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

soundoff (3,879 Responses)
  1. Whatever

    Big Deal!

    November 8, 2012 at 6:57 pm | Reply
  2. grantsmith319

    This reminds me of a news piece I did for CNN back in 1990. It was basically some fake propaganda garbage like most CNN pieces, but unfortunately we were on a live satellite feed to anyone with a C-band dish. Oops. If you want to watch the clip of me making some fake CNN 'news' go to YouTube and search for 'Charles Jaco', it's a real eye opener.

    *Note I am not actually Charles Jaco but it's funnier this way.

    November 8, 2012 at 6:54 pm | Reply
  3. Tr1Xen

    Obama is a spineless coward. He won't do anything. We're screwed, America.

    November 8, 2012 at 6:53 pm | Reply
    • Rob

      Fortunately, not quite as screwed as you are...

      November 8, 2012 at 6:57 pm | Reply
    • Nabuna

      You mean, besides ordering the assassination of Osama Bin Laden in foreign territory?

      November 8, 2012 at 6:59 pm | Reply
      • Roy Ryan

        You mean the Bin Laden that had already been dead for ten years?

        November 8, 2012 at 7:04 pm |
    • works4me

      Turn yourself clockwise... in other words go screw yourself.

      November 8, 2012 at 7:00 pm | Reply
  4. WHOCARES

    Let's see, Obama lied and the press let him. What else is new? Pass the beer nuts.

    November 8, 2012 at 6:51 pm | Reply
  5. Snotty

    First, I have a simple question. Why in the HELL was the drone unarmed? And why is our military sitting on info for political conveinence? Never fear folks, Mr. Putin will make BHO his Slave, before this is over!

    November 8, 2012 at 6:51 pm | Reply
    • Rick from LA

      Iran hacked 1 drone already, do you really think it would be wise to send up armed ones over the most vital water way in the developed world?

      November 8, 2012 at 6:57 pm | Reply
    • MikefromTO

      If it was armed, do you think shooting down an Iranian aircraft would have been an appropriate, and well thought out response?

      November 8, 2012 at 7:02 pm | Reply
    • Rob

      There is help for you condition... I suggest you seek some.

      November 8, 2012 at 7:06 pm | Reply
  6. JuJuBee

    This line said it all...

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

    Not only are viewed as weak – we are irrelevant.

    November 8, 2012 at 6:51 pm | Reply
    • Jay

      Obama is working on an apology.

      November 8, 2012 at 6:54 pm | Reply
    • DeNihilist

      Your severe lack of sense is worrisome.

      November 8, 2012 at 6:56 pm | Reply
    • MikeyZ

      Yeah, let's see how crow tastes, when on their next encounter the drone blows the two jets into oblivion.

      November 8, 2012 at 6:58 pm | Reply
    • tajw

      Obama is probably working up an aid package for Iran now to pay for the expenditure of ammunition and therapy for the pilots who missed.

      What should have happened is they fired on us, we send up a flight of fighters who splashed them, end of story. No escalation, but they fired first.

      November 8, 2012 at 7:00 pm | Reply
    • Nabuna

      You guys are idiots, if a war starts, Iran can close the gulf, at least temporarily. How do you think that will affect the world economy, being that most of the worlds oil travels through there. Typical armchair grunts, no brains, all talk.

      November 8, 2012 at 7:02 pm | Reply
      • Roy Ryan

        All the more reason to treat them fairly and with justice. I'd hate for America to have to stop exporting oil (which we do)

        November 8, 2012 at 7:07 pm |
    • Baa Weet

      got a trillion in your pocket to pay for another war?

      November 8, 2012 at 7:05 pm | Reply
      • Usa sucks

        No obama took it to force me into buying health insurance that i cant afford and i think we sent the rest egypt and israel.

        November 8, 2012 at 7:13 pm |
  7. Conspiracy

    Considering we helped over throw their democratically elected government in the 1950's, Helped Saddam Hussein in his war of aggression against them, have enacted crippling economic sanctions against them, have been illegally overflying their country for years with our spy planes, helped create electronic attacks on them,and have given tacit approval for Israels assassination squads to go after their politicians and scientists ...can you really blame them for being just a little bit hostile and paranoid when we get to close to their shores?

    November 8, 2012 at 6:49 pm | Reply
  8. usmc3085

    Iran is doing everything possible to divert its attention somewere else for better progress on its nuclear goals. they are at that red line and expect them to do more so Obama administration will blink for just a moment and then its on with the nuclear test fire at Isreal. And then what wait a few days condemn them and do an investigation, like in Bengazi like a whole list of other attacks on US interest and service members. No Country is gonna listen to talk or sanctions. REMEMBER PAIN EQUALS COMPLIANCE WORKS EVERY TIME. Lets get in get done get out regroup and assist from abroad, no occupation just force cooperation for humanity

    November 8, 2012 at 6:47 pm | Reply
    • Roy Ryan

      BS. Iran allows inspections of its nuclear sites in compliance with the nuclear non proliferation treaty. They are not looking to build a nuclear bomb.

      November 8, 2012 at 6:55 pm | Reply
      • MikeyZ

        HAHAHAHAHA! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

        *sniff* *cough* heh that was a good one. You really had me there for a while *snorkle*

        November 8, 2012 at 7:01 pm |
      • MikefromTO

        Sarcasm noted, I hope.

        November 8, 2012 at 7:04 pm |
    • MikeyZ

      If Iran is smart enough to build a nuclear bomb, they're smart enough to know that shooting it at Israel is a sure-fire way to turn Tehran into a glass parking lot.

      November 8, 2012 at 7:03 pm | Reply
      • MikefromTO

        Just like the US-USSR arms race, having nukes will greatly increase Iran's position in the middle east, and of course they would never actually use it. But unlike US of the 1950's, Israel has the firepower to put a stop to it.

        November 8, 2012 at 7:07 pm |
    • twalk

      Repubturds will start a war in a blink of a eye even if they have to use lies to do it. GWB invading Iraq was a prime example. Repubturds are war mongers and domestic terrorist. Party of scare tactics.

      November 9, 2012 at 2:43 am | Reply
  9. That one guy

    I doubt everything we are reporting.
    I'm sure they were in Iranian air space.
    Buncha dang liars.

    November 8, 2012 at 6:46 pm | Reply
    • Roy Ryan

      Just because it has turned out that way 99 out of the last 99 times doesn't make it a lie this time. At least not to the warmongers who are still in denial of the last 99 lies.

      November 8, 2012 at 6:58 pm | Reply
    • somebody31

      I wouldn't doubt this whole story is a complete fabrication.

      November 8, 2012 at 7:06 pm | Reply
  10. haman1

    So, we are monitoring Iranian's reaction with provocative actions and want to find out how quick they can respond. Now we have collected that data and we can modify our next action. These sorts of careless and short sighted maneuvers will have greater consequences than most people can comprehend. This is not a Xbox game, people will die.

    What are we doing off the coast of Iran with a drone half a world away is very clear. No one other than American population who needs more entertainment continuously would like to see some sort of hostility to break between Iran and US, as if it is a new game or a Movie to watch every night. There should be a total condemnation of our provocation against Iran. We have threatened the Iranians continuously and we have disregarded their legitimate rights. We have backed the Zionists and threaten the Iranians with bombing and other means including economic warfare. So, if Iran plans to defend herself don't be surprised your sons and daughter who are pawns in this scenario to get hurt.

    Get real.

    November 8, 2012 at 6:46 pm | Reply
    • Harin

      You do realize that we are about to go to war with Iran over their nuclear program? Obama promised as much as he said he would not tolerate them having nukes and Iran has made it clear it will obtain them. Our military is in the region and the presence will only get larger.

      November 8, 2012 at 6:51 pm | Reply
      • Roy Ryan

        BS. Iran has consistently, from the mullahs down, denied it is seeking a nuclear bomb. Had it wanted one, it could have gotten one from the ex soviet blocs.

