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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Iranian jet buzzes USS Eisenhower

Can someone explain to me why they didn't just shoot it down?
A U.S. military official says the Navy had a close encounter with an Iranian surveillance jet last week in the Gulf of Oman.

The official says the jet buzzed a Navy aircraft carrier, the USS Eisenhower, coming within about 1,000 yards of the ship. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter, said the April 21 incident occurred in international waters.

The jet was described as a maritime patrol aircraft generally used for surveillance.

The official says "there was nothing threatening about the aircraft itself or how it presented itself."

The official could not confirm reports by NBC and CBS that the jet made three passes over the Navy ship.


At 10:47 PM, Blogger nomatter said...

Shooting them down would have caused international incident.

I would assume had they come close enough they would have gotten shot down.

Iran is baiting us.

At 11:24 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

It would have endangered the Obami's "engagement" bid with Iran - for which endangering the lives of US sailors and airmen is a small price to pay.

Never mind that Iran is still at war with the Great Satan.

At 12:01 AM, Blogger Chrysler 300M said...

Husain Barak is firmly and actively aiding Iran

At 1:10 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

Hi Carl.
I would say just baiting and checking their rediness and taking photo's to make a detailed intell report.
But i agree they shouldn't let them come so close.
Sooner or later Iran will try to close the Persian strait.


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