Iran Fires upon a U.S Drone by Troy Stechmann

1 Dec

Last Thursday a United States drone was flying in international waters off the coast of Iran. The Pentagon says the drone was on a routine flight but the details remain classified. During its flight the drone was attacked by two Iranian fighter jets. The jets fired upon the drone but they missed every shot and the drone flew back to base safely. The Pentagon is still unsure if the jets purposely missed or not. The real reason to as of why Iran flew into international waters and attacked an Untied States drone has not been clarified. In my opinion the decision to send fighter jets to attack an unarmed drone is completely uncalled for and unwarranted. An attack in international waters is an act of war. The United States has still yet to decide how they are going to respond to this attack. But I do not believe that the United States will go to war over a small event like this. Iran said that they took “decisive” action against the drone. I do not understand the reasoning behind Iran’s action because they willingly risked going to war over a drone flying in international waters. There must have been something the drone was looking at the Iran obviously did not want the United States to see. There has to be more detail about why the drone was there and what it was looking at. The pentagon says the drone was unarmed but if it was armed would we of shot back at the Iranian jets? If we did I could see the present tension between the United States and Iran only worsening. Ultimately I find Iran’s action of sending two fighter jets to attack an unarmed drone completely unnecessary and simply outrageous. Iran risked going to war with the United States over a drone, which was flying in international waters. Now I do not think that even if the drone was shot down that the United States would go to war just because of our current progress of leaving the Middle East.

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4 Responses to “Iran Fires upon a U.S Drone by Troy Stechmann”

  1. Ruben Gomez December 2, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    Troy,
    I am not sure either why the fighter jets attacked a U.S drone. The only thing I can think of is that the U.S drone was “spying” on one of thier nuclear sites or something along those lines, but you need to see evidence from both sides of the story to make any accusations. Nice essay.
    -Ruben

  2. Julianne Lockhart December 2, 2012 at 10:48 pm #

    This was an interesting topic and I thought it was well-written, aside from a few grammatical errors. I think that does seem pretty suspicious and should be looked into, but it’s definitely not worth going to war over.

    • Scott Guyer December 3, 2012 at 1:25 am #

      Thought it was fun to read it keep me interested. Also i think its pretty weird that they would send two jets just for drone over international waters. I think the U.S. should be very suspicious of there activity. It must be something they dont want us to see.

  3. bridgetbulosan December 3, 2012 at 2:28 am #

    Troy Stechmann,

    Try to organize your thoughts and analysis in multiple paragraphs rather than one big paragraph. I agree with your thesis of not going to war over this minor incident. Luckily no one was hurt and no drones were destroyed or else more money would be spent into creating another one.

    Bridget Bulosan

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