        November 8, 2012 at 7:02 pm |
      • haman1

        That is the point. We have no ground to stand on. IAEA inspectors have been in Iran and are still in Iran. The Iranians have signed the NPT long time ago. No smoking guns have ever been found. So, you are saying we can just go and bomb them??! What does International law and UN has to say about that? Pakistan has 100 of nuclear bomb missiles, Jews have twice as much, India has just as much and North Korea is still there. You think if Iran wanted to have a bomb yesterday they could not have come up with one as poor Pakistan did?

        Get real.

        November 10, 2012 at 1:49 pm |
      • David Driscoll

        So they are making bomb grade plutonium just because?

        November 10, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
      • haman1

        To David Driscoll,

        Who says they are?! That is exactly the propaganda that is fed to the American Audience. IAEA has inspected Iranian nuclear program for over 25 years, the longest in that agency's history and NO smoking GUN has ever been found. The highest the Iranians enriched Uranium is 20% which is used in Teheran's Medical Isotope facility. They asked France to supply the Isotope rods but we stopped them from delivering it.

        Get real.

        November 11, 2012 at 12:50 pm |
      • muse1876

        You believe all what the gov't. tells you?

        November 11, 2012 at 1:26 pm |
      • haman1

        @ muse1876

        The question is DO YOU?!

        November 11, 2012 at 1:53 pm |
  11. Steve

    Pull your heads out of the sand and concentrate. This is now. The point still is we are constantly mislead and lied to for political gain. What is scary is that the media is silent with Obama. Do you not understand how dangerous this is? What happens when your man or anyone else has this power? Please think about this rationally people. It is not a partisan problem. I do not hate Obama, but I also do not let my kids do anything they want just because I love them.

    November 8, 2012 at 6:45 pm | Reply
    • sugarpunk

      I couldnt agee with you more...just like the 20 or so companies that have issued lay off notices within 48 hours of the election....all to protect who...OBAMA!

      November 8, 2012 at 6:51 pm | Reply
    • Aaron

      As far as I'm aware, our govt. has no obligation to release frivolous information. When/If the govt. fails to release information that could directly negatively affect you personally, then you can get upset. Not being told that another country fired on and missed an aircraft that if brought down would have resulted in no loss of life, is none of your concern.

      November 8, 2012 at 6:55 pm | Reply
  12. Name*

    So let me see, President Obama was informed about this last week before the election but kept it from the American People?

    November 8, 2012 at 6:44 pm | Reply
    • usmc3085

      he is a dem. what do you expect. if he would of told the public before the election that might have hurt the chance of re-election. But he is very cool and down to earth leader touches the heart of the american people. we are being bulldogged in the biggest way from russia china and middle east we are a weak nation right now and the world knows it

      November 8, 2012 at 7:04 pm | Reply
  13. Frank

    I wouldn't believe anything from the news media these days. The international jewish organizations are all they are.

    November 8, 2012 at 6:44 pm | Reply
  14. Reality

    Last time CNN proudly reported a News about how bravely Israelis destroyed a unarmed foreign drone, Why does CNN has different standards, they are totally in the pockets of Zionazis and report whatever they can to help Zionazis in Israel and America.

    November 8, 2012 at 6:44 pm | Reply
  15. PanamaJoe

    Are they sure it was not a mob angry over a video?

    November 8, 2012 at 6:40 pm | Reply
  16. fedupwithla

    Obama is a man of peace and won the Nobel Peace Prize. HE AIN'T GONNA DO A D*MNED THING ABOUT IT!

    November 8, 2012 at 6:40 pm | Reply
  17. cdogg

    Would our response to Iranian drones in the Gulf of Mexico be any different?

    November 8, 2012 at 6:39 pm | Reply
    • Chase

      Yes we would not fire upon it because it was in International waters...Just like when the Russians had their Sub in the gulf Just two months ago

      November 8, 2012 at 6:47 pm | Reply
    • Obamasuqusss

      Cdogg you might be speaking German right now if we let people like you run things. If you don't want to live here in a Superpower country then move. Or the next regime will enslave you.

      November 8, 2012 at 6:47 pm | Reply
    • Guest

      Yes, it most certainly would be. International airspace is free for any nation to use. The fact that you would even ask just highlights how clueless you are as to the laws that govern interactions between nations.

      November 8, 2012 at 6:48 pm | Reply
  18. xfiler93

    Suprises that haven't fired on us before,since they have no fear whatsoever of our DEAR LEADER in the White House.

    November 8, 2012 at 6:33 pm | Reply
  19. Sly

    Gotta love the TeaBillies:

    "The entire Media is againest us ... one big commie plot by Rupport Murdoch and General Dynamics, which own 75% of US media". Gotta watch those military defense firms and right wing Austrailians, they are really secret liberals.

    "Obama isn't from here – he is an alien from outer space. Squak squak. Wheres his birth certificate"

    "Rape is ok, God approves"

    "The drone was really just on a peace keeping mission in Intl waters. And the one 2 weeks ago that Iran shot down in the middle of its country was really a fake – the Iranians were lying also".

    "47% of Americans are losers, and they'll lie and cheat also. All of them"

    "Lance Armstrong didn't do it – one big conspiracy by 25 unrelated atheletes, about 100 scientists. Even the drug testing firms were being paid off".

    "God created earth 9000 years ago. All of those dinosauer bones are fakes, since there NEVER were dinosaurs."

    Yep, life is one big conspiracy ... everyone is out to get us poor TeaBillies.

    November 8, 2012 at 6:32 pm | Reply
    • Chris

      Better than AL GORE who invented the Internet.

      November 8, 2012 at 6:34 pm | Reply
      • hawaiiduude

        internets

        November 8, 2012 at 6:47 pm |
    • PanamaJoe

      Sly, are you having problem with that one brain cell of yours? Try three in one oil, I hear that will reduce friction.

      November 8, 2012 at 6:45 pm | Reply
    • hw obs

      Sly, I think the wheels are coming off your bus.

      November 8, 2012 at 7:02 pm | Reply
  20. Max

    "Two Iranian Su-25 fighter jets fired on an unarmed U.S. Air Force Predator drone in the Persian Gulf last week, CNN has learned."

    When did CNN first "learn" of it? And why did it take a week to make it public?

    November 8, 2012 at 6:31 pm | Reply
    • who knows?

      Nice the president decided not to disclose, where is our open transparent government?

      November 8, 2012 at 6:35 pm | Reply
  21. photomota

    What if an Iranian drone was flying around Pittsburgh? Or Atlanta? or Langley? How would we know if it's unarmed or not?
    How long would it last? How come the jet planes couldn't catch up" to this propeller driven drone? There is something fishy about this story. Blaming Obama for not responding when someone shoots at a spy plane is pretty idiotic.

    November 8, 2012 at 6:31 pm | Reply
    • heath

      lol how dare iran defend it's sovereignty from a foreign spy drone! can you imagine the response if iranian warcraft were over NYC?

      November 8, 2012 at 6:35 pm | Reply
      • ikeman83

        Did you read the story? The incident took place more than 12 NM from the Iranian coast. That's international airspace over international waters. Please try to be at least moderately informed before you post.

        November 8, 2012 at 6:42 pm |
  22. irishmafia116

    I find it very sad that so few people are concerned that the government withheld this information until the elections were over. How much else are they hiding? We know they are still looking for a fall guy for Libya

    November 8, 2012 at 6:30 pm | Reply
    • M I Snow

      Yeah... we want to know about the aliens they got stashed at Area-51 :) What they're in Gitmo...OK... nevermind! :)

      November 8, 2012 at 6:36 pm | Reply
  23. silentcount

    Iran's best jet fighter pilots shoot at a slow moving drone and can't hit it? The only thing worse is if the drone returned fire and took them both out with only two shots.

    November 8, 2012 at 6:29 pm | Reply
    • Ig

      Obviously, they had no intention of shooting it down. They acted to prevent it entering Iranian airspace, and apparently they succeeded in that.

      November 8, 2012 at 6:39 pm | Reply
  24. SLJ

    Remember the last debate? Mitt does not even know Iran has a coast. Don't expect any president to tell us every military incident as soon as it happens. That's his and the military's job to handle it, not ours. Just thank your lucky stars we have a president that at least knows where Iran is.

