November 8th, 2012
02:00 PM ET

FIRST ON CNN: Iranian jets fire on U.S. drone

By Barbara Starr

Two Iranian Su-25 fighter jets fired on an unarmed U.S. Air Force Predator drone in the Persian Gulf on November 1, the Pentagon disclosed on Thursday.

The incident, reported first by CNN, raised fresh concerns within the Obama administration about Iranian military aggression in crucial Gulf oil shipping lanes.

The drone was on routine maritime surveillance in international airspace east of Kuwait, 16 miles off the coast of Iran, U.S. officials said. The Predator was not hit.

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"Our aircraft was never in Iranian airspace. It was always flying in international air space. The recognized limit is 12 nautical miles off the coast and we never entered the 12 nautical mile limit," Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said in responding to questions from reporters after CNN reported the incident.

Little said the United States believed this was the first time an unmanned aircraft was shot at by the Iranians in international waters over the Gulf.  In December of 2011, a U.S. surveillance drone crashed in eastern Iran.  Iranians claimed to have shot it down, and created a toy model of the drone to celebrate its capture.

Little stopped short of calling the incident an act of war although the Pentagon was concerned.

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Two U.S. officials explained the jets were part of Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps force, which has been more confrontational than regular Iranian military forces.

At least two bursts of gunfire came from the Su-25s' cannons. The drone started to move away but the Iranian aircraft chased it, doing aerial loops around it before breaking away and returning to Iran.

The Obama administration did not disclose the incident before the presidential election, but three senior officials confirmed the details to CNN on Thursday.  They declined to be identified because of sensitive intelligence matters surrounding the matter.

The drone's still and video cameras captured the incident showing two Su-25s approaching the Predator and firing onboard guns.

The Iranian pilots continued to fire shots that went beneath the Predator but were never successful in hitting it, according to the officials.

U.S. military intelligence analysts are still not sure if the Iranian pilots simply were unable to hit the drone due to lack of combat skill, or whether they deliberately were missing and had no intention of bringing it down.

But as one of the officials said, "it doesn't matter, they fired on us."

Little said the United States has to assume Iran was trying to bring down the Predator.

The United States protested the incident but had not heard back from Iran.

Iran has, at other times, been confrontational in the region.  In January, the U.S. military and coast guard had close encounters with Iranian Navy vessels which approached at high speeds and exhibited provocative behavior.

Michael Oren, Israel's ambassador to the United States, declined to say whether his country knew about the incident before Pentagon officials

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    (a) For respect of the rights or reputations of others;

    (b) For the protection of national security or of public order (ordre public), or of public health or morals.

    Furthermore, Article 2(4) of the UN Charter states that "All members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state, or in any other manner inconsistent with the Purposes of the United Nations."

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    November 10, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Reply
  3. haman1

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    Bilateral Agreement

    The January 19, 1981, the United States government and the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran concluded the Algiers Accords. (Although the Accords was re-classified by George W. Bush, a review of it is accessible at Columbia Law Review, Vol. 81, No. 4 (May, 1981), pp. 822-90). Article 1 of the agreement is as follows:

    "I: Nonintervention In Iranian Affairs 1. The United States pledges that it is and from now on will be the policy of the United States not to intervene, directly or indirectly, politically or militarily, in Iran's internal affairs."

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    November 10, 2012 at 4:01 pm | Reply
    • TGK

      What "internal affairs" in Iran is the U.S. interfering with?

      November 10, 2012 at 8:18 pm | Reply
      • haman1

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        1. The United States pledges that it is and from now on will be the policy of the United States not to intervene, directly or indirectly, politically or militarily, in Iran's internal affairs."

        November 10, 2012 at 8:45 pm |
      • TGK

        Haman1: I read just fine...again, what internal situation in Iran is the U.S. "interfering" with? Answer the question, before you give me a headache...

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    The January 19, 1981, the United States government and the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran concluded the Algiers Accords. (Although the Accords was re-classified by George W. Bush, a review of it is accessible at Columbia Law Review, Vol. 81, No. 4 (May, 1981), pp. 822-90). Article 1 of the agreement is as follows:

    "I: Nonintervention In Iranian Affairs 1. The United States pledges that it is and from now on will be the policy of the United States not to intervene, directly or indirectly, politically or militarily, in Iran's internal affairs."

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    November 10, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Reply
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  7. Ashneel

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    November 10, 2012 at 3:57 am | Reply
    • Joseph

      Obama is not a great man, voter fraud...and now looking to start World War 3....Wake up

      November 10, 2012 at 11:37 am | Reply
      • TGK

        WWIII? Which countries are going to come to Iran's defense and get into a direct military confrontation with the U.S. after precision strikes are carried out on Iran's nuclear weapons facilities?

        November 10, 2012 at 8:28 pm |
      • Ashneel

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  10. CC

    Interesting how this was kept quiet until after the election. Why are we just hearing about this on November 8th, 2 days after the election?

    November 9, 2012 at 7:23 pm | Reply
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      November 9, 2012 at 10:37 pm | Reply
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    November 9, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Reply
  13. AngryJew

    The real enemy is Israel not Iran.

    November 9, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Reply
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      You're an idiot.

      November 9, 2012 at 6:54 pm | Reply
    • CC

      Well that makes two who believe this.....you and Obama.

      November 9, 2012 at 7:43 pm | Reply
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    With the dollar sliding quickly into oblivion, the banking cartel have no other choice but to start a war, that's what they do. Even if Romney would have won the election we are sure to get the same two things from either side, death and debt. Now be good citizens and breed somemore soliders! we'll soon have 3 warfronts to mantain.

    November 9, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Reply
  15. Machismo

    So, Please tell me why the Drone did not defend it's self? It is quite capable of that ....correct? Spineless Administration.

    November 9, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Reply
    • trentluv

      ...because they aren't morons.

      November 9, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Reply
    • DJS

      Read the first line of the article again... The keywords being "unarmed U.S. Air Force Predator drone"

      November 9, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Reply
      • TGK

        In addition, even if it was "armed", the MQ-1 is armed with Hellfire air to surface missiles. No U.S. UAV is armed with self-defense (air-to-air) capabilities... People sure post some ignorant questions...easy to find out this basic information on the internet. Must be just too lazy to type a couple of keywords and read...

        November 9, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
    • mark smith

      It was stated in the article that the drone was un-armed.

      November 9, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Reply
    • Jeepsrule98

      Not all drones are armed idiot. Most are for survelliance and reconnaissance. Some drones can be armed with Hell Fire Missiles, those are for Air to Ground atacks. Drones are not for dog fights with jets armed with Air-to-Air missiles and 30mm machineguns.

      November 9, 2012 at 6:18 pm | Reply
    • Tmos

      Depends on what type of drove it is. Not all drones are armed.

      November 9, 2012 at 6:24 pm | Reply
    • Alan Hefley

      I guess you don't know what unarmed means.

      November 10, 2012 at 9:21 am | Reply
  16. Joe Biden

    Just a minor bump in the road towards the USA's peaceful path with Iran and the nation of Islam

    November 9, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Reply
  17. cd

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    November 9, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Reply
    • pladin

      You do realize this drone was shopt at 5 days before the election. So CNN once again carried the water.

      November 9, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Reply
      • ladypatriot

        This is another addition to the numerous ways Obama 's people cheated to win the presidency. They knew of it 5 days BEFORE the election and kept it from us until a couple days AFTER the election. Let's call it as it is. It was censorship, ignoring and abusing our Freedom of the Press, and, again, keeping the TRUTH from the American people. They know they wouldn't and couldn't have won the election without lies, half-truths, omission of the truth and true facts.

        November 9, 2012 at 7:19 pm |
      • CC

        Lady patriot is absolutely correct in her statement.
        CNN needs to do a news story covering why the Obama administration took 24 government agencies off the freedom of information act? This administration clams to be transparent but their actions show they are not.

        November 9, 2012 at 7:36 pm |
  18. Grapost

    THE PENTAGON IS LYING! The drone was over Iranian soil. This US has been invading Iranian air space with spy drones for years to spy on their nuclear facilities. There is nothing of intelligence value 16 miles off the Iranian coast in any direction so it bull to say it was there.

    It's just like in the 1950's when the US was sending U2 Spy Planes into Russian air space to spy on the them and finally the Russians shot one down with a missile.

    The spy drones are stealth but it looks like the Iranians were able to detect this one an send a jet up to shoot it down.

    What would we do if Iran, China or Russian sent spy drones into our country flying over our cities. SHOOT THEM DOWN! So the Iranians did nothing wrong, but the media won't tell you that.

    Remember, a U.S. warship shot down an Iranian passenger airliner in 1988 killing 300 people!

    Link: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/inatl/longterm/flight801/stories/july88crash.htm

    November 9, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Reply
    • TGK

      MQ-1s are "stealth"? You're creditabilty is even further in the toilet...

      November 9, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Reply
    • amerikaz_ally

      The Gary Powers U2 was only one of over thirty U2s (and crews) that were downed by the CCCP. Another propaganda spewed by a lackey press. Don't trust any Estate of the Big Banks.

      TGK, your logic is linear at best. Get a job!

      November 9, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Reply
      • TGK

        Get a job? Just got back to home station from the CAOC on a 6 month deployment in the Arabian Gulf working on the combat ops floor working directly with these MQ-1s... You can take your foot out of your mouth now...you lose.

        November 9, 2012 at 2:14 pm |
  19. Grapost

    THE PENTAGON IS LYING! The drone was over Iranian soil. This US has been invading Iranian air space with spy drones for years to spy on their nuclear facilities. There is nothing of intelligence value 16 miles off the Iranian coast in any direction so it bull to say it was there.

    It's just like in the 1950's when the US was sending U2 Spy Planes into Russian air space to spy on the them and finally the Russians shot one down with a missile.

    The spy drones are stealth but it looks like the Iranians were able to detect this one an send a jet up to shoot it down.

    What would we do if Iran, China or Russian sent spy drones into our country flying over our cities. SHOOT THEM DOWN! So the Iranians did nothing wrong, but the media won't tell you that.

    Remember, a U.S. warship shot down and Iranian passenger airliner in 1988 killing 300 people!

    Link: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/inatl/longterm/flight801/stories/july88crash.htm

    November 9, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Reply
    • Robin

      Thank you...................People need to stop watching general media................ The drones had invaded their airspace............ People are so thrilled to send the neighbor's kids to war

      November 9, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Reply
  20. wilsmith24

    Let me get this right...............................The pilots of iran could not destroy an unman air craft?? WOW what noobs. next time lets send paper planes.

    November 9, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Reply
  21. Lonni

    Hmmm. I was thinking about this last night and came to the conclusion that this is Iran jerking Americas chain. If they had really wanted to shoot the Drone down, they would have. If a Jet can put a lock on a missile and take it out, a Drone would be even easier. No, what Iran was doing was psychological, a "we can get you whenever we want to" flip off. Now, they are just waiting to see how Obama is going to respond because that is what this little "test" was all about from the get-go.

