(Source: Touchstone Pictures)
"We've asked for it back. We'll see how the Iranians respond" - President Obama

There is no question that a U.S. RQ-170 Sentinel stealth drone went down earlier this month. Although U.S. officials confirmed that drone malfunctioned and was missing "somewhere near Afghanistan", they refrained from suggesting that the high-tech plane could be in Iranian hands.
However, President Obama opened the floodgates yesterday at a news conference by stating that his administration had been in direct contact with Iran regarding the drone. "We've asked for it back. We'll see how the Iranians respond," stated President Obama.
Unfortunately for President Obama, there's likely no chance that Iran would be willing to give back the drone under any conditions to the U.S. government. This is a sentiment that is echoed by military analysts that feel that the U.S. is in no position to request the return the drone that went down in enemy airspace while on a spying mission for the CIA.

[Source: ABC News]
"Good luck with that. I think I read this really bad plot line in a cheap novel a few years ago. Life imitating art, or something like that," said Richard Aboulafia of the Teal Group.
"I'm a little puzzled as to why he even bothered," added Dan Goure of the Lexington Institute.
Even former Vice President Dick Cheney jumped on the bandwagon to call into question Obama's handling of incident:
I was told that the president had three options on his desk. He rejected all of them.
They all involved sending somebody in, you know, to try to recover it or -- if you can't do that, and admittedly, that'd be a difficult operation -- you certainly could have gone in and destroyed it on the ground with an air strike.
But he didn't take any of the options. He asked nicely for them to return it and they aren't gonna do that.
For his part, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that his people have all the means to control the drone and that he considers it a gift from the U.S. according to CNN. "The North Americans at best have decided to give us this spy plane," said Ahmadinejad. "In the unpiloted planes, we have had many advances, much progress and now we have this spy plane."
American officials still haven't confirmed if the images shown on Iranian TV last week are those of the actual downed RQ-170 Sentinel.

Sources: CNN, Defense News, USA Today

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