    November 8, 2012 at 6:29 pm | Reply
    • NavyGal

      Too bad the President didn't know Pennsylvania is not in the midwest. Oh yeah, didn't catch that one during the last debate did ya?

      November 8, 2012 at 7:20 pm | Reply
  25. eddy

    false flags and false reports

    November 8, 2012 at 6:29 pm | Reply
  26. irishmafia116

    I find it sad that very few posters are concerned that this information was withheld till the election was over.

    November 8, 2012 at 6:29 pm | Reply
    • JW

      Hey, as long as they get their government check on the 1st, it's all the same to them

      November 8, 2012 at 6:40 pm | Reply
    • Mike

      Who cares?? What difference would it make? None whatsoever. If President Obama would have allowed it to be releasedhe would gave been blamed for trying to instill fear in the American public as bush did during his election. I don't think it should have been released at all. Its a SECRET surveillance mission. & I dont believe most civilians have that security clearance

      November 8, 2012 at 6:46 pm | Reply
  27. John

    Iran has jets?

    November 8, 2012 at 6:28 pm | Reply
  28. Neonative

    We have some very stupid psychos in our government if they actually believe a military strike on another country is justified because they shot at one of our spy drones. If one human being is lost in a retaliatory military strike I would vote to convict whoever gave the damn order guilty of crimes against humanity.

    November 8, 2012 at 6:28 pm | Reply
  29. OperationTailGunner

    This was TOTALLY expected...Romney looses the election... dual Israeli agent and Romney Supporter Mel Sembler and Sheldon Adelson loose their opportunity to launch Gulf War III...and CNN (pretending to be a news organization) immediately begins broadcasting propaganda on behalf of Israel. Look at it this way...if Iran attempted to fly a drone armed or otherwise over any Western power...we would definitely shoot it down... so why are you having a problem with this? If Iran was Florida, they could cite the "stand your ground" law....if you don't want to get shot at..then don't fly your spy aircraft within gun range...even the Rednecks in Alabama have been know to shoot at U.S. military helicopters who like to buzz their cattle for sport...CNN please evolve or get out of the news business and join up with Fox Noise propaganda channel...

    November 8, 2012 at 6:25 pm | Reply
    • John Smith

      Do you know the difference in meaning between loose and lose?

      November 8, 2012 at 6:40 pm | Reply
    • Josh

      Wow, before posting here please do some research. What part of "international airspace" do you not understand? The drone was in the Persian Gulf. Iran does not own the Persian Gulf and was closer to our ally Kuwait, not Iran. We have every right to fly aircraft in that region to observe shipping lanes, which is exactly what we were doing.

      November 8, 2012 at 6:40 pm | Reply
  30. silentcount

    Iran's best fighter pilots shoot at a slow moving drone and can't hit it? It's a good thing the drone wasn't shooting back.

    November 8, 2012 at 6:25 pm | Reply
  31. Saliera

    whites vent. Its oK cause u lost. LOL – Pres Obama is the man. suckas.

    November 8, 2012 at 6:25 pm | Reply
    • Chris

      Martin Luther King will slap your face if he was alive. Obama is black but blacks only stand with the truth. A true black will accept if Obama was wrong. Who the sucka taught you this ignorance?

      November 8, 2012 at 6:33 pm | Reply
    • vostere

      Dont make it racial saliera, Whites voted for Obama also, I dif

      November 8, 2012 at 6:41 pm | Reply
      • kookoobear

        I wish it had been racial because if 93% of whites had voted for Romney like 93% blacks voted for Ob we would have a new president. Talk about what race is racial. I think it is clear.

        November 8, 2012 at 7:12 pm |
    • Concerned

      America lost, I feel sorry for your lack of intelligence.

      November 8, 2012 at 6:45 pm | Reply
    • Name*JS

      I voted for Obama and I'm a white male....

      November 8, 2012 at 7:29 pm | Reply
  32. Steve

    Most of you are missing the point. Once again incredible information was hidden by Obama and the media.Yes we have been attacked before but never before has there been a willfully intent to mislead an entire country. All this for politically calculated gain. And no one questions it. I don't want to live like Russians or Chinese.

    November 8, 2012 at 6:24 pm | Reply
    • Roy Ryan

      I can't believe you said that. "Never before has there been a willful attempt to mislead and entire country"
      Dude, it has happened prior to almost every war we have ever been involved in. Don't you remember even as far back as Iraq?

      November 8, 2012 at 6:35 pm | Reply
  33. Chris

    I am offering every Democrat a Tin Foil hat with Obama TV antenna with in built headphone and a pair of 'Blame George Bush' wrist bands. The PRO version of the Tin Foil hat has an electric shock sensor which will remove all the truth by transmitting electric signals into the brain and kicking the truth away from your brain. The pro version costs 5$ because we have taxed a carbon tax on it because it uses electricity. We expect you to live in caves and be environment friendly.

    November 8, 2012 at 6:24 pm | Reply
    • Chris

      Since its Christmas, we are offering our warm 'WINTER FESTIVAL GREETING' card with a $1000 dollar stimulus money from our printers in the Federal Reserve to you as well. If we say "MERRY CHRISTMAS", it will offend the muslims. The President sends his apologies and we are working on an upgraded version of electric sensors that will stimulate your brains to be a muslim.

      November 8, 2012 at 6:30 pm | Reply
  34. Freedomination

    I wonder how many of the comments here are the product of the US military's social media project designed to spread pro-American propaganda? Would be interesting if they released exactly the number of military service personnel and number of fake online accounts they have operating on the major news sites.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/mar/17/us-spy-operation-social-networks

    (Link to an older article about this sort of "sock-puppetry)

    November 8, 2012 at 6:23 pm | Reply
    • NavyGal

      You're a nut job. Forgot to take your medicine today?

      November 8, 2012 at 7:04 pm | Reply
  35. uggy

    Thanks god we have a president with a brain and who is not quick to the draw with other peoples son's.

    November 8, 2012 at 6:23 pm | Reply
  36. Saliera

    Presdent Obama is da man,,, Whites u lost. LOL suckas

    November 8, 2012 at 6:22 pm | Reply
    • muckmuck

      Yeah more free health care, cash, cell phones, etc..... for the people who refuse to try and better themselves. Just be lazy ass like you always have been and the whites will take care of you.

      November 8, 2012 at 6:32 pm | Reply
    • 1968billsfan

      A typical democratic racists.

      November 8, 2012 at 6:34 pm | Reply
    • Emission

      Youre DUMB beyond belief. Blacks voted for Obama cuz hes black, not cuz he has good policies or even a good record. If Hitler was black yall would vote for him too. Obama thinks hes helping but in reality hes making life for minorities sooo much worse. Minority unemployment is the highest its been in over 30 yrs under Obama. But you dont care cuz ure dumb. You think youre exacting justice by electing a half black president, but the sad thing is youre hurting ureselves and everyone else even more. By the way, before you start taking jabs at white people, just remember that whites, specifically Western Europeans, developed the modern society you feed off of. White people invented and discovered the overwhelming majority of technologies and social structures you cherish, i.e. modern medicine, rule of law, cars, planes, trains, computers, power stations, etc.. Pretty much everything you couldnt live without. Black ppl always complain about being held back and that because of colonialism they werent able to advance as a society. Black ppl had atleast a 3000 yr head start with civilization and yet by the 20th century youre still running around in loin clothes toting spears and living in filth. Be more appreciative for what has been granted to you: a civilized, modern life.

      November 8, 2012 at 6:51 pm | Reply
    • Bucky

      Yeah we lost the election, but I am still rich and you are just left with your homies and purple drank.

      November 8, 2012 at 6:54 pm | Reply
  37. Zwei Stein

    Republican refusal to work across the aisle is what brought Rome down.

    November 8, 2012 at 6:21 pm | Reply
    • Roy Ryan

      I'm sure we have already crossed our Rubicon.

      November 8, 2012 at 6:27 pm | Reply
    • DividedWeFall

      No it wasn't. Rome fell because they could not afford to keep giving non-producing citizens free food and entertainment. Sound familiar?