    November 9, 2012 at 11:32 am | Reply
    • John Null

      As civilized citizens of the USA we are duty bound to confront anyone, any armed force and especially a knon JIHAD nation who sends strike aircraft into our sp, our shared space over international waters for the purpose of shooting down one of our own aircraft simply because we must show the attacker that we will turn and face an enemy. A show of weakness gets zero respect. In fact it works like a charm when jihadist people are involved. They love to attack people who show weakness. It's like adding salt to a wound and jihadists work from a position of being wounded.

      Cooler heads must prevail or else.
      soldierV1

      November 9, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Reply
    • amerikaz_ally

      I only wish they took out a Stealth. Iran is a sovereign state and one of the oldest Civilizations on earth, unlike the pagan barbarian that characterizes the Estados Unidos. Congratulations, Iran !

      (It was the Estados Unidos and Britain who murdered their democratically elected President back in 1953, and installed a diabolical secret police qua M15, CIA, Mossad...)

      November 9, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Reply
    • BeeGee

      A SU-25 is not really a fighter jet. It has a cannon but was not probably carrying a serious Air to air package. It was designed for ground support, much like a A-10 for the US. I doubt that the Iranian pilots have received much air to air gun training and an SU-25 pilot probably none. Was never impressed by the Iranian pilots when they were in the US training pipeline.

      November 9, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Reply
  22. America 1st

    BWHAHAHAHAAHA, MORE LIES AND PROPAGANDA FROM THE CNN TALKING HEADS,, ALRIGHT SO LET 'S SUM IT BEFORE THE PRO- ISRAEL SHILLS ARE SCREAMING , LET S BOMB IRAN!!! LETS BOMB IRAN. KRAUTMHAMMER SAID THE FIRST ONES TO SHOOT DOWN A DRONE WILL BE HAILED PATRIOTS,,,, SO THE IRANIANS ARE THE PATRIOTS,,,, IF YOU SEND SPYING PLANES OFF OF THE COAST OF THE U.S.A YES IT WILL GET SHOT DOWN,,THINGS LIKE THAT WILL HAPPEN , SO NO ITS NOT AN ACT OF WAR, BUT AN ACT OF DEFENSE, SO I DONT SEE THE BIG WHOOP HERE....... OH BY THE FOR A YOU STUPID AMERICANS WHO THOUGHT THERE WAS GOING TO BE A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN OBOZO AND MITTENS YOU ARE IN A SAD STATE... WAKE YOU DUMMIES,,,,,,, CNN IS LOSING VIEWERSHIP BECAUSE YOU CAN CUT THROUGH THE LIES WITH A BUTTERKNIFE!!!!!!!!!!

    November 9, 2012 at 11:05 am | Reply
    • TGK

      Are you in the U.S. military? Specifically at the EADS, WADS, ANR or CONR? If you're not, then you need to really zip you mouth on what our reaction would be towards a foreign country flying their aircraft in international airspace off our coast. The Russians have been flying their Tu-95s up and down the AK and CONUS coasts ROUTINELY and NOTHING HAPPENS.
      You are clueless...

      November 9, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Reply
  23. Schnitz.38

    The messiah wouldn't protect our ambassador or security people in Benghazi...... He certainly isn't going to be upset about an unmaned drone. "Al Qaeda is dessimated and on the ropes".... Chris Matthews tells us the sanctions are working in Iran. and the progressives drive around in cars with stickers that say "War is not the answer".
    They think capitalism is evil and that we should surender and die.

    November 9, 2012 at 11:05 am | Reply
  24. magicbeans

    "Two Iranian Su-25 fighter jets fired on an unarmed U.S. Air Force Predator drone in the Persian Gulf on November 1, the Pentagon disclosed on Thursday."

    By Thursday you mean after the election, right? How long did CNN sit on this story for their Candidate?

    November 9, 2012 at 11:03 am | Reply
  25. Veritas Lavinga

    It's a declaration of war. Lets invade them!

    November 9, 2012 at 10:45 am | Reply
    • magicbeans

      First we must investigate. It will be a long investigation so that you don't remember what they were investigating when its finally done. Then we will look at how we probably had it coming to us anyway by somehow dissing them on youtube. Then we will arrest the video maker and sentence him to a year in federal prison and apologize to the Iranians for the first ammendment. This is Obama Land after all. Where everything is free except for us.

      November 9, 2012 at 11:08 am | Reply
    • America 1st

      Veritas, you are either an idiot or a pro-Israel shill, do us all favor find the nearest window and leap!!

      November 9, 2012 at 11:11 am | Reply
      • magicbeans

        You call yourself America 1st how ironic. Would it have been an act of war if it would have beenhit or manned? Or is it okay for other countries to shoot at our aircraftsover international waters just cause?

        November 9, 2012 at 11:27 am |
  26. Larry42

    Don't worry. Obama will apologize.

    November 9, 2012 at 10:25 am | Reply
  27. MickeyFL

    The good news is that they have now exposed themselves as not even being able to shootdown a remote-controlled airplane with 2 fighter jets. Good luck when Israel (re U.S.) bombs their nuclear facilities in the next few months.

    November 9, 2012 at 10:15 am | Reply
    • magicbeans

      The US plans on holding Israels feet to the fire and preventing them from doing anything to Iran.

      November 9, 2012 at 11:29 am | Reply
  28. Barry bin Inhalin

    November 1 hunh? 51%? Suckers.

    Isn't transparency cool when it's hidden? Can't wait for the Fiscal Cliff to get here so you all can (continue) to eat cake.

    November 9, 2012 at 8:43 am | Reply
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      November 9, 2012 at 10:20 am | Reply
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      November 9, 2012 at 10:21 pm | Reply
  30. Steve

    What an outrageous piece of non-journalism. Anonymous sources? Check. Parroting without skepticism the government account of events? Check. No attempt to question the facts, i.e. what was the drone doing? Check. Etc.

    This is not journalism it's stenography. What a pathetic organization CNN has become. Starr is a simply a press release writer for the government.

    Why does it matter? Meida stenography of government lies, raher than factual reporting, got us into the Iraq war. Remember the big NY Times story about WMD. All Petnatgon BS we know now. How about Vietnam. Remember those torpedo boats that fired at US ships in the Gulf of Tonkin - a major rationale for another ill-advised military foray? All lies we konw now.

    Hey CNN, how about sending your reporters back to journalism school for a refresher?

    November 9, 2012 at 8:30 am | Reply
    • tomdoc5

      Steve, you are spot on. Sadly, this is not the only example we see on a day to day basis, it's an ongoing trudgery of propoganda. Even more sadly, most people are too dumb to realize it and see their news for what it is, garbage. The only real organization with the chance for producing REAL journalism is PBS, but with the gubment's greasy fingers all over that now too, it's a long shot. Ideally, PBS should be funded by "viewers like you", and by an electorate who cares enough about media independence and journalism to fund it. Amen brother, more attention needs to be brought to the incompetence of media, since so many other problems (as you explained) stem from it.

      November 9, 2012 at 9:11 am | Reply
  31. Phil Divver

    First, how would our enemy know the drone was un armed? Second, if the Iranian military is responsible for protecting their country from any threat., then they are obligated to take drone or any other perceived threat down whether in their nation's airspace or not. Why? Because they can without any consequence from our weak Traitor in Chief who will do nothing but bore everyone with another useless speech expressing his benign outrage.

    November 9, 2012 at 8:30 am | Reply
    • Chris

      This just sounds silly and makes you sound small-minded. What do you expect this president, or any president for that matter, to do in response? Start an international war because they fired upon our drone? Please. If it had been an American pilot, or any other branch of the military, then I see the rationale for a military response. But to argue that Obama is a traitor because he won't place a consequence upon Iran is just ideologically small-minded. Get over the fact that he doesn't operate the way you want. The genius of democracy is that you like some leaders, despise others, and sometimes you get your way.

      I don't see any reason the US should risk one life for that country. Keep running the drones, and just be sure to have a response ready if it becomes potentially lethal.

      November 9, 2012 at 9:45 am | Reply
      • magicbeans

        Its an act of war but whatever.Liberals are so insightful. I expect he will do nothing because that's what he always does. I'm sure killing an Ambassador and three other Americans is fine too. Lets not freak out about it. lets find a new safe label for it so you and the Administration can continue to keep your heads frimly between your butt cheeks. Sure that will work what an awesome foreign policy.

        November 9, 2012 at 11:22 am |
  32. Steve

    What an outrageous piece of non-journalism. Anonymous sources? Check. Parroting without skepticism the government account of events? Check. No attempt to question the facts, i.e. what was the drone doing? Check. Etc.

    This is not journalism it's stenography. What a pathetic organization CNN has become. Starr is a simply a press release writer for the government.

    Why does it matter? Meida stenography got us into the Iraq war. Remember the big NY Times story about WMD. All Petnatgon BS we know now. How about Vietnam. Remember those torpedo boats that fired at US ships in the Gulf of Tonkin - a major rationale for another ill-advised military foray? All lies we konw now.

    Hey CNN, how about sending your reporters back to journalism school for a refresher?

    November 9, 2012 at 8:30 am | Reply
  33. BillD

    I think Iran needs a good old fashioned nukin'

    November 9, 2012 at 8:27 am | Reply
  34. Steve McCrone

    Americas new stance on people that attack America, STAND DOWN STAND DOWN STAND DOWN, and DENIED DENIED DENIED so everyone get your steel pot and Kevlar liners we will be needing them.

    November 9, 2012 at 8:22 am | Reply
    • Jebbie

      Who has attacked America this time?

      November 9, 2012 at 9:01 am | Reply
      • magicbeans

        You probably didn't hear about Benghazi. But that's understandable because the meida had to protect their candidate. We lost an Ambassador and a few Americans. No biggie. Were filling it under workplace violence and investigating how to punsih ourselves for upsetting the Lybian rebels.

        November 9, 2012 at 11:25 am |
  35. eville11

    if you don't call raiding an embassy and killing an ambassador an act of war, screwing with an unmanned drone over international waters is nothing.

    November 9, 2012 at 7:25 am | Reply
    • redbloodedxy

      Trouble is a tenacious bully that habitually provokes the undeserving as well as the deserving. So - which one are we ??

      November 9, 2012 at 8:11 am | Reply
      • magicbeans

        Um. I'm sure in your head we are whoever is to blame for everything bad that has happened in the whole world ever. Did I get it right?

        November 9, 2012 at 11:34 am |
  36. American for America

    Why are we antagonizing other countries? We do not find drones in America acceptable to our privacy. We invade, bomb and destroy other countries because they do not fall in line with what our government’s idea of democracy is. Our forefathers fought our wars for our freedom. It’s about time to let the other countries worry about themselves. Time for America to worry about Americans, time for secrecy of a big government to end. Time to look threw the lies and demand the truth.

    November 9, 2012 at 7:03 am | Reply
    • UneducatedMasses

      Jesus Christ go back to school and get an education. Specifically hit up the US history subject area.

