Iran’s blatant attack on one of our drones was bad enough, but Iran is now claiming it could have been much worse.
Iran claims it had a manned surveillance plane with roughly three dozen passengers aboard in its sights, but they backed off and took down the drone instead.
Earlier this week, we all woke to the news that an unmanned U.S. drone had been shot down by Iran.
Drones like the one taken down are estimated to cost between $130 to $180 million each.
Even without any loss of American lives, it is a significant loss for the military.
Iran may be posturing by claiming that they were going to attack a manned aircraft, but the fact that they fired on any American resources is disturbing to say the least.
Trump Bails on Attack
After the drone was taken out, President Trump mulled striking back at Iran. However, after careful consideration, the President decided a drone, regardless of its cost, was not worth the lives of 150 people. So, he called off the attack.
The head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Aerospace Division, Amirali Hajizadeh, responded by saying, “With the U.S. drone in the region there was also an American P-8 plane with 35 people on board. This plane also entered our airspace and we could have shot it down, but we did not.”
The plane to which Hajizadeh was referring to was a surveillance plane that was also in the area.
According to the United States military, both the drone and the plane were in international airspace. Rather than a retaliatory strike, President Trump has decided additional sanctions will be placed on Iran.
Trump has stated that rather than commit troops or continue the cycle of endless wars in the middle east, he will just put a stranglehold on their economy.
While this is working, it is also making Iran more desperate, so it may just be a matter of time before they do something that will require a definitive and massive strike by President Trump and our military.