      November 8, 2012 at 6:40 pm | Reply
  38. No one

    "it doesn't matter, they fired on us."
    Someone, anyone, please slap this 'official.'

    http://www.cnn.com/2012/09/21/world/asia/south-korea-warning-shots/

    November 8, 2012 at 6:21 pm | Reply
  39. Clinton

    You can be sure of one thing... If Mitt Romney was elected, we'd be at War with Iran "on day 1" .... nothing fires up the GOP more than sending us out to fight a war in the middle East..... last 2 Republican Presidents, 3 Middle Eastern Wars... last 2 Democrats, uh... nothin... some peacekeeping missions to stop genocide, that's about it.

    November 8, 2012 at 6:20 pm | Reply
    • John Smithh

      Nope.
      Two things are certain had Mitt been elected:
      1) The market would be soaring, not tanking as it is under Obama.
      2) Obama care would be repealed...

      4 more years of econominc misery....Thanks Obama!!

      November 8, 2012 at 6:24 pm | Reply
      • Clinton

        I thought you Repubs learned your lesson the other night, American's are smarter than you thought... Just because Wall Street isn't getting the regulations they want repealed so they can create another bubble doesn't mean the economy is hurting, I would figure you GOPer's would know by now, the Market's daily back and forth doesn't change anything... It's only when creeps like your last President tank the entire economy that it matters. Oh and by the way, Since JFK was inagurated, 46 million jobs have been created under Democrat Administrations in that same time period, Republican Administrations have netted only 28 million jobs... So don't give me that crap about Repubs knowing the economy, they literally aren't half as good as Dems at creating jobs.

        November 8, 2012 at 6:31 pm |
    • 1968billsfan

      No way that would happen. But the information was hidden from the American public until after the election. Get used to this. Big Brother will just tell you what He feels you should be told.

      November 8, 2012 at 6:38 pm | Reply
  40. Jimmy is Tired

    Sorrt, wasn't first on CNN, unless you mean "the first time we are running it"... knew abuot this hours before you published thanks to FOX

    November 8, 2012 at 6:17 pm | Reply
  41. Disgusted Patriot

    "The Obama administration did not disclose the incident, which occurred just days before the presidential election on November 1, but three senior officials confirmed the details to CNN." NOW THERE'S A SHOCKER, IT DIDN'T COME OUT UNTIL AFTER THE ELECTION.

    November 8, 2012 at 6:16 pm | Reply
    • Wafffles

      First Obama is criticized because too many leaks are coming out during his administration, now he is criticized because the leaks are too few and too slow. Again, the guy cannot win.

      November 8, 2012 at 6:19 pm | Reply
      • Roscoe Chait

        But he did win!

        November 8, 2012 at 6:35 pm |
    • woodie

      I'm we didn't have a right wing nut case like you in office or we'd be going to war over an unmanned surveillance drone. We can't afford your kind of stupidity.

      November 8, 2012 at 7:03 pm | Reply
  42. Chris

    It is Bush's fault.

    November 8, 2012 at 6:15 pm | Reply
    • zometimer

      4400 dead americans in iraq, destoyed a country, destablized a region, increased irans sphere of influence, thanks bush

      November 8, 2012 at 6:18 pm | Reply
    • Joli

      Touche'. God help us. F-ing O didn't respond?

      November 8, 2012 at 6:19 pm | Reply
    • Behzad

      Iran is not like Iraq or Afghanistan. It just like playing with the fire!

      November 8, 2012 at 6:23 pm | Reply
    • Roy Ryan

      And rather than end it as promised, Obama continued it.

      November 8, 2012 at 6:31 pm | Reply
  43. Ali

    It's not easy to believe that the drone was out there simply on a picnic and what would Americans expect US government to do if an Iranian drone was 16 miles off NY coast? Secondly, what the Iranian government did is more or less a regime act of propaganda to pacify their hard liners if they want to have negotiations on the nuclear issue to lift the sanctions which have brought down the economy otherwise I think they could have brought it down easily.

    November 8, 2012 at 6:13 pm | Reply
  44. you suck

    And Iran missed. LOL perhaps tehy should of sent a flying boat up to take a look at it. How pathetic iran really is.

    November 8, 2012 at 6:13 pm | Reply
  45. someguy

    Su-25's are not "fighters", they are ground attack aircraft.

    November 8, 2012 at 6:12 pm | Reply
    • spacejunk

      it has rails attached for vympel r-60 air to air missiles

      November 8, 2012 at 6:43 pm | Reply
  46. Jeff

    Probably a false flag attack by the CIA......

    November 8, 2012 at 6:11 pm | Reply
  47. Chris

    OBAMA = HUGO CHAVEZ = They both control and manipulate the media all the time and brain wash the people.

    November 8, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Reply
    • zometimer

      We as americans purchase more oil from hugo than the middle east.

      November 8, 2012 at 6:13 pm | Reply
      • Chris

        It is because Oil is rare in this world. There is no other country with oil near us than Venezuela. If you want, you can walk to work or buy a horse.

        November 8, 2012 at 6:17 pm |
  48. Simba

    When the U.S. attacks Iran (or assists in attacks) it is merely called pre-emptive security or some other random, retarded response. When Iran attacks the U.S. it's called an act of war. Love the double standard.

    November 8, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Reply
    • Chris

      SO FAR,

      THE US has never attacked IRAN. Get your facts right.

      November 8, 2012 at 6:19 pm | Reply
      • Joli

        I think it's about time

        November 8, 2012 at 6:21 pm |
      • Usa sucks

        Ya except for that missile strike on that civilian airliner in the 80's. Your an idiot chris and you can hope all day but its human nature to kill eachother its what we do.

        November 8, 2012 at 6:38 pm |
      • Roy Ryan

        Our CIA overthrew thier democratically elected government in 1953. We armed Iraq to fight them.

        November 8, 2012 at 6:41 pm |
  49. Eddie Weeks

    Iran couldn't evern beat Iraq in their war.....do you think wea re concerned about Iran?......Obviously none of you have been in the military, because you would be surprised as to the things that are not reported to the public.......All you need do ge a life.

    November 8, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Reply
  50. ConfidentThatObamaWillFailAgain

    Ha Ha HA ha

    Obama's weakness is the cause of this attack...there are probably more we do not know about.

    Any strong President would have responded in an hour.

    WEAK LIBS–HAVE A NICE DAY

    November 8, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Reply
    • zometimer

      Like GWB? hahahah, funny stuff!

      November 8, 2012 at 6:12 pm | Reply
    • Concerned Entrepreneur

      You're right about that. He heard about it long before us. However, he wouldn't respond too quickly unless he knew for sure the pilot of the fighter wasn't one of his distant relatives. Barack Hussein Obama.

      November 8, 2012 at 6:17 pm | Reply
    • chris lingerman

      any other president would have made an aggressive response.as far as i am concerned obama is a coward..if he keeps increasing handouts someone is gonna hand him walkin papers sooner than later

      November 8, 2012 at 6:24 pm | Reply
  51. Chris

    Come on people. The U.S. spends more money on military and intelligence than the entire rest of the world put together. Iran is in the stone age militarily compared to the U.S. I think that drone was somewhere it shouldnt have been before the Iranian jets were told to go after it. It wouldnt surprise me if the drone was armed when it took off. all speculation though. Remember Iran hasnt invaded anyone in over 50+ years but the U.S. seems to wanna invade everyone.

    November 8, 2012 at 6:09 pm | Reply
    • ConfidentThatObamaWillFailAgain

      Yes, You are right...AMERICA IS ALWAYS THE GUILTY PARTY

      THINK ABOUT HOW THEY DESTROYED ENGLAND AND FRANCE IN WWII. THEY EVEN KILLED THE NICE HITLER-YOU LIBS FAVORITE PERSON BESIDES CASTRO.

      THE BAD AMERICANS REALLY MAKE YOU MAD AND IRAN IS A VERY PEACEFUL COUNTRY–JUST LISTEN TO AHKMA-PORK-A-JAD TALK SO NICE ABOUT OUR GREATEST ALLY IN THE MIDDLE EAST.