      November 9, 2012 at 7:22 am | Reply
      • Escape from uprising

        You mean "indoctrinated". Americans may know all paths in this world don't involve Israel, but according to any media or Washington, at any moment something could happen so send more money and help us.... It's sick.

        November 9, 2012 at 7:56 am |
      • graffin

        I'd say spelling, too.

        November 9, 2012 at 9:18 am |
      • American for America

        If you’re referring to our history as a country I do not need and education. As for modern day history of our country and the construed truth that you are feed through the mass media outlet then you would be the one who needs to do a little more research. Let’s see: lies from you commander and chief over Benghazi , Fast and Furious scandal all whistle blowers saw ramifications for their action in letting the People know. The CIA whistle blower in the Fast and Furious scandal was fired in a Denny’s parking lot. Benghazi, The President was watching as it unfolded and denied help when it was called in then lied when asked (right before the election). Why would that happen leaves me to believe there were other motives there….. Learn to question what you’re told and do your research. There are more instances where this happens, to many to name. We all know that well know terrorist were trained and paid to do our governments bidding. You must be one of the narrow minded morons that have caused this great country to become what it is. Let’s go full circle with this. Give me the truth of why were there no distorted lies. Too many great citizens of this country have lost their lives to what the government tells us is to promote democracy or to protect the people. We as people question others integrity every day why not question the government.

        November 9, 2012 at 9:49 am |
    • Alex

      The drone was flying over international waters. It wasn't over Iranian airspace. It wasn't antagonizing anything.

      November 9, 2012 at 8:54 am | Reply
    • Henshaw

      Seriously, I think it's time we teach this guys some lesson.

      November 9, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Reply
  37. lanic

    im not agreeing or disagreeing with anyone, but there is an old saying
    if you want peace, prepare for war

    November 9, 2012 at 7:01 am | Reply
    • Janko Svarc

      Exactly. Apparently, that's what the Iranians are doing: preparing for WAR.

      November 9, 2012 at 8:55 am | Reply
  38. joe

    Protocol 7,para3. – UNIVERSAL WAR. " We must be in a position to respond to every act of oppsition by war with the neighbours of that country which dares to oppose us: but if these neighbours should also venture to stand collectively together against us, then we must offer resistance by a universal war. 4.- The principal factor of success in the political is the secrecy of its undertakings : the word should not agree with the deeds of the diplomat." – (Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion).

    November 9, 2012 at 6:51 am | Reply
  39. ronald vegliano

    JUST EAT MORE BOSTON BAKED BEANS ! ! ! U S A #1 U S A :D

    November 9, 2012 at 6:48 am | Reply
  40. David

    US sends drone to spy on Iran, as it has done continuously for years, no doubt collecting targeting data to assist in US/Israeli attack on Iran. Iran reportedly fires at drone gathering targeting data to assist US in bombing Iran. US astonished at Iran’s “aggression” toward US drone gathering intelligence to assist a US attack on Iran.
    “‘There is absolutely no precedence for this,’ [Pentagon spokesman George] Little said. ‘This is the first time that a (drone) has been fired upon to our knowledge by Iranian aircraft.’”
    US shocked that the Iranians would have the gall to respond to US hostile gestures in the region. Oh but it was in international waters!
    Imagine the US response to an Iranian drone operating in international Gulf of Mexico waters off of Florida.

    November 9, 2012 at 6:39 am | Reply
    • Doug

      Dave, you thoughts on the drone attacks within the sovereign nation of Pakistan killing innocent Pakis thus becoming nothing more than a Taliban recruitment tool?

      November 9, 2012 at 6:44 am | Reply
    • magicbeans

      Last week there was a Russian Nuke Sub 200 miles off our shores. How did we react to it?

      November 9, 2012 at 11:39 am | Reply
  41. derekS

    I would actually support Obama if he simply to Iran, im coming for a week. Then do it. Fly Air Force 1 rt on in there . There would be big ceremony. Go see the country and its people. Force the public on both sides to befriend each other. I spent 2 yrs in iran yrs ago, and people are people. They are very nice and kind.
    Most americans would be surprised.

    November 9, 2012 at 6:21 am | Reply
    • sasafar

      After 911 the Iranian people spontaneoulsy gathered for a candlelight vigil, everywhere else in the mideast, people celebrated....ill never forget that

      November 9, 2012 at 6:56 am | Reply
    • magicbeans

      Um I think the problem is they want to wipe Israel off the map and have a nuke. While we are being forced to befriend eachother how would you have the President handle this situation with Israel? Would you simply say hey whateer just leave us out of it were buds now. Or would you orce Iran to befriend Israel too. Brilliamt foreign policy you have there how come no one else has already thought about doing this?

      November 9, 2012 at 11:42 am | Reply
  42. Ajibola Aries

    Certain things are sometimes better left alone. This is just one of them. I believe the Iranians only tried to bluf and knew the implications of actually bringing down the drone. And even if it was a failed attempt to bring down the drone, it's better the Americans allow the matter to lie low and pass because the consequences of aggravating it is not in anybody's best interest.

    November 9, 2012 at 6:18 am | Reply
  43. zak

    I wonder if Iran going around and using drone within international water near USA I bet they will destroy anything flying by that's how paranoia americans are

    So who gave the right to be there in the first place why are american using such a spying toy going around oh we are in international water we didn't get further than that damn cry me river go back near your own border you will be fine

    November 9, 2012 at 4:53 am | Reply
    • eville11

      USA would jam its cameras and sat feed. and send it back in the direction it came from.

      November 9, 2012 at 7:28 am | Reply
    • Tom

      Zak, hey stupid, Israel just shot down an Iranian drone, except it was in Israeli airspace. What is it with you liberals who always, ALWAYS blame the USA first, but when your butt is in a sling look for the USA for help.

      November 9, 2012 at 7:31 am | Reply
  44. allenwoll

    IRAN is IRRELEVANT ! ! ! .

    Cool it ! !

    November 9, 2012 at 4:40 am | Reply
    • Larry

      UNTIL THEY GET A NUKE

      November 9, 2012 at 11:41 am | Reply
  45. rick1948

    If two Iranian SU-25s couldn't shoot down an unarmed, subsonic drone, there's not much worry about the iranian Air Force.

    November 9, 2012 at 3:48 am | Reply
    • bourne

      Amerika be warned your power is declining. Remember what candi Rice said during the GOP convention... you cant lead from behind. And your enemies are sure to test you when you show weakness. Iranian firing missiles on americas drone in an unprovoke attack? Interesting .. Could this have happen under Walker Bush. They wouldnt even dare. But now they becos you have a leader who dont understand what power is

      November 9, 2012 at 4:24 am | Reply
      • Fluck

        The US terror drones that kill innocent civilians thousands of miles away from any US territory are a constant act of aggression. Most of the world thinks these disgusting American war crimes are worse than any of the lies CNN regurgitates from Fox News about Iran.

        Everyone that doesn't live in the USA would rather see Iran "win" rather than the USA starting world war 3 and killing another million innocent civilians in Iran, like you did in Iraq.

        November 9, 2012 at 6:07 am |
      • Donna Noe

        @ Bourne. Please stop writing if you can't write proper English. You seem to be quite ignorant of US military power. We could blow Iran of the face of the earth with the push of a button. Although, most Americans, including me, have the hope of world peace.

        November 9, 2012 at 6:18 am |
    • Jo

      No one said fired missile just fired they probably just fired with guns not missile and because a drone is small it is hard to hit it without missile

      November 9, 2012 at 4:24 am | Reply
      • Hands Handley

        Nonsense. You can certainly lock on to a Predator with either infrared or radar... but there is absolutely no reason to waste an expensive missile because drones are slow and can't jink. Shooting one down with the gun is like strafing trucks. Don't kid yourself.

        November 9, 2012 at 6:45 am |
  46. ralphgmiami-NYC

    Religion will be taxed because all of the false ones are responsible for war.

    November 9, 2012 at 3:47 am | Reply
  47. CTA Kedzie

    More sabre-rattling! A nuclear armed Iran is no threat to the US. It's no threat to Europe. It's certainly no threat to Israel, including the Palestinians, Arabs, Persians and Muslims living in and near it that Iran has no desire to harm. Furthermore, Iran's leadership certainly does not want to be vaporized at the hands of western forces; how embarrassing that would be. And the theocracy Iran's leadership controls and maintains provides them with a cushy life. They have no desire to chuck it down the gutter. But of course, this is just stating the obvious. Critical thinkers know that the real reason the US opposes a nuclear armed Iran is because it levels the playing field. The US/West has been invading, occupying and stripping away natural resources in the Middle East for well over a century now. Ever since Britain realized the advantages of creating an Israeli state, the west has had a permanent base in the Middle East to prop up its interests. But today the west shudders in fear as non-western players become more powerful in our increasingly globalized world, including ones that aren't willing to bend over backward for Western imperialism. Now Iran probably will be bombed, innocent citizens there will be killed, but this doesn't change anything for the West. The hegemony is coming to an end. No amount of fear mongering, bombing or "freedom spreading" will change this reality. It might delay it, but it won't change it.

    November 9, 2012 at 3:42 am | Reply
    • me

      you really are a moron...Stop drinking the kool aid

      November 9, 2012 at 4:55 am | Reply
      • schoenleber

        Back up your ad-hominem attack! Why don't you use your ideas to communicate your opinion? Or is that asking to much of you? IMO Kedzie nailed it on the head! The only suicidal thing for the Iranians to do, would be to NOT secure a nuclear weapon. We have thousands, and Israel has hundreds, so why should we go to war with Iran for securing peace of mind for themselves??

        November 9, 2012 at 5:12 am |
    • RichardS

      More sabre-rattling! A nuclear armed Iran is no threat to the US. It's no threat to Europe. It's certainly no threat to Israel, including the Palestinians, Arabs, Persians and Muslims living in and near it that Iran has no desire to harm. Furthermore, Iran's leadership certainly does not want to be vaporized at the hands of western forces; how embarrassing that would be. And the theocracy Iran's leadership controls and maintains provides them with a cushy life. They have no desire to chuck it down the gutter. But of course, this is just stating the obvious. Critical thinkers know that the real reason the US opposes a nuclear armed Iran is because it levels the playing field. The US/West has been invading, occupying and stripping away natural resources in the Middle East for well over a century now. Ever since Britain realized the advantages of creating an Israeli state, the west has had a permanent base in the Middle East to prop up its interests. But today the west shudders in fear as non-western players become more powerful in our increasingly globalized world, including ones that aren't willing to bend over backward for Western imperialism. Now Iran probably will be bombed, innocent citizens there will be killed, but this doesn't change anything for the West. The hegemony is coming to an end. No amount of fear mongering, bombing or "freedom spreading" will change this reality. It might delay it, but it won't change it.

      LOL! - BarachObama, is that you again?! Don't you have a country to run? For the POTUS to post anonymously on the CNN security blog is a waste of time. Another round of golf instead maybe?

      November 9, 2012 at 6:50 am | Reply
  48. Ray

    Easy answer dumba$$es just like the US Iran declares a 200 mile limit of oceanic flight space and that puts the drone well within the Iranian airspace.

