Trump on Drone: 'I Find It Hard to Believe It Was Intentional' - Page 2

President says a rogue commander is likely to blame, rather than top leaders
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 20, 2019 11:05 AM CDT
Updated Jun 20, 2019 1:57 PM CDT

  • The drone: It's an RQ-4A Global Hawk drone, which runs about $100 million, reports the Washington Post. It has