      OBAMA IS A REALLY GREAT WARRIOR–HE HAS BEEN SINCE

      HIS CHOOM GANG YEARS.

      YAH

      November 8, 2012 at 6:15 pm | Reply
      • NPR listener

        What is a choom wagon???

        November 8, 2012 at 6:25 pm |
    • ymcoach

      Hey Chris, if you don't like how his country handles security and military affairs, you are more than welcome to move to Iran. I am sure they won't have any problems with you publicly voicing your concerns over how how they handle things

      November 8, 2012 at 6:36 pm | Reply
  52. Chris

    Obama owns the media.

    November 8, 2012 at 6:09 pm | Reply
    • ConfidentThatObamaWillFailAgain

      AND THE MEDIA OWNS HIM–BECAUSE THEY ALL HATE AMERICAN VALUES

      November 8, 2012 at 6:16 pm | Reply
  53. JACOB

    If the jets were outside their own borders that America had been hit by a missile

    November 8, 2012 at 6:09 pm | Reply
  54. Saliera

    Presedent Obama is the man,,, Whites lost. LOL suckas

    November 8, 2012 at 6:09 pm | Reply
    • John Smithh

      Obama's mother is White....so sorry about your low IQ

      November 8, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Reply
    • Sly

      President Obama is a white man. You may want to do a bit of reading sometime.

      November 8, 2012 at 6:13 pm | Reply
    • flyhunter

      Please learn to spell before posting a message. Thank-you.

      November 8, 2012 at 6:35 pm | Reply
  55. Tim Crowley

    "The officials declined to be identified because of sensitive intelligence matters surrounding the matter." Then maybe you should be Patriotic Americans and not publish things about "sensitive intelligence matters". Or you could be journailists. Oh wait, never mind. You'll be neither.

    November 8, 2012 at 6:08 pm | Reply
  56. Chris

    TIme to see why Romney lost the election. Put your seat belts on.

    The Media is going to defend Obama again and side with Obama and brain wash American people into believing that Iranians sent over Christmas presents instead of attacking the Drones. Or perhaps 'Iranians attacked the Drones because George Bush was piloting the Drone' 'The Iranians were just joking around with us'

    November 8, 2012 at 6:08 pm | Reply
  57. Patriot

    Obama, the great warrior (snicker, snicker, snicker) will do nothing except ask the Iranians and Muslims to be please be peaceful.

    November 8, 2012 at 6:07 pm | Reply
    • zometimer

      Stop being angry that your candidate lost. Mittens would have done...nothing.

      November 8, 2012 at 6:11 pm | Reply
      • Patriot

        He hasn't done anything any other time. Time will prove me correct.
        Israel will eliminate Iran while Obama leads from behind

        November 8, 2012 at 6:14 pm |
      • photomota

        What if an un armed Iranian drone was buzzing around Pittsburgh? Or Atlanta? Or Langley? How long would it last? How would the people of Iran know whether it was unarmed or not? How could jet planes "not catch up" to a propeller driven drone? There's something fishy about this story.

        November 8, 2012 at 6:18 pm |
  58. Nicoya

    "The Obama administration did not disclose the incident, which occurred just days before the presidential election on November 1, but three senior officials confirmed the details to CNN". I'm just wondering if CNN sat on the story also till after the elections (Just wondering).

    November 8, 2012 at 6:06 pm | Reply
    • Patriot

      Of course they did.
      The media is in the barrel with zero

      November 8, 2012 at 6:15 pm | Reply
  59. John Smithh

    Don't worry, Obama will apologize to Iran.

    November 8, 2012 at 6:06 pm | Reply
    • Hitman

      He will probably send them money to cover the cost of jet fuel that they used!

      November 8, 2012 at 6:09 pm | Reply
    • Patriot

      Is Obama planning another apology tour or is the first one still running.

      November 8, 2012 at 6:16 pm | Reply
  60. Reality

    First person who thinks the US would not shoot an Iranian drone (in international air space) that was flying off our coast, raise your hand.

    Exactly, we'd have shot it down.

    November 8, 2012 at 6:06 pm | Reply
    • Concerned Entreprenuer

      That's a rediculous comment. We're talking about international waters. During the cold war, there were Russian nuclear subs 2 miles off the coast of Florida. Anyone who took a Carnival cruise at that time remembers. You could see them plain as day. We never shot at them.

      November 8, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Reply
  61. blindnil

    If the drone was in international airspace then the Iranian jets would be in international airspace. This is fishy.

    November 8, 2012 at 6:03 pm | Reply
    • blindnil

      Gulf of Tonkin, Operation Northwoods. The US has manufactured threats before. Don't expect the government to NOT do it again.

      November 8, 2012 at 6:05 pm | Reply
    • Chris

      TIme to see why Romney lost the election. Put your seat belts on.

      The Media is going to defend Obama again and side with Obama and brain wash American people into believing that Iranians sent over Christmas presents instead of attacking the Drones.

      November 8, 2012 at 6:06 pm | Reply
  62. A little point of fact

    The contiguous zone – "The contiguous zone is a band of water extending from the outer edge of the territorial sea to up to 24 nautical miles (44 km; 28 mi) from the baseline, within which a state can exert limited control for the purpose of preventing or punishing "infringement of its customs, fiscal, immigration or sanitary laws and regulations within its territory or territorial sea". This will typically be 12 nautical miles (22 km; 14 mi) wide, but could be more (if a state has chosen to claim a territorial sea of less than 12 nautical miles), or less, if it would otherwise overlap another state's contiguous zone. However, unlike the territorial sea there is no standard rule for resolving such conflicts, and the states in question must negotiate their own compromise. The United States invoked a contiguous zone out to 24 nmi on 24 September 1999."

    In my opinion, espionage would certainly come under 'infringement of customs'. No nation would, or even should, permit such blatant surveillance.

    November 8, 2012 at 6:02 pm | Reply
  63. Usa sucks

    I love how no one else can have nuclear anything but last time i checked u s a was the only nation to ever use one out of hatred and we did it twice. On women and children not even military targets. Im ashamed to be an american.

    November 8, 2012 at 6:01 pm | Reply
    • Chris

      You have a Iranian ip address though.

      November 8, 2012 at 6:05 pm | Reply
      • Matic

        Zing!

        Not that anyone here will pay attention to it.

        November 8, 2012 at 7:11 pm |
      • Usa sucks

        Your all retards you cant just move anywhere everywhere has immigration laws you idiots and unlike the good ole usa they enforce them. I wish there was a way to opt out and never see another piece of human trash ever again but the only way is death and im waaaaay to cool for that so all you leeches just kill yourselves i would greatly appreciate it and if you all want to by me a ticket ill take one to norway just let me wade through the sea of turd colored people to get to the airport.

        November 8, 2012 at 8:35 pm |
    • i love the usa

      Then get out.

      November 8, 2012 at 6:05 pm | Reply
    • Bill Mcneal

      FUC%$#$@#@YOU!

      November 8, 2012 at 6:06 pm | Reply
    • you suck

      Really? Iran signed the treaty and could back out of it but don't they instead continue to violate it's rule. Your're about a stupid F.

      November 8, 2012 at 6:07 pm | Reply
    • kaz

      We all have a choice where we live, make yours. A little study of WW11 history will show you many lives were saved by the bombing, warnings were made and ignored

      November 8, 2012 at 6:08 pm | Reply
    • pat

      If you hate it that bad move out.

      November 8, 2012 at 6:09 pm | Reply
    • Westerner

      Leave then! Oh wait I bet you are sucking us dry on social programs other countries you like wouldn't provide. If you are truly ashamed leave- I swear right now, I'll pay for your one way ticket.

      November 8, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Reply
    • Nheckt

      Good then move to Iran and denounce citizenship. I would doubt you did that, so I will just state the obvious You are a Loser!!!

      November 8, 2012 at 6:12 pm | Reply
  64. Jim

    What is hilarious is they MISSED.. TWO of them! HA HA HA what a bunch of losers, couldnt give them any easier of a target

    November 8, 2012 at 6:00 pm | Reply
  65. BigdaddyUSA

    Two jets couldn't hit a drone? So much for the mighty Iranian military. Even Israel can shoot down a drone.