    November 9, 2012 at 3:41 am | Reply
  49. Gary D.

    ...This article leads us to the logical question...
    WHY did we NOT blast their SU-25 out of the sky if they were firing at us?!
    WHY did we allow them to take pot shots at the drone?!
    Their plane should be sitting on the bottom of the gulf right now.

    November 9, 2012 at 3:35 am | Reply
    • vicmvn

      Fire with what? with the drone? think before you talk/write!

      November 9, 2012 at 4:29 am | Reply
    • Beelzebub

      Possibly because the drone was unarmed and therefore unable to shoot back.

      We should correct this by installing Sidewinder or Stinger missiles on the drones.

      November 9, 2012 at 4:31 am | Reply
    • Aydin

      You already did that in 1988, killing 190 people.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iran_Air_Flight_655

      Besides, it's called the Persian Gulf, not the American Gulf, so why are the Americans there in the first place.

      How would your military act if Iran would decided to patrol the American coastline?

      November 9, 2012 at 4:50 am | Reply
      • Albert

        Why are we there, you say??? Well, if you read anything besides the politico drole from CNN, you would have read that the U.S. Military was doing excercises in the Persian Gulf, and the drone was observing those said excercises.....

        November 9, 2012 at 12:48 pm |
  50. acrscout

    This type of action is typical of Obama, Iran commits and act of war in international airspace and Obama wants to have a discussion, but if an American citizen questions Obama's motives in passage of a law which infringes on our rights, that citizens gets a visit from the Secret Service with a warning to "Watch What You Say and Keep Quiet".

    November 9, 2012 at 3:29 am | Reply
    • thedarkelf

      Well another in the growing list of countries and people who threaten America and its people. And Osorry has done little to deter any further actions by these enemies of America.

      November 9, 2012 at 3:42 am | Reply
    • rick1948

      That's the good thing about drones. You have no pilot to retrieve and don't have to do something quickly over a few bucks worth of hardware.

      November 9, 2012 at 4:08 am | Reply
      • yhhb

        Do u really think that they wanted to down that and coudlnt make it?

        November 9, 2012 at 5:45 am |
  51. Tahi

    Iran took a pot shot at an unarmed computer so the American Taliban want to roll out the nukes and kill millions. Who are the extremists again?.

    November 9, 2012 at 3:26 am | Reply
    • Jannai

      America is the root of all terror. America has invaded sixty country since world war 2.
      In 1953 America overthrow Iran's democratic government and installed a brutal dictator Shah. America helped Shah of Iran to establish secret police and killed thousands of Iranian people.
      During Iran-Iraq war evil America supported Suddam Hossain and killed millions of Iranian people. In 1989, America shot down Iran's civilian air plane, killing 290 people.
      In 2003,America invaded Iraq and killed 1,000,000+ innocent Iraqi people and 4,000,000+ Iraqi people were displaced.
      Now America is a failed state with huge debt. Its debt will be 22 trillion by 2015.

      November 9, 2012 at 3:27 am | Reply
    • Alison

      Islam is in war with world.

      November 9, 2012 at 5:18 am | Reply
  52. Keksi

    So Iranian jets spotted drone 12 miles away??? And they fired on drone from 12 miles???

    November 9, 2012 at 3:06 am | Reply
  53. Gal Lore

    I cannot believe that Obama actually celebrated his election "victory" as 61% of white Americans did not vote for him–an amazing statistic.

    November 9, 2012 at 3:03 am | Reply
    • The Lorax

      I find your sour-grapes lightly veiled racist rant amusing. Perhaps you, Donald Trump, Ted Nugent and Victoria Jackson should have a pity party with plenty of assault rifles fired into the air (watch for those shells falling back to earth) and showing off your birth certificates and college transcripts (what a rave) :)

      November 9, 2012 at 3:40 am | Reply
    • Thomas

      It takes an ignorant person to make a comment like yours. If whites are losing influence it's because they don't study and work as hard as others these days. Perhaps you should pray more? More educated people overwhelmingly voted for Obama. Whatever the colour. Just sayin... Anyway I post this because any of this "white" business drives me nuts and doesn't make any sense. I'm a white Canadian living in Africa, btw.

      November 9, 2012 at 4:28 am | Reply
      • Tameka Jones

        You aren't Canadian if you live in Africa idiot. Oh lets put a red leaf on our flag because we love leaves. STFU Thomas. OBAMA 2016!!!

        November 9, 2012 at 9:57 am |
  54. MPA

    Nothing to see here. The US won't retaliate on something so trivial.

    November 9, 2012 at 3:00 am | Reply
  55. NoConfusion

    More war propaganda from CNN. "Iran has, at other times, been confrontational in the region." Iran has been confrontational? Are you effin kidding me? Sanctions, scientists murdered, factories blownup and cyber attacks are all things that have happened to Iran yet cnn calls them confrontational. What a joke! If cnn had any honesty they would state we are pushing war in syria and iran. Remember "Syrian Danny"?

    November 9, 2012 at 2:45 am | Reply
    • HCMC_MCPO

      Why are you backing the terrorists? If you are, that means you are also a terrorist and deserve to be strangled with a pigs intestines and drown in pigs blood with the rest of the sand monkeys!

      November 9, 2012 at 3:23 am | Reply
    • Jannai

      America is the root of all terror. America has invaded sixty country since world war 2.
      In 1953 America overthrow Iran's democratic government and installed a brutal dictator Shah. America helped Shah of Iran to establish secret police and killed thousands of Iranian people.
      During Iran-Iraq war evil America supported Suddam Hossain and killed millions of Iranian people. In 1989, America shot down Iran's civilian air plane, killing 290 people.
      In 2003,America invaded Iraq and killed 1,000,000+ innocent Iraqi people and 4,000,000+ Iraqi people were displaced.
      Now America is a failed state with huge debt. Its debt will be 22 trillion by 2015.

      November 9, 2012 at 3:31 am | Reply
      • bob

        Jannai go farm some more dirt!

        November 9, 2012 at 3:58 am |
  56. Jenny

    What would US do if Iranian made drone flying around Atlantic INTERNATIONAL water just 16 nautical miles from NY?

    November 9, 2012 at 2:42 am | Reply
    • Joe

      The Atlantic coast is not the busiest oil shipping lane in the world and we are not threatening to mine it.

      November 9, 2012 at 2:44 am | Reply
    • Jannai

      America is the root of all terror. America has invaded sixty country since world war 2.
      In 1953 America overthrow Iran's democratic government and installed a brutal dictator Shah. America helped Shah of Iran to establish secret police and killed thousands of Iranian people.
      During Iran-Iraq war evil America supported Suddam Hossain and killed millions of Iranian people. In 1989, America shot down Iran's civilian air plane, killing 290 people.
      In 2003,America invaded Iraq and killed 1,000,000+ innocent Iraqi people and 4,000,000+ Iraqi people were displaced.
      Now America is a failed state with huge debt. Its debt will be 22 trillion by 2015.

      November 9, 2012 at 3:10 am | Reply
    • 867-5309

      The US Air Force would have seen it as target practice, Jenny, Jenny.

      November 9, 2012 at 3:15 am | Reply
  57. Puma

    Strange Why does Iranian sent Su-25 which is ground attack aircraft against drone. Stupid Yankees again making propaganda against a nation who resists. Morons if they really wanted to bring that drone down they would have sent interceptor like F-7, Mig-29 or F-14.

    November 9, 2012 at 2:41 am | Reply
    • Jannai

      America is the root of all terror. America has invaded sixty country since world war 2.
      In 1953 America overthrow Iran's democratic government and installed a brutal dictator Shah. America helped Shah of Iran to establish secret police and killed thousands of Iranian people.
      During Iran-Iraq war evil America supported Suddam Hossain and killed millions of Iranian people. In 1989, America shot down Iran's civilian air plane, killing 290 people.
      In 2003,America invaded Iraq and killed 1,000,000+ innocent Iraqi people and 4,000,000+ Iraqi people were displaced.
      Now America is a failed state with huge debt. Its debt will be 22 trillion by 2015.

      November 9, 2012 at 2:42 am | Reply
      • Kevin

        Where is your facts that the US killed 1 million Iraqis. You're a fool if you believe that propaganda. http://www.iraqbodycount.org/ approximately 120k deaths have occurred since 2003 and that includes sectarian violence. They're killed each other at a much higher rater than coalition forces did.

        November 9, 2012 at 3:13 am |
      • acrscout

        The "1,000,000 dead Iraqis" propaganda was originated in Hollywood, (See the movie Air Force One) U.S. forces in all military operations have killed fewer not counting those engaging in hostile actions against U.S. forces) Iraqi citizens than Saddam did during his reign of terror or the radical Islamists and their IEDs.

        November 9, 2012 at 3:37 am |
  58. rhondajo3

    "First on CNN"?? Are you serious??? Foxnews has been posting this ALL DAY! The big question is ... why are we JUST NOW being confronted with this attack, even tho it happened last week, before the election?? OOOHHH YEA, Odumma didn't want anyone to find out about it before the elections. So much for transparency!

    November 9, 2012 at 2:38 am | Reply
    • Jannai

      America is the root of all terror. America has invaded sixty country since world war 2.
      In 1953 America overthrow Iran's democratic government and installed a brutal dictator Shah. America helped Shah of Iran to establish secret police and killed thousands of Iranian people.
      During Iran-Iraq war evil America supported Suddam Hossain and killed millions of Iranian people. In 1989, America shot down Iran's civilian air plane, killing 290 people.
      In 2003,America invaded Iraq and killed 1,000,000+ innocent Iraqi people and 4,000,000+ Iraqi people were displaced.
      Now America is a failed state with huge debt. Its debt will be 22 trillion by 2015.

      November 9, 2012 at 2:39 am | Reply
    • Arthur

      Nothing is ever reported straight away by the news. You should notice that by now. Some things take months to make it there. Congress and to speak on this between themselves, and decide whether or not to release this to the public. And even then, they had to have anonymous sources tell them the information. Information can be deadly in the wrong hands, and the government was trying to forstall chaos. If they announced with no preparation that a plane had been fired upon, they could have been pushed into stupid choices without time to think it over clearly.

      November 9, 2012 at 2:43 am | Reply
      • Steventate

        Yea, like when Bin Laden was killed it took the administration a whole 3 hours to report the incident... This administration is so easy to read it isn't funny!

        November 9, 2012 at 1:06 pm |
    • You sheeple make my head hurt

      The fact that you have mentioned FOXNEWS as if it is some kind of credible news source... Blows my mind.

      You're shocked that you're only just hearing about this? PAH-Lease, how ill-informed and uneducated can you be? (oh, that's right, you watch foxnews)

      You still think you are told about everything that go's on?

      This is fear mongering at it's finest! Typical america!

      With regards to this attack, ever maybe question why they might attack a drone? Could it possibly be that you americans may have possibly been firing drone missiles at them, killing their innocent men, women and children? No, of course not! They don't show that on fox news!

