a Navy Fifth Fleet spokesman said. "As previously noted, we are confident in our ability to respond appropriately as the situation dictates and will defend ourselves should that prove necessary."

Stephens said the carrier was in no danger but referring to the incident said, "It was, however, abnormal and unprofessional."

A week after the alleged drone incident, the United States released sanctions on Iran which provided them with over $100 billion to be used as they see fit. If the money is used to fund terrorism, as is the wont of Iran, there will be blood on president Obama's hands.

Back in late December, Iranian missile boats launched unguided missiles only 1,500 yards away from the carrier as it transited the Strait of Hormuz. While being "highly provocative," to quote a Navy spokesman, it was nothing compared to the hostage-taking and this latest drone debacle.

The message from Iran to its neighboring Islamic countries is clear: "We are the power to be reckoned with and the United States is weak."