    November 8, 2012 at 5:59 pm | Reply
  66. Dean

    Get used to it. The mid-east knows Obama won't do anything.
    Wondering how long until Israel stops Iran.

    November 8, 2012 at 5:55 pm | Reply
    • Mike

      Wow, another slave to the media. We wouldn't care less about israel or iran if it wasn't for all the jewish money flowing into our political coffers.

      November 8, 2012 at 6:14 pm | Reply
  67. Eric

    If the Iranians had shot at an Israeli drone there would be all out war right now... It's only a matter of time before we start shooting back...

    November 8, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Reply
    • Dean

      Obama won't respond. He wants to be their friends so they will become peaceful and friendly towards us.

      November 8, 2012 at 5:56 pm | Reply
      • Dano

        After finally getting out of Iraq and nearing the end of the Afghanistan fiasco, it's hard to believe there are Americans that still lust for another war in Iran. Make sure you enlist so you can get a good view.

        November 8, 2012 at 6:11 pm |
    • Hitman

      Sorry, the messiah is too busy patting himself on the back after his recrowning!

      November 8, 2012 at 5:58 pm | Reply
      • zometimer

        Your party picked a loser. Get over it.

        November 8, 2012 at 5:59 pm |
  68. Hitman

    Another act of war against this once great country that will be ignored by the Organizer!

    November 8, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Reply
    • Roy Ryan

      If Isreali military killing an unarmed American civilian in International waters wasn't an act of war, how is Iran firing warning shots at an American drone 4 miles from thier shore an act of war?

      November 8, 2012 at 5:58 pm | Reply
      • Chris

        My friend, Israeli never attacked any US citizen in International waters. Iranians on the other hand, did attack the Drones.

        November 8, 2012 at 6:03 pm |
      • Roy Ryan

        I call BS, Chris. There was a kid on board the Mavi Marmara, in international waters, that was executed by the IDF. He was an American citizen.

        November 8, 2012 at 6:15 pm |
  69. Joey

    Why would this event or the so-called supression of it being in the news change the way you would have voted? c'mon man. There are far more important issues at home and hundreds of encounters like this you will never read about. learn history before accusing the President of having committed treason..or learn what treason is first. p.s moving to colorado

    November 8, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Reply
    • PiazzaAtl

      Maybe because we Americans like free press. Why should anyone be happy that the government suppressed information until after an election? That doesn't bother you? If George Bush did it, would it bother you? Please be honest.

      November 8, 2012 at 6:11 pm | Reply
  70. art knepper

    im betting our president will apologize to Iran for our drone flying around up there, causing their pilots to waste ammunition .

    November 8, 2012 at 5:53 pm | Reply
  71. Altair Zielite

    When we take people out with drones it's "just short of war", (Quote from CNN's Erin Burnett), but if the latest boogieman shoots at our robot, oh, hell no, beat the war drums!!! Wake up people.!

    November 8, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Reply
  72. Cherub

    They are sending a message to Obama....loud and clear. Lets see how much guts does Obama have?

    November 8, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Reply
    • zometimer

      Like when China forced one of out planes down and that aircraft had a crew. GW did...... nothing.

      November 8, 2012 at 5:58 pm | Reply
      • Linz

        You sure are a whining snotty little biotch aren't you there zomer. Your day is coming sooner than you think.

        November 8, 2012 at 6:21 pm |
  73. Steve

    Don't worry – i am sure our president will apologize to the Iranians for us.. .:-(

    November 8, 2012 at 5:50 pm | Reply
    • Susan

      hahaha! Steve – your comment about the president apologizing made me smile for the first time this week :)

      November 8, 2012 at 6:09 pm | Reply
  74. Rick McDaniel

    So much for Iran "playing nice".

    November 8, 2012 at 5:45 pm | Reply
    • Rick

      and our reaction, go hide under thr covers

      November 8, 2012 at 5:52 pm | Reply
  75. James

    More war is just what we need while the economy is in a death spiral. The neocons are instigating this and trying to suck Iran into war by flying drones over and near their border so they will retaliate. Then they can dupe the amerikan people once again. The sad thing is that they will probably get away with it – again. If Amerikans would just have the sense to learn what is going on and study history a bit, they would never allow this. The fascist globalists are trying to entrap Iran and here we go again.

    November 8, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Reply
    • Lagos

      Neocon's like Obama and the people he's surrounded himself with, right? Oh wait, you can't blame everything on people you don't like, can you?

      November 8, 2012 at 5:50 pm | Reply
    • Alain Ciphat

      Stop trolling James. Only a troll will misspell American with a k.

      November 8, 2012 at 5:52 pm | Reply
      • Rick

        or an Obama fan, I take it you never saw the tv series.

        November 8, 2012 at 5:57 pm |
    • JDH

      james....you thought process is"so lacking" it doesn't even warrant a response!!

      November 8, 2012 at 5:56 pm | Reply
    • Roy Ryan

      A lot of megaphonies here?

      November 8, 2012 at 6:00 pm | Reply
  76. rm32644

    You have to wonder, if the Iranians shot down a US figher jet in international air space, and killed the pilot, on Nov. 1st, and only the military knew about it, would Obama have allowed that information to go public? Based on his record, I would guess no, he would have held that information until after the election or maybe indefinitely.

    November 8, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Reply
    • usmcretired09

      Dude, get a life. We had an intel plane brought down China, on Bush watch, what do you have to say about that?????

      November 8, 2012 at 5:52 pm | Reply
      • zometimer

        hilarious how misguided these people are

        November 8, 2012 at 5:56 pm |
      • Infedel Castro

        hilarious how people are still obsessed with W.

        November 8, 2012 at 6:12 pm |
    • Rick

      with Candy's help.

      November 8, 2012 at 5:59 pm | Reply
  77. Makka

    Obama's people kept it hidden – because Obama doesn't have the guts to stand up to Iran. And the ayatollahs know it.

    November 8, 2012 at 5:41 pm | Reply
    • zometimer

      Hidden like the WMD in Iraq?

      November 8, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Reply
      • Chris

        Obama is still there looking for them. By the way, recently Syrian ambassador said he will use WMD's against the rebels. I remember a former Iraqi General saying that Saddam shipped the WMD's to Syria during the Iraq Liberation.

        November 8, 2012 at 5:54 pm |
      • Infedel Castro

        Libtards assume if you don't like Pres Islama then you love W. Haha, too brainwashed to realize they are the same guy. W=spent $ like Chuckie Sheen on a 20 yr bender and lied about Iraq/WMD's
        Pres Islama=spent $ like Chuckie AND Andy Dick on a 20 yr bender, lied about Benghazi

        November 8, 2012 at 6:09 pm |
  78. Roy Ryan

    This gets more coverage than Israels murder of an American teenager in International Waters?

    November 8, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Reply
    • zometimer

      Israel has also attcked at least one US warship in the past.

      November 8, 2012 at 5:42 pm | Reply
      • Yaspar

        The distant past. BTW, your "Mittens...rock" remark misses by a mile, and shows how intellectually bereft you are.

        November 8, 2012 at 5:59 pm |
      • Chris

        It happened in June 8, 1967, during the Six-Day War. Israel had to fight Egypt, Syria, Jordan ,Arab Expeditionary Forces, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Algeria, Libya, Kuwait, Tunisia and Sudan.

        Israeli military mistook a US ship as an Egyptian ship. Most of the Israeli soldiers came from Europe and around the world and they accidentally fired on the US ship. Investigations on both sides have shown that it was a mistake.

        In May 1968, the Israeli government paid US$3,323,500 (US$22.2 million in 2012) as full payment to the families of the 34 men killed in the attack. In March 1969, Israel paid a further $3,566,457 in compensation to the men who had been wounded. On 18 December 1980, it agreed to pay $6 million as settlement for the final U.S. bill of $17,132,709 for material damage to the Liberty itself plus 13 years' interest.

        The Iranians attacked the Drones on purpose. They know that Obama won't respond and that Obama is weak on foreign policy.