      And as for transparency, to think there is any transparency within your government, or any other government for that matter...is laughable!

      Oh, and the nonsense about before/after the election, the election was just an elaborate circus, politics in america and around the world are a joke!

      Wake up and smell the BS.

      I envy your ignorance, i hear that it's bliss!

      November 9, 2012 at 6:55 am | Reply
      • magicbeans

        The first sentence you read I presume told you that we were told about his after the election not before when it actually happened. But you think you are reading a legitimate news source. Sheeple? Look in the mirror.

        November 9, 2012 at 11:45 am |
  59. Joe

    CNN has to be the most misinformed news agency out there. Allow me to correct CNN's lazy journalism. The SU-25 is a Soviet ground attack aircraft that was meant to support Soviet ground troops. Its air to air capability is virtually nonexistent as it only has autocannons meant to shoot ground targets. It is old and sluggish and easily outmaneuvred. It would be like sending an A-10 Warthog to engage an enemy aircraft. This was simple harassment and a warning by Iran, nothing more. If they really wanted to shoot down a UAV, they could have easily done so. It's a publicity stunt. CNN reporting at its worst again. Did you fire all your experts or is Tes Turner making you stir the pot again in favor of Israel?

    November 9, 2012 at 2:36 am | Reply
    • Jannai

      America is the root of all terror. America has invaded sixty country since world war 2.
      In 1953 America overthrow Iran's democratic government and installed a brutal dictator Shah. America helped Shah of Iran to establish secret police and killed thousands of Iranian people.
      During Iran-Iraq war evil America supported Suddam Hossain and killed millions of Iranian people. In 1989, America shot down Iran's civilian air plane, killing 290 people.
      In 2003,America invaded Iraq and killed 1,000,000+ innocent Iraqi people and 4,000,000+ Iraqi people were displaced.
      Now America is a failed state with huge debt. Its debt will be 22 trillion by 2015.

      November 9, 2012 at 2:38 am | Reply
      • joeyselene

        Could you post it one more time...I'm not sure I read it all

        November 9, 2012 at 2:44 am |
      • Deb

        Jannai, Sounds like you are publicly speaking treason. Do you know what that means?

        November 9, 2012 at 2:57 am |
    • dave

      A-10's have been reported of shooting down plenty of other planes in combat.

      November 9, 2012 at 2:42 am | Reply
      • Joe

        The A-10 is a much more modern and capable aircraft than the SU-25. It was a bad analogy but the only one a non-military person would understand

        November 9, 2012 at 2:47 am |
    • Chris Redfiled

      Joe true SU-25 is a Soviet ground attack aircraft, I think guys in pentagon (must be republican supporters) trying to to drum war drums loudly. Because they no one in US will question them.

      November 9, 2012 at 2:44 am | Reply
    • Reinhart

      Although they aren't fighters, Frogfoots are more than capable of downing a subsonic aircraft, because like the A-10, they can carry air-to-air missiles on the external hardpoints. If the Su-25s where armed with R-60s and never fired them, it may give an indication as to what Iranian intentions were.

      November 9, 2012 at 4:31 am | Reply
  60. Duke

    The administration is paying CNN and CBS back by offering exclusive information in exchange for helping him spread bias lies about Romney. Republicans will never forget what the liberal media did and if you think we will work with the democrats – you're wrong. God, Country, and my Values will be spilled on the battlefield before I compromise with the liberal party that wants to take them away.

    November 9, 2012 at 2:35 am | Reply
  61. chris

    Lol!....this is a great way to attack Obama! What President in history has ever told you what they were going to do when in office and they did it? Now let's be honest! Obama hasnt done any worse than any other President.....and as much s@#t the last President left us in, it will take bout four to six years to clean that up! Stop hatin! Stop Obama-bashing, and try to help instead of pointing fingers! This is the great USA and if you think this would have made a difference with the election results....then I have some beach front property in Arizona I wanna sell you! Wake up and get real! ROMNEY LOSS because he loss! And if you dont like it, live with it! If we went to war over this, where would this put our country with our debt issues....then you be blaming Obama for that too! It doesnt matter what he does you haters will find a reason to hate! Wake up and appreciate the great country you live in!

    November 9, 2012 at 2:34 am | Reply
    • mikel

      Shut up stupid.

      November 9, 2012 at 3:17 am | Reply
  62. Belal

    "At least two bursts of gunfire came from the Su-25s' cannons. The drone started to move away but the Iranian aircraft chased it, doing aerial loops around it before breaking away and returning to Iran."

    Haha, the Iranians were just having fun with the American drones, lil burst of gunfire and then sweeping around it making it to turn away
    The SU-25 is an ground attack craft like the A-10
    The Iranians won't send a tankbuster to destroy a flying target, their not stupid.

    November 9, 2012 at 2:30 am | Reply
    • Jannai

      America is the root of all terror. America has invaded sixty country since world war 2.
      In 1953 America overthrow Iran's democratic government and installed a brutal dictator Shah. America helped Shah of Iran to establish secret police and killed thousands of Iranian people.
      During Iran-Iraq war evil America supported Suddam Hossain and killed millions of Iranian people. In 1989, America shot down Iran's civilian air plane, killing 290 people.
      In 2003,America invaded Iraq and killed 1,000,000+ innocent Iraqi people and 4,000,000+ Iraqi people were displaced.
      Now America is a failed state with huge debt. Its debt will be 22 trillion by 2015.

      November 9, 2012 at 2:31 am | Reply
  63. Martin

    CNN first to propagate another BS excuse for more military action. This is another WMD fog pulled over your eyes. My big brother though smarter and significantly stronger made bad decisions as well. These cats can't even drop a drone.....what are we all shuck about? Sheepville USA.

    November 9, 2012 at 2:30 am | Reply
    • Jannai

      America is the root of all terror. America has invaded sixty country since world war 2.
      In 1953 America overthrow Iran's democratic government and installed a brutal dictator Shah. America helped Shah of Iran to establish secret police and killed thousands of Iranian people.
      During Iran-Iraq war evil America supported Suddam Hossain and killed millions of Iranian people. In 1989, America shot down Iran's civilian air plane, killing 290 people.
      In 2003,America invaded Iraq and killed 1,000,000+ innocent Iraqi people and 4,000,000+ Iraqi people were displaced.
      Now America is a failed state with huge debt. Its debt will be 22 trillion by 2015.

      November 9, 2012 at 2:32 am | Reply
      • Douglas

        Really? What kind of crack are you smoking? Your numbers are not even close to factual. Go back under whatever you came from and remember that Allah is pork eating donkey.

        November 9, 2012 at 4:08 am |
  64. Slappy

    Dear God, they fired on an aircraft that had no business being there!

    Waste of taxpayer dollars. Four more years of the same garbage, thanks Dems and Repubs.

    November 9, 2012 at 2:28 am | Reply
    • Jannai

      America is the root of all terror. America has invaded sixty country since world war 2.
      In 1953 America overthrow Iran's democratic government and installed a brutal dictator Shah. America helped Shah of Iran to establish secret police and killed thousands of Iranian people.
      During Iran-Iraq war evil America supported Suddam Hossain and killed millions of Iranian people. In 1989, America shot down Iran's civilian air plane, killing 290 people.
      In 2003,America invaded Iraq and killed 1,000,000+ innocent Iraqi people and 4,000,000+ Iraqi people were displaced.
      Now America is a failed state with huge debt. Its debt will be 22 trillion by 2015.

      November 9, 2012 at 2:29 am | Reply
    • twalk

      GWB admin did the same thing with drones...lol

      November 9, 2012 at 2:32 am | Reply
  65. chris

    You all are too funny! You Obama haters!...still sore Romney lost huh? Well, if you dont like it here, take you azz somewhere else! See how long it take you to realize how good you have it over here! And just a reminder....Obama is your President for another four!

    November 9, 2012 at 2:18 am | Reply
  66. bribarian

    NO thanks zi0nists, no more wars for us

    November 9, 2012 at 2:18 am | Reply
  67. OlderButWiser

    Question. If an F-22 Raptor is flying over California and is ordered to shoot down an Iranian fighter jet that just took off from Iran what does the U.S. pilot do?

    Answer. It fires a middle that travels to Iran and hits the target.

    Imagine that.

    November 9, 2012 at 2:16 am | Reply
    • Poltergeist

      You think an f22 has missiles that can reach Iran from california? Great Imagination.

      November 9, 2012 at 2:19 am | Reply
    • Jannai

      Pilot will pass out with lack of Oxyzen and plane will crash.

      November 9, 2012 at 2:21 am | Reply
    • Jannai

      Pilot will pass out with lack of Oxygen and plane will crash.

      November 9, 2012 at 2:22 am | Reply
  68. Cn

    CNN trying to bait us into a War with Iran

    November 9, 2012 at 2:14 am | Reply
    • Cn

      Cn=Chinaman

      November 9, 2012 at 2:16 am | Reply
    • DKid

      Don't worry...Iran might try and get us to engage but, we have a spineless empty chair person in DC

      November 9, 2012 at 2:18 am | Reply
      • Darklighter

        Oh, so you WANT another war is that it? What is it with you war mongering far right extremists? Haven't you caused enough pain and suffering as it is? When will you warmongers be satisfied? When the world is in flames? I say, HELL NO to that.

        November 9, 2012 at 2:31 am |
  69. OlderButWiser

    Gee I wonder what the engineers at Area 51 are working on now?

    Can't be radium tipped tank shells they already did that.

    Can't be stealth they already did that.

    Can't be the Space Fence they already did that.

    Can't be Drones they already did that.

    Can't be laser weapons they already have done that.

    Can't be a robotic satellite destruction Space Plane they already did that.

    It has been reported they are building Flying Saucers. So it can't be that.

    Maybe they are working on a fully operational Space Placed Battle Station. You know one of those humongous round things that destroys entire planets. Or maybe a "Clone Army."

    God those American engineers are so imaginative.

    Iranian scientists? They are trying to figure out how to build a nuclear weapon. Damn a 14 year old American high school student built one of those after researching it at a library. Of course it didn't have any plutonium in it but they said if it had it would have been a fully functional bomb.

    November 9, 2012 at 2:13 am | Reply
    • U238

      Well, duh. That's kind of the hardest part, isn't it?

      Obtaining enough fissionable materials is incredibly hard, and trying to enrich enough Uranium (refining the U235 out of naturally occuring 238) is an incredibly complicated and dangerous operation.

      November 9, 2012 at 3:38 am | Reply
  70. CLAUDIO NATANIEL HIMES CASTILLO

    CNM. ESPAÑOL

    November 9, 2012 at 2:04 am | Reply
  71. OlderButWiser

    P.S. Which is the only nation on this earth that has a Top Secret Space Plane in space who's only purpose is to take out enemy satellites?

    Which is the only nation on this earth that knows the exact location of every earth launched satellite in orbit. And that includes space junk.

    Oh that would be the United States.

