By lex, on December 7th, 2011
The USG finally finds a border worth respecting:
U.S. officials considered conducting a covert mission inside Iran to retrieve or destroy a stealth drone that crashed late last week, but ultimately concluded such a secret operation wasn’t worth the risk of provoking a more explosive clash with Tehran, a U.S. official said.
The officials considered various options for retrieving the wreckage of the RQ-170 drone.
Under one plan, a team would be sent to retrieve the aircraft. U.S. officials considered both sending in a team of American commandos based in Afghanistan as well as using allied agents inside Iran to hunt down the downed aircraft.
Another option would have had a team sneak in to blow up the remaining pieces of the drone. A third option would have been to destroy the wreckage with an airstrike.
However, the officials worried that any option for retrieving or destroying the drone would have risked discovery by Iran.
A handful of SOF crossing from Afghanistan to Iran might have bumped into any number of Iranian special operatives going the other way. We couldn’t have that. A stealth bomber or a Predator could have been in and out, likely before anyone had noticed. There are any number of things going “boom” in Iran these days. And there is a balance due on Iran’s slate for murdering US citizens and military personnel throughout the years.
I guess it’s good that I’m not in charge.