        November 8, 2012 at 6:02 pm |
      • Roy Ryan

        The USS Liberty. And that wasn't an act of war? We certainly are selective on who we want to commit acts of war against us. I suppose our drones killing children in other countries aren't considered acts of war either, at least not by neo-con zionist warmongers and thier brainwashed stooges.

        November 8, 2012 at 6:04 pm |
      • Hitman

        Liberalism is truly a mental disorder forced on students in most American schools!

        November 8, 2012 at 6:07 pm |
    • JOJO

      ????????? The landing of a UFO in Times Square didn't get much coverage either!

      November 8, 2012 at 5:45 pm | Reply
      • zometimer

        UFO nah that was mittens getting back under his rock.

        November 8, 2012 at 5:46 pm |
    • mark

      The reason it does Mohammed is because you are spreading lies. You people are so vile you tell lies about a democracy in the middle east hoping people will believe you.

      November 8, 2012 at 6:13 pm | Reply
  79. Joseph Zrnchik

    This reminds me of IR Flight 655 when the Pentagon said the USS Vincennes was in international waters, but it wasn't. It was in Iranian waters. The Pentagon then said the commericial airline transponder was turned off, but it wasn't. Then it said the plane was descending when the black box proved it was climbing steeply. Then it said the airplane was outside the commercial corridor when the black box proved it wasn't. Then the US killed 290 Iranians, many of them women and children as it blasted a commerical airliner out of the sky. Then, they gave the commander of the ship a medal and a promotion for slaughtering innocent civilians. This is my own government and I hope if it wages war on Iran it destroyes itself. I am ashamed at my government and there will only be justice when people like Bush and Obama stand trial for war crimes.

    November 8, 2012 at 5:38 pm | Reply
    • Roy Ryan

      An American with both a memory and a conscience. Rare breed.

      November 8, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Reply
    • zometimer

      Just like the wasted time, money and lives in iraq. Many of thses red state hicks live in a state of denial

      November 8, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Reply
      • Al

        Don't we still have troops there? Also troops in Afghanistan? Pretty sure Obummer said we'd be out of there by now.

        November 8, 2012 at 6:19 pm |
    • srey

      f your mutha

      November 8, 2012 at 5:50 pm | Reply
    • Sailor moe

      The Vincennes didn't just fire on the airliner out of the blue. Earlier that day, the V was south of where they had contact with the airliner. Iranian gunboats were harrassing (provoking or testing them – use what you will) for hours. Vincennes had some engineering issues, one CIWS mount down and possibly a radar issue. Vincennes traveled north out of the gunboat's operating area. So the Vincennes was still at a state of readiness although their systems were degraded. The airliner wasn't broadcasting a IFF signal. Their CO tried to make contact with the airliner a few times with no response. He acted with the information available; which was very very little.

      November 8, 2012 at 5:58 pm | Reply
    • mark

      During the Vietnam war there was a popular bumper sticker "America love it or leave it. If you are ashamed of your country get out.

      No country is perfect but I will be a loyal American until the day I die and I thank God for the freedoms that living in this nation affords me.

      You want to be ruled move to Cuba or China.

      November 8, 2012 at 6:11 pm | Reply
  80. jay

    This is what America wanted when they voted for Obama!!! do you think iran would ever have the guts to do this with a real leader?? and its funny how this wasn't released until 3 days later.. 1st Obama covers up a terrorist attack in libya which killed one who represents us and all our states! the he covers up about this. im suuure 100% sure Obama called iran to apologize. PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES THIS IS WAR! THINK ABOUT IT.. WHEN ANOTHER NATION STRIKES AMMUNITION AT ANOTHER NATION THAT IS CALLED WAR. WHERE IS OBAMA???

    November 8, 2012 at 5:38 pm | Reply
    • zometimer

      Iraq , the war for nothing, that went nowhere...

      November 8, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Reply
      • Al

        Why do you keep "talking" as if we aren't there anymore? You F ing retard, it isn't over, were still there.

        November 8, 2012 at 6:21 pm |
    • usmcretired09

      Dude, get a life. We had an intel plane brought down China, on Bush watch, what do you have to say about that???

      November 8, 2012 at 5:53 pm | Reply
    • IRani

      Obama is where he needs to be, The United States Of America. You have no right being on our Land. You whites in America are so stupid and Ignorant. The Only Thing that "White people has done is cause havoc and destruction through out the world. funny thing is, you whites have used propaganda and false accusation to lie to the american people. There is no need to take this country back, because it hasn't gone anywhere ... except forward ... toward a more perfect union where the "All-American look" is getting a little bit harder to define. If you love your country so much, why are you in Iran? Money, Power, Control, but no Respect!!!!!

      November 8, 2012 at 6:06 pm | Reply
      • Infedel Castro

        IRani sounds like most of the liberals on here. That's weird.

        November 8, 2012 at 6:26 pm |
    • photomota

      Hey Jay does it take "guts" to start a war because our spy plane got shot at? Or….maybe it would be stupidity.

      November 8, 2012 at 6:36 pm | Reply
  81. jimmydemello

    This must be the new holographic drone that projects a virtual image of itself away from the actual drone. The Iranians must have been firing at that. Guess its working.

    November 8, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Reply
  82. Tony

    The Drone was the act of war lady!
    America is no longer the good guy. Hasn't everyone figured that out yet?

    November 8, 2012 at 5:36 pm | Reply
    • Cephas

      In international waters it was not an act of war for the US but not the Iranians. And if Iranian pilots cannot hit a slow moving drone, the Israelis have nothing to worry about.

      November 8, 2012 at 5:42 pm | Reply
  83. robert

    I wonder how the US military would respond if Iran was flying drones in international waters off the north eastern coast of the USA?

    November 8, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Reply
    • Pete/Ark

      The same,up to a point...I think we might splash the damn thing ...

      November 8, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Reply
    • dug

      The drone was in international airspace bonehead.

      November 8, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Reply
  84. Fred A

    Something tells me the Communist News Network (CNN) already knew about this, but intentionally covered it up until AFTER the election.

    November 8, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Reply
    • zometimer

      Funny your here trolling the communist news network. get out of the closet, we know you like it.

      November 8, 2012 at 5:50 pm | Reply
  85. Pete/Ark

    OHHHHH-k...couldn't bring down an unmanned oversized RC toy plane? Geez, what'll they do if somebody shoots back?

    November 8, 2012 at 5:34 pm | Reply
  86. Sami

    Iran want's WAR look how close they put their country to U.S. military Bases !!!

    November 8, 2012 at 5:33 pm | Reply
    • Sly

      I know!

      And who the heck put all of our oil under their sand?

      November 8, 2012 at 5:34 pm | Reply
      • Steve in Texas

        Now THAT'S FUNNY...... hahahahahahahahah.... :-))

        November 8, 2012 at 5:51 pm |
    • dug

      Send them all to meet allah baba and we won't have to worry about them anymore. Its coming. Once we get a man in the office of the presidency and not a eunich

      November 8, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Reply
      • zometimer

        Your husband is running for president! Great news!

        November 8, 2012 at 5:52 pm |
  87. what do you lemming say about this

    next nobama will apologize

    November 8, 2012 at 5:32 pm | Reply
  88. sherrie

    'Fresh concerns'??? I'm concernded the President didn't tell us! Always the liar!

    November 8, 2012 at 5:32 pm | Reply
  89. upgradeyourmusic

    http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2012/11/20121182048162355.html

    Here is the link to a much more informative article not paid for and edited by the US Govt (see: Amber Lyon).

    November 8, 2012 at 5:31 pm | Reply
    • muse1876

      Isn't it sad that Americans believe RT and aljazeera have honest journalists. This should waken up the MSM.

      November 8, 2012 at 5:36 pm | Reply
      • Roy Ryan

        Whens the last time any of our media questioned the propaganda handed to them by the government?

        November 8, 2012 at 5:46 pm |
  90. Saeed

    Can anyone compare that with the following historical fact?