    November 9, 2012 at 2:01 am | Reply
    • Jannai

      America is the root of all terror. America has invaded sixty country since world war 2.
      In 1953 America overthrow Iran's democratic government and installed a brutal dictator Shah. America helped Shah of Iran to establish secret police and killed thousands of Iranian people.
      During Iran-Iraq war evil America supported Suddam Hossain and killed millions of Iranian people. In 1989, America shot down Iran's civilian air plane, killing 290 people.
      In 2003,America invaded Iraq and killed 1,000,000+ innocent Iraqi people and 4,000,000+ Iraqi people were displaced.
      Now America is a failed state with huge debt. Its debt will be 22 trillion by 2015.

      November 9, 2012 at 2:07 am | Reply
      • CaptAm

        Visa denied?

        November 9, 2012 at 2:32 am |
    • smarterthanu

      Just because you're an anti-American pig doesn't mean you need to spew your hatred.

      November 9, 2012 at 2:21 am | Reply
      • Graeme Bregani

        It doesn't mean he's wrong either.

        November 9, 2012 at 2:30 am |
  72. schmedley

    So this happens a week ago and we're only finding out about it now? And they don't release it before the election? The whole thing smells if you ask me.

    November 9, 2012 at 1:58 am | Reply
    • rossko

      no no you misunderstand – this is the most trasnparent administration in history (somebody find out who posted that and silence them now!) – I like how now the obasher admin now has "fresh concerns" – what about the nuclear bomb they've been building for 4 years while obama is out apologizing for us brutish americans?

      November 9, 2012 at 2:04 am | Reply
  73. Michael Lina

    Ok for one its a gray area whether it is an act of war due to the fact that the equipment does not have a service member involved. If there was then yes definitely the US Military will retaliate. For those people who always so fast to say lets pull the trigger does not think and uses their feelings to cloud their personal judgement. I fought in OIF and its not like a gangsta movie where you decide to just shoot ppl up like call of duty. Military Operations are very delicate and decisions are sensitive. Idc who the president is he/she would not execute military operations over a skirmish like this. Its not worth the lives or the money to do it. Also for you people who bash on Obama being the president I totally feel sorry for you because every comment i read about anti Obama sounds more of hatred because he's not white. Whether you like or not we go up or go down together so if you wanna bash on someone you should look at yourself in the mirror before you say uneducated things. You guys all talk like you know what to do or have backed it up before. half of you commentators havent even seen war or death. Have you ever seen your friend get blown up and you have to pick up his body parts with a shovel? No! so stfu!

    November 9, 2012 at 1:57 am | Reply
    • Arthur

      Actually, I opposed Obama because I disagree with his policies and actions, and do not like his failure to fulfill almost any of the major promises he gave the first time around. I feel sorry for him to be honest, look at all the crap he just inherited. But of coruse now I'm a racist, in your eyes. Who's the ignorant one now?

      And what about the fact that he hid this from the public until after he was re-elected? An American aircraft was fired upon multiple times, and he 100% hid it from the public until after elections. How are you going to back up your 'only apposed by people who are racists' argument now?

      November 9, 2012 at 2:09 am | Reply
      • Poltergeist

        grasp at any hypothetical straw you want. Romney lost the election, deal with it.

        November 9, 2012 at 2:13 am |
      • jookie

        remember, you had a democratic president , with a sitting congress mostly republican. They blocked many attempts of his to get bills passed. Typical.People tend to forget the small stuff when they are trying to push their agendas on others.

        November 9, 2012 at 8:25 am |
    • Poltergeist

      Thank you. I bet not a single one of these warmongerers would volunteer to go fight in Iran. They just want to satisfy their bloodlust via fox news segments.

      November 9, 2012 at 2:11 am | Reply
    • Arthur

      Actually, I opposed Obama because I disagree with his policies and actions, and do not like his failure to fulfill almost any of the major promises he gave the first time around. I feel sorry for him to be honest, look at all the crap he just inherited. But of coruse now I'm a racist, in your eyes. Who's the ignorant one now?

      And what about the fact that he hid this from the public until after he was re-elected? An American aircraft was fired upon multiple times, and he 100% hid it from the public until after elections. How are you going to back up your 'only apposed by people who are racists' argument now?.

      November 9, 2012 at 2:11 am | Reply
      • Michael Lina

        Ok first tell me one policy that persuaded you to vote for Mitt Romney? Then I wanna hear what ppl actually think about what you sed. Another thing even if it was told during the elections do you really think people would have voted for Romney instead? Will it really affect the outcome? I hardly doubt it! The electoral votes Obama won is by a landslide. If it was a football game Romney would have gotten embarrassed. Bottom line is idc who won the presidency cos I would support him regardless and not complain on CNN on the negative things you feel about him.

        November 9, 2012 at 2:17 am |
      • Arthur

        Aww that's cute, you both assume I support mitt Romney just because I don't support Obama. I think they are both poor choices for president, and did not vote for either one. And I'm not the one that brought up the election in this.

        November 9, 2012 at 2:19 am |
      • Michael Lina

        Then why are you complaining? tell me bro? what you mad about?

        November 9, 2012 at 2:21 am |
      • Arthur

        Well, someone's maturity level just dropped a few points. I'm not the one complaining. I simply answered his accusation that everyone who was against Obama did so over some misguided racism. I corrected him on that point. I see no complaining here.

        November 9, 2012 at 2:23 am |
      • Michael Lina

        yeeeeaaaaahhhhhh! sure bro!

        November 9, 2012 at 2:30 am |
      • Poltergeist

        Didn't say you supported Romney specifically. I said you were grasping at hypothetical straws.

        November 9, 2012 at 2:23 am |
      • Arthur

        You told me, and I quote, "Romney lost. Deal with it." and I don't see any hypothetical straws here.

        November 9, 2012 at 2:25 am |
      • Poltergeist

        Romney did lose. He was the only candidate that had a chance. You oppose Obama. Therefor you have to 'deal with it' (Obama winning) when Romney loses.

        November 9, 2012 at 2:33 am |
      • Arthur

        Well in that case, saying obama lost, deal with it would have made a lot more sense to type. You may not have said it specifically, but it was implied.

        November 9, 2012 at 2:39 am |
  74. MEC

    For all of those Americans recommending going to war, are you planning on going? Are you planning on sending your family members to go? Just curious. I know too many Americans eager to go to war, but not willing to make the ultimate sacrifice. It's like Mitt Romney and his wife suggesting that he and their sons doing missionary work for their church is comparable to serving this country as part of the military. I can assure you isn't. I've had family members serve this country and go to war. Stop making it seem like it's no big deal to jump into a war.

    November 9, 2012 at 1:52 am | Reply
    • Ken

      The Iranians are total cowards for firing on an unarmed drone!

      November 9, 2012 at 1:55 am | Reply
      • maias

        "The Iranians are total cowards for firing on an unarmed drone!"

        And based on this, what's your opinion of the crew of the USS Vincennes which shot down Iran Air Flight 655, a civilian jet airliner, on 3 July 1988 as it flew over the Strait of Hormuz at the end of the Iran–Iraq War while flying in Iranian airspace over Iran's territorial waters? All 290 onboard including 66 children and 16 crew perished. I'm sure the Iranians have upgraded their rules of engagement since then.

        November 9, 2012 at 2:04 am |
      • Ken

        Actually, I would prefer that drones fight it out. Drone vs Drone.

        November 9, 2012 at 2:11 am |
    • Jannai

      America is the root of all terror. America has invaded sixty country since world war 2.
      In 1953 America overthrow Iran's democratic government and installed a brutal dictator Shah. America helped Shah of Iran to establish secret police and killed thousands of Iranian people.
      During Iran-Iraq war evil America supported Suddam Hossain and killed millions of Iranian people. In 1989, America shot down Iran's civilian air plane, killing 290 people.
      In 2003,America invaded Iraq and killed 1,000,000+ innocent Iraqi people and 4,000,000+ Iraqi people were displaced.
      Now America is a failed state with huge debt. Its debt will be 22 trillion by 2015.

      November 9, 2012 at 1:59 am | Reply
    • Burstbubble

      I agree with you that serving as a missionary is nothing like serving the military. Serving the military a family member can loose their life. I doubt the risk would be that high in serving as a missionary.

      November 9, 2012 at 1:59 am | Reply
  75. OlderButWiser

    When an Iranian pilot takes on a U.S, Naval or Air Force pilot let me know.

    Muslim dictators have sent up only two jet fighters in all the conflicts since the invasion of Kuwait. Both were immediately shot down.

    In every conflict after that the Muslim kept their jets on the ground, in bunkers or buried in the sand.

    A fighter jet is useless without a well trained pilot at it's controls and the Muslim dictators don't have any combat trained pilots.

    Muslim "Pilots" are terrified of U.S. pilots and Israeli pilots. They prefer not to ever face them.

    Bottom line a jet is like a gun. It's easy to target shoot when the target is not shooting back at you.

    November 9, 2012 at 1:51 am | Reply
    • maias

      Very true Olderbudweiser! Which makes me wonder our politicians bother selling these warplanes to the dictators when we know they are only used against the dictators' own people – e.g. in Sudan. Such brave pilots when they are shooting up women in villages made of mud and thatch houses!

      November 9, 2012 at 1:55 am | Reply
  76. bh

    It's an act of war. What's Obama gonna do? Nothing!

    November 9, 2012 at 1:46 am | Reply
    • DKid

      Of course he will do nothing and that's why Iran danced in the street and continue to spit in the eye of US. Obama scares NOBODY...our military is still strong but, for how long w/him in office??!

      November 9, 2012 at 2:04 am | Reply
    • Poltergeist

      Because wasting money and lives over a robot would be stupid.

      November 9, 2012 at 2:08 am | Reply
    • maias

      It's an act of war when an unarmed drone is fired on by Iranians, but not an act of war when Israel attacks the USS Liberty and machine guns the life boats to try to ensure there are no witnesses? Was it an act of war when the USS Vincenes shot down an Iranian civilain passenger space which was in Iranian air space at the time?

      November 9, 2012 at 2:10 am | Reply
  77. Lee Churchill

    You mean, Iran hasn't already fired on our spy drones? I mean how dare they (sarcasm).

    Another CNN exclusive. But barely newsworthy. Sorry CNN.

    November 9, 2012 at 1:46 am | Reply
  78. Dasea

    Don't be fooled Obama. This is DoD posturing in front of another round under the scalpel early Q1 appropriations. I expect an all out assault against good sense after a Romney defeat. You are doing good. 4 more years sounds great. These guys need to find 100 million in reoccurring annual spending to keep us afloat and they know it. Ease up on Iran. Take the lead, and save us money on defense.

    November 9, 2012 at 1:44 am | Reply
  79. B4Freedom2

    Too bad the sources who uncovered all those military absentee ballots and were so skillful as to even find the soldier who signed for them, couldn't have focused their attention on the gulf back on Nov. 1st when the Iranians disrespected our drone and the administration twisted arms to keep this horrific blemish on american pride from being revealed. We would all have voted for Romney if we had only known the truth and then demanded the death of 1000 Iranians to restore that drones and our honor.