    Tehran, July 3 – On the morning of 3rd of July 1988, an Iran Air airbus passenger plane, flight number 655, took off from the port city of Bandar Abbas for a routine thrice a week flight to Dubai across the Persian Gulf with 290 passengers on board inclu ding 160 men, 73 women and 57 children.

    It was cruising unsuspecting of the dangers that lurked below. While it was still in Iranian airspace, unknown to it, an American warship had stealthily entered Iranian coastal waters. At 10.22 AM, exactly five minutes after flight's departure from Band ar Abbas, the Commander of USS Vincennes, Captain Will Rogers ordered the firing of two missiles at the Iranian passenger.

    The plane immediately exploded in mid air, splintered and crashed into the waters of the Persian Gulf. There were no survivors. All 290 passengers went to a watery grave. Among the victims of the American crime against humanity, 37 passengers were non-I ranians and were nationals of Italy, Yugoslavia, Pakistan, India and some Persian Gulf Arab states.

    November 8, 2012 at 5:31 pm | Reply
    • George

      I can not compare to it. A life is a life. That was 1988 and this is this week.

      November 8, 2012 at 5:41 pm | Reply
    • Sailor moe

      If you want "historical fact", then, describe what the Vincennes went through prior to launching two missles. The real challenge will be to describe that with out the emotionally biased language.

      November 8, 2012 at 6:02 pm | Reply
    • Infidel Castro

      NOW THE REST OF THE STORY...

      According to Captain Rogers, they were being attacked by eight Iranian gun boats. Vincennes was defending themselves from this attack when the plane was shot at with two standard missiles. Crucially, the Vincennes misidentified the Iranian Airbus as an attacking F-14 Tomcat fighter aircraft. A radio warning had been sent to the aircraft on the international air distress frequency.

      November 8, 2012 at 7:13 pm | Reply
  91. Humanity4All

    When they looked at it .. it felt like its coming right at them. they felt scared.. didnt know what to do..started pushing butttons lots of buttons.

    November 8, 2012 at 5:29 pm | Reply
  92. Sly

    Y'all loved 9/11 that much that you want them to attack again? Ok, then go ahead and start another war, but you may wish to postpone that new World Trade Center, cause it's coming down again.

    Iran is a key player that we need to negotiate and work with. They are a very westernized nation, surrounded by Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq and all sorts of unstable governments.

    Maybe we should stop sending our drones into their country each day. They don't come into our country.

    November 8, 2012 at 5:29 pm | Reply
    • American

      Good logic. Negotiate with a nation that has proven to be provocative and aggressive in the region, out of fear of being victim to another terrorist attack on domestic soil.

      RULE #1, we don't negotiate with terrorists.

      November 8, 2012 at 5:36 pm | Reply
      • Roy Ryan

        The hell we don't. I thought Israel was our ally.

        November 8, 2012 at 5:48 pm |
    • muse1876

      I will make you a deal you take all the Muslimes out of the US, and we won't send any drones over your country. But we can't control what other countries do.

      November 8, 2012 at 5:38 pm | Reply
    • Al

      International airspace is where they fired on the drone, try to keep up.

      November 8, 2012 at 6:25 pm | Reply
  93. B (Hussein) O

    Nice how CNN is so quick to post this only because team Obama released it AFTER the election

    November 8, 2012 at 5:28 pm | Reply
    • kat

      FIRST ON CNN: Iranian jets fire on U.S. drone
      uh this was on fox about 2 hours ago

      November 8, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Reply
  94. Chris Redfiled

    OOH!!! The holy officials in pentagon says this, We must trust them!! we must not question them!! we must wage war to iran. STFU idiots! If any drones fly 16 miles to america, we would have shot it down.

    November 8, 2012 at 5:23 pm | Reply
    • CoverUp

      Glad I wasn't raised weak and pathetic like you.

      November 8, 2012 at 5:31 pm | Reply
    • American

      It's so easy to tell your not an American it's humorous. So please don't try to deceive people, thanks.

      November 8, 2012 at 5:33 pm | Reply
    • Discouraged in USA

      You have lost the point Chris.. it is not the fact we would of shot their drone down.. it is the fact it was not even discussed till AFTER the election.. an increasingly Angry Iran.. would not have fit Obama's campaign strategy. So why not manipulate the American public to believe otherwise.. it worked with Bengazi why not here? Scarey.

      November 8, 2012 at 5:36 pm | Reply
  95. RD Scott

    We can all rest assured that Obama called Achmadinejad to fervently apologize for the U.S. being in International airspace.

    November 8, 2012 at 5:23 pm | Reply
    • roughman

      I call him Acho-mind-ajar...

      November 8, 2012 at 5:30 pm | Reply
  96. CoverUp

    Someone attacks an American or American property. Obama covers up. This is getting to be old hat. What is scary is this coverup was so obviously because of the election and yet the mainstream media appears set to give it a pass. If you ask me covering up terrorist attacks and attacks against America is far worse than Watergate. In its worst light you could classify it as treasonous and at a minimum a denial of important information to voters. Glad you mentioned it CNN but my gut tells me that is all you will do. It will be swept from the front page in a short time and likely never discussed again. Journalism is in such a sad state.

    November 8, 2012 at 5:23 pm | Reply
    • blisters

      it wasn't covered up. you just don't understand how these situations work.

      November 8, 2012 at 5:30 pm | Reply
    • roughman

      HOW? HOW can you call the SAVIOR OF OUR COUNTRY; our Blessed Leader obama a traitor?

      Shame, shame, shame. Everbody knows yer name...

      November 8, 2012 at 5:33 pm | Reply
    • zometimer

      Hmmm lets see.... GW buch let 4400 americans die in iraq for nothing this is what you complain about....

      November 8, 2012 at 5:38 pm | Reply
  97. Kryptonite to Stupid

    Last week?? Why were we not told???? Treasonous.

    November 8, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Reply
    • blisters

      you don't have a need to know.

      November 8, 2012 at 5:29 pm | Reply
      • roughman

        Of COURSE not! We just have a need to blindly vote for obama. Just because he is a weak-kneed, sniveling, bowing, TRAITOR must not be allowed to be an impediment to our devotions...

        November 8, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
  98. al rodriguez

    Comments not pre-screened before they are posted? Where is the one I try to post? Perhaps it would be a good idea to re-write the clause below.

    November 8, 2012 at 5:20 pm | Reply
  99. jOHN

    Not to worry Odumbo will apologize for the intrusion.

    November 8, 2012 at 5:19 pm | Reply
    • @twitter

      ...and send them several hundred billion us dollars too.

      November 8, 2012 at 5:34 pm | Reply
      • roughman

        An' mebe th' haid of a Republican INFIDEL!

        November 8, 2012 at 5:39 pm |
  100. fred

    Well at least we got some intelligence out of this encounter. Iranian pilots suck, but I guess we already knew that.

    November 8, 2012 at 5:18 pm | Reply
    • RD Scott

      They fired twice at a slow moving target and missed? I don't think Israel has that much to worry about when they attack them.

      November 8, 2012 at 5:24 pm | Reply
      • American

        It's not their pilots or air force, in general, that Israel is worried about. It's their long-range missile capabilities. Israel's AF (IAF) is by far the greatest air power in the region (ask Syria and Egypt), but even the Iron Shield missile defense system would have some trouble if missiles and mortars were falling from Gaza, Iran, and Southern Lebanon at the same time. They would have to completely wipe out Iran's return fire capabilities before possibly trying to knock out the nuclear facilities. That way, the could try to handle Gaza and Lebanon by themselves while Iran took its time regrouping.

        November 8, 2012 at 5:41 pm |
    • GermAn

      They may have intended to miss and were just mavericks having fun. But you're right if they actually wanted to hit it and missed they SUCK as pilots. The thing to remember though is that they don't have the economy to support the amount of training that the US does. So it's not the pilot's fault.

      November 8, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Reply
    • 1968billsfan

      Actually, it is hard for a 500mph fighter to hit a very slow moving airplane with aimed cannon fire because the performance envelopes of the planes are so much different. In WWII, piper cub observation spotter & liason planes usually escaped attack by 300+mph fighers by changing direction and flying low and slow.

      November 8, 2012 at 6:42 pm | Reply
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