    November 9, 2012 at 1:44 am | Reply
    • Graeme Bregani

      Honor? Can't see any from here.

      November 9, 2012 at 2:41 am | Reply
  80. Crinko

    Why do people such as the commenters here, think there is any legitimate reporting coming out of the pop news, pop media establishment ? Why would you expect anything other than a political agenda ? Why ?

    November 9, 2012 at 1:44 am | Reply
  81. Jimi

    And yet another act of war goes unanswered ! Go figure this country used to stand its ground used to

    November 9, 2012 at 1:34 am | Reply
  82. Reticuli

    An armed Predator drone meant for ground attack would actually have an easier time shooting down a Su-25 than an old Su-25 would have trying to shoot down a drone. Sort of laughable. I guess this really does mean selling them all those F-14s (a total mantenance nightmare and with a lack of spare parts on the open maket) was a smart idea.

    November 9, 2012 at 1:33 am | Reply
    • Saiko

      These were warning shots. The idea that Iranians would actually try to shot down that drone and fail is absurd.

      November 9, 2012 at 1:38 am | Reply
  83. zarrar

    Another rubbish from the fascist Americans.

    November 9, 2012 at 1:33 am | Reply
    • Jannai

      America is the root of all terror. America has invaded sixty country since world war 2.
      In 1953 America overthrow Iran's democratic government and installed a brutal dictator Shah. America helped Shah of Iran to establish secret police and killed thousands of Iranian people.
      During Iran-Iraq war evil America supported Suddam Hossain and killed millions of Iranian people. In 1989, America shot down Iran's civilian air plane, killing 290 people.
      In 2003,America invaded Iraq and killed 1,000,000+ innocent Iraqi people and 4,000,000+ Iraqi people were displaced.
      Now America is a failed state with huge debt. Its debt will be 22 trillion by 2015.

      November 9, 2012 at 1:35 am | Reply
      • Cyrus

        Shah was a perfect man for Iran and Iranians, although President Carter helped Islamic revolutionaries take the power and overthrown the Shah.

        November 9, 2012 at 2:16 am |
  84. aj

    this is a conditioned to admire ...the 3rd world war... this is a bogus .inorder again to attack iran and killed innocent civilliands.. american are the terrorist evil

    November 9, 2012 at 1:31 am | Reply
    • Stumpie

      Brother,

      Now is a good time to shut your pie-hole. Semper Fi!

      November 9, 2012 at 1:37 am | Reply
  85. john

    Obama is a Jew pawn. He will instigate the next great war.

    November 9, 2012 at 1:28 am | Reply
  86. Sanjeev

    What was an American plane doing near Iran border. would You like if Chinese drones come so close to USA border in say Newyork or San francisco?. USA should stay out of wars in all parts of the world.

    November 9, 2012 at 1:27 am | Reply
    • Daniel

      It was in international airspace you idiot.

      November 9, 2012 at 1:46 am | Reply
  87. government cheese

    This happened on Nov. 1. Why the delay?

    November 9, 2012 at 1:20 am | Reply
    • Poltergeist

      I bet you have a theory.

      November 9, 2012 at 1:22 am | Reply
      • Starstuff

        Perhaps a conspiracy theory?

        November 9, 2012 at 1:40 am |
    • Get Real

      Things move slow in towelheadville.

      November 9, 2012 at 1:24 am | Reply
    • wobbles

      Because Obama is a fascist who suppresses things to benefit himself. Wonder how much longer before people start being "disappeared" in the middle of the night by this tyrant

      November 9, 2012 at 1:32 am | Reply
      • Starstuff

        That makes perfect sense... wait... never mind.

        November 9, 2012 at 1:42 am |
      • Poltergeist

        Great now he's going to start blaming obama for missing persons reports.

        November 9, 2012 at 2:27 am |
  88. Don't be an indoctrinated fool

    Hey US have you not heard the phrase don't Assume because it make an Ass (out of) U (&) me?

    November 9, 2012 at 1:19 am | Reply
  89. Paleo Conservative

    The Jews want their war and Obama will give it to them.

    November 9, 2012 at 1:14 am | Reply
    • Get Real

      That makes no sense. Go to bed! Most of the current humans on earth have Jewish ancestors, so stop blaming yourself.

      November 9, 2012 at 1:16 am | Reply
      • Riz

        That can't be true, because if it were, we would have all killed ourselves a loooong time ago.

        November 9, 2012 at 1:25 am |
    • Jannai

      America is the root of all terror. America has invaded sixty country since world war 2.
      In 1953 America overthrow Iran's democratic government and installed a brutal dictator Shah. America helped Shah of Iran to establish secret police and killed thousands of Iranian people.
      During Iran-Iraq war evil America supported Suddam Hossain and killed millions of Iranian people. In 1989, America shot down Iran's civilian air plane, killing 290 people.
      In 2003,America invaded Iraq and killed 1,000,000+ innocent Iraqi people and 4,000,000+ Iraqi people were displaced.
      Now America is a failed state with huge debt. Its debt will be 22 trillion by 2015.

      November 9, 2012 at 1:22 am | Reply
      • OlderButWiser

        You are great at posting American history. You just conveniently leave out the trillions of dollars (Never paid Back) that U.S. taxpayers piad to rebuild this world after WWII. It was called the Marshall Plan.

        You conveniently leave out that it has been the U.S. taxpayer who has footed the bill for a U.S. Military that has protected the free world from aggressors since 1945. While we were spending 5 to 10% of our GDP on defense The French, Italians, Greeks, English etc were spending 1% on their military while taking 4 week vacations each summer.

        Have no idea how many billions or trillions we have spent on spy satellites as a early warning defense system for the free world.

        As to being bankrupt? You believe this malarkey we are broke? Well the government may have "Borrowed" 17 trillion from the SS Trust Fund and is now raiding the Medicare Trust Fund American Corporations are sitting on an estimated 14 trillion dollars in cash.

        The estimated domestic wealth of our 20th Century infrastructure is valued at 188 trillion dollars. American owned foreign assets are estimated to have a value of 14 trillion dollars. 90% of the commercial ships on the oceans even thought they fly foreign flags for tax purposes are owned by U.S. citizens.

        Improperly educated Americans make me ill.

        November 9, 2012 at 1:44 am |
    • john

      The Jews control all. They will have their war soon enough. Obama is a Jew pawn. Wait for it.

      November 9, 2012 at 1:26 am | Reply
    • bh

      sooner the better

      November 9, 2012 at 1:45 am | Reply
    • Xairesephos

      You're a bigot.

      November 9, 2012 at 2:10 am | Reply
  90. Vicky

    The bigger picture here is WHY were the American people not told about this when it happened a week ago. WHY because of the Election. Obama was Afraid for it to come out. So it was basically a cover up until he was reelected.

    November 9, 2012 at 1:11 am | Reply
    • Colleen

      There needs to be full Congressional hearings on this – seems like an impeachable offense to me – withholding information from the American public with relation to our National Security, information that could have impacted how individuals voted in this election.

      November 9, 2012 at 1:15 am | Reply
      • OlderButWiser

        Oh please. They shot down a robot. Big deal. Nobody died. Now if they had shot down a U.S. pilot who died then this would be an issue.

        We are putting laser weapons on our ships and people are worried about our defense? In a decade bullets and bombs will be obsolete.

        Our enemies will simply see a bright red light before they melt.

        November 9, 2012 at 1:57 am |
    • Poltergeist

      lol

      November 9, 2012 at 1:18 am | Reply
    • 'Alo?

      Ummm... Mitt lost. Get over it.

      November 9, 2012 at 1:33 am | Reply
      • Robert

        This will be the standard reply to every policy dispute. Our guy got 50.1% of the popular vote11!!11 It's an empty headed response to an empty headed party.

        November 9, 2012 at 2:02 am |
  91. revolutionary pilot

    Sorry, I thought it was a seagull.

    November 9, 2012 at 1:10 am | Reply
    • Wingman

      And i was just watching his back.

      November 9, 2012 at 1:28 am | Reply
  92. seanpnicholas

    OK, these guys can't even shoot down an unmanned drone from a fighter jet. I went to Vegas a while back and stopped to watch the planes land at McCarran Airport on my way out of town ~ I could have hit one of them with a baseball.

    Just RELAX, people.

    November 9, 2012 at 1:07 am | Reply
    • Bassir

      Do you think they really couldn't hit the drones?

      November 9, 2012 at 1:27 am | Reply
      • seanpnicholas

        You can certainly argue they intentionally missed, especially since Iranians are also humans and therefore possess enough intellect to appreciate the consequences of their actions.

        However, considering the SU25 "cannon" is essentially a modified Red Ryder BB Gun, the chances our our drone returning to base unscathed were pretty good, regardless of their intent.

        November 9, 2012 at 1:44 am |
  93. Colleen

    Why isn't anyone asking the question, "Why was this information CONCEALED from the American public by the Administration prior to the election?" Because it could potentially demonstrate President Obama's incompetence / ignorance with respect to dealing with Iran? What Iran did was an act of war, and America needs to send a message to Iran that such actions will not be tolerated.

    November 9, 2012 at 1:07 am | Reply
    • Colleen

      Furthermore, if this was a Republican Administration, we all KNOW that there would be immediate Congressional hearings on why the American public wasn't informed of this situation prior to the election. It's interesting how so little attention is being paid to this by our liberal American media.

      November 9, 2012 at 1:11 am | Reply
    • Poltergeist

      Yeah follow up with a genuine act of war over some dumb robot. That's worth another quagmire.

      November 9, 2012 at 1:12 am | Reply
      • Robert

        Remember when you were in the 3rd Grade and that bully stole your dessert off your lunch tray? And your dad told you to just ignore it because it wasn't worth the trouble because it was just dessert? That was some good advice wasn't it? Because that bully never stole anything from you again did he?

        November 9, 2012 at 1:34 am |
      • Poltergeist

        This is about putting our soldiers in harms way over a missed shot at a robot. You can't just boil the world down to school house analogies.

        November 9, 2012 at 2:38 am |
    • curious

      Colleen, wake up and smell the coffee. Do you know anything about politics? There are certain things that the public do not need to know, specially immediately!!! These are things that our politicians get paid to figure out, not us the public. Mitt Romney lost, get used to it. The GOP is a failed party and need to revise their view on the Americans and what America is made of.

      November 9, 2012 at 2:28 am | Reply
  94. Tony

    Act of war.

    November 9, 2012 at 1:03 am | Reply
    • Poltergeist

      Well gee wilikers let's put real people in danger next responding.

      November 9, 2012 at 1:06 am | Reply
  95. Robert

    You will notice a couple of things about the comments on this story. One of course is the silly and irrational desire for some kind of response not commensurate with the situation. I'm as Right as they come but total obliteration of Iran is hardly the best response. Does Irans actions merit a military response? Of course. But one that is intelligent,
    painful and doesn't project the image of a wildly flailing nation. The foil as opposed the the blunt instrument.

    More disturbing perhaps are those comments which posit a moral equivalency between Iran and America. The whole idea of the great evil's perpetrated by America being a justification for others to commit evil or violate norms. I suspect that most of these comments actually come from Americans. Americans that apparently despise their own nation enough to make excuses for a murderous, intolerant, 9th Century regime run by a religious death cult. I know, I know. The "Religious Right" is just like them!!!! But that of course has as much truth to it as Iran being morally equivalent to America in regard to its relation and contribution to the rest of the world.

    November 9, 2012 at 1:00 am | Reply
    • James

      Iran hasn't attacked ANYONE since the 1700's, despite what a known-to-lie government might be spewing now in order to try and "justify" war.

      Iran has been part of The Plan for some time now... of course the MEANS to that END will be found. Look at all the FALSE FLAGS that preceded all the last military actions by the United States..

      This is another one.

      November 9, 2012 at 1:27 am | Reply
  96. Poltergeist

    We going to go to war over a stupid robot now?

    November 9, 2012 at 12:57 am | Reply
    • Jannai

      America is the root of all terror. America has invaded sixty country since world war 2.
      In 1953 America overthrow Iran's democratic government and installed a brutal dictator Shah. America helped Shah of Iran to establish secret police and killed thousands of Iranian people.
      During Iran-Iraq war evil America supported Suddam Hossain and killed millions of Iranian people. In 1989, America shot down Iran's civilian air plane, killing 290 people.
      In 2003,America invaded Iraq and killed 1,000,000+ innocent Iraqi people and 4,000,000+ Iraqi people were displaced.
      Now America is a failed state with huge debt. Its debt will be 22 trillion by 2015.

      November 9, 2012 at 1:00 am | Reply
      • Pannai Jareed

        Yep, how do you think we will be paying that dept? your bloody carcas

        November 9, 2012 at 1:20 am |
  97. Steve

    Who cares about niceties. The right answer is to scramble some jets off of one of our aircraft carriers and shoot down the Iranian SU-25's. Then, they won't go chasing and shooting at our drones.

    November 9, 2012 at 12:56 am | Reply
    • Jannai

      America is the root of all terror. America has invaded sixty country since world war 2.
      In 1953 America overthrow Iran's democratic government and installed a brutal dictator Shah. America helped Shah of Iran to establish secret police and killed thousands of Iranian people.
      During Iran-Iraq war evil America supported Suddam Hossain and killed millions of Iranian people. In 1989, America shot down Iran's civilian air plane, killing 290 people.
      In 2003,America invaded Iraq and killed 1,000,000+ innocent Iraqi people and 4,000,000+ Iraqi people were displaced.
      Now America is a failed state with huge debt. Its debt will be 22 trillion by 2015.

      November 9, 2012 at 12:57 am | Reply
      • Steve

        Yes, we proudly are, and we are coming for you.

        November 9, 2012 at 1:05 am |
      • Toto

        Yeah, we will take your oil to pay for our debt too. Watch out.

        November 9, 2012 at 1:18 am |
      • Meister Brau

        Funny, the 'civilian' plane that the US shot down was full of naked, tied-together bodies that were ALREADY DEAD. A friend of mine who was involved in the recovery at the time confirmed this to me. It was a provoked attack BY IRAN to further whatever 'we are the victim, US is the aggressor' agenda they have.

        November 9, 2012 at 2:12 am |
    • Thomas Jefferson

      You want to start a war over a drone? You make me ashamed.

      November 9, 2012 at 1:46 am | Reply
      • responding to moron

        Shooting down the two planes wouldn't anymore "start a war" than firing at the drones did. Do you really think Iran wants war with us? The government would be replaced in weeks. There would be no war as a result of us shooting down planes that shot at us first.

        November 9, 2012 at 2:40 am |
    • curious

      I'm baffled how ignorant you are. Do you think that because of this drone it is worth going to war with Iran? Don't you think that the Government needs to concentrate on America's internal problems first and pay their debt before spending more money on a useless war? Educate yourself BUD!

      November 9, 2012 at 2:34 am | Reply
  98. CH

    MISREPRESENTATION OF THE NEWS: In Anderson Cooper News at 10:00 PM ET ( November 8 ) it was reported that Iranian Jets fired an American Drone in the Persian Gulf ONE day before the Presidential election yet the report above mentions that this incident happened on November 1... just as I heard it on FOX News. My question to CNN News are these: Why the disparity between what was reported in TV as opposed to what is reported above? Why was this incident NOT reported to the public as soon as this information reached you? Also, I ask the same question about the news of the killing of the US Ambassador and the three other people in Libia. These tragic news were reported by FOX News shortly after this incident happened regardless of the timing BEFORE the election. It is obvious that the Obama administration did not want these kind of news to be known by the public for fear of perhaps loosing the election or for fear of perhaps fear of loosing thousands of votes, being this of course, very detrimental to his election. In the past I had respect for the way the news were reported by CNN but know it is clear to me that your reporting is very biased and do not report in a "fair and balanced manner". Unfortunately, you have become like the rest of the "mainstream media" unfair and "protectors " of a corrupted government such as the one we have right now.

    November 9, 2012 at 12:56 am | Reply
    • MOCaseA

      Yeah... TV anchors never get their facts wrong and Fox News is always correct.

      Go back to you Faux News... we all know it is "fair and balanced."

      November 9, 2012 at 1:11 am | Reply
    • Bill

      Good call! however I'm afraid that this is the information that we will get for the next 4 years..... Oh BTW, the nukes are on the way to annihilate us, but I'm sure the administration won't send out the press release until weeks after the impact... then we'll all be in the "know". This is so ridiculous, all this money being spent on high tech surveillance, the spying programs everywhere foreign and domestic, in prosecuting people for "pre-crimes" now, and yet when something like this of high priority occurs, it takes a week to report. Huh, guess it must have been sent by carrier pigeon to the media.

      November 9, 2012 at 1:16 am | Reply
    • maias

      I bet it wasn't reported becauseof two possible scenarios: (1) the Republicans would have had to have Mitt Romney foaming at the mouth declaring he was goin' to find the evil-doers and brung 'em to justice, and thump his barrel and say that when elected he would immediately mobilise Americans to attack Iran. This would immediately cause ppeope to vote for Obama. OR (2) The US suspected it might have been a false flag attack by the Israelis (comparable to their attack on the USS Liberty) and wanted to avoid misleading the American public at election time....

      November 9, 2012 at 2:21 am | Reply
      • howitzer17

        @maias: That's an interesting analysis of the situation, but you seem, like CNN here, to have forgotten the third logical scenario, which would be that it would demonstrate, just as a full and transparent reporting of the facts about Benghazi would, that Obama's foreign policy is unraveling, if he ever had one at all. The vote may have gone a little differently then. Or is that what you mean by "misleading the public at election time"? So now it's the president's or the pentagon's or whoever's job to decide what facts are relevant to the election and which are not...sounds like an informed electorate to me. Why can't the American people just have the facts, when they happen, and decide for themselves if it matters?

        November 9, 2012 at 8:46 am |
  99. jqwerty91

    Hi I'm President Obama and I assassinated a 16 year old American boy using one of my favorite war toys as show in this article and I got a Nobel Peace Prize for that.

    November 9, 2012 at 12:55 am | Reply
    • Get Real

      At least Bush killed a million Iraqis to squelch the massive WMD program they were hiding! Thanks Matt Damon for helping to interpret what really happened

      November 9, 2012 at 1:00 am | Reply
  100. Rose

    Sources confirmed today that hundreds of thousands of military absentee ballots were delivered hours after the deadline for them to be counted. Officials say the ballots were delivered late due to problems within
    the military mail system. Tracking invoices show the ballots sat in a warehouse for a month, then they were accidentally labeled as ammunition and shipped to Afghanistan. At Camp Dwyer, Marine Sergeant John Davis signed for them and was surprised at the contents.

    November 9, 2012 at 12:54 am | Reply
    • Get Real

      In an adjacent warehouse, there were binders full of women!!!

      November 9, 2012 at 12:56 am | Reply
    • Steve

      The problem with this supposed statement, Rose, is that its imaginary. Just like tax cuts spur economic growth, Romney has the enthusiasm edge, and the Easter Bunny is the Governor of Nebraska. NO STATE, I repeat, NO STATE, operates an absentee voter system that is dependent on the time of delivery of the ballots to determine if they are lawful countable votes. They ALL go by the postmark date. Each state has provisions at law to count absentee and provisional ballots, where applicable, after the election date and to add those votes to the official state totals reported in its certificate. Each state has until the date for selection of the Electors to make its certification.

      The banana republics of Florida, Arizona and Ohio are still counting votes, and will be doing so through much of November. They are absolute disgraces. The Justice Department needs to sue each of them for encroaching on the rights of voters.

      November 9, 2012 at 1:04 am | Reply
      • acrscout

        Steve,

        The military times disagrees with you.

        From the Military Times.

        Some absentee ballots may be lost
        By Karen Jowers – Staff writer
        Posted : Friday Nov 2, 2012 14:17:52 EDT

        A contractor in Afghanistan who was worried about his absentee ballot getting lost said his ballot has now reappeared in the U.S. Postal tracking system.

        But he still questions why there was a five-week delay.
        The tracking system was updated sometime the afternoon of Friday, Nov. 2 to reflect that his ballot had reached a New York mail facility. Early that same morning, the contractor sent an email to Military Times expressing concern that his county elections clerk in Texas had not received his ballot or his co-worker’s ballot by Nov. 1, although they mailed the ballots Sept. 27. “The Bagram Airfield Army post office placed Express mail tracking numbers on them, placed the ballots in an orange ‘Ballot Box,’ and probably in a dedicated mail bag.

        “If our ballots got lost, how many other ballots are lost as well?” he wrote. Their mail travels through the military postal system in Afghanistan along with troops’ mail and other civilians’ mail.

        Earlier Friday, the U.S. Postal Service tracker showed those ballots were still in Bahrain, and had been sitting there since Sept. 30.

        It’s unknown whether other ballots may have been affected.

        DoD spokeswoman Air Force Lt. Col. Melinda Morgan said Friday that to her knowledge, ballots were not stuck in Bahrain.

        She said DoD has verified that all absentee ballots at Bahrain have "departed the Bahrain Military Postal Facility on a [U.S. Postal Service]-contracted air carrier destined for a U.S.P.S. international service center in the United States."

        U.S. Postal Service spokeswoman Katina Fields confirmed that her agency is working with military postal service officials to determine what happened to the ballots.

        "We are investigating reports of possible missing military election ballots. We take this situation very seriously and expect to resolve this matter as quickly as possible," Fields said.

        Once the ballots reach the U.S., they are the responsibility of the U.S. Postal Service. Until then, they are the responsibility of the Military Postal Service Agency.

        The contractor in Afghanistan has mailed a replacement ballot. Texas will accept absentee ballots mailed from outside the U.S. until Nov. 12, if they are postmarked by Nov. 6.

        November 9, 2012 at 3:24 am |
      • JJ Lubus

        Maybe Iran feels that way!!!!

        November 9, 2012 at 7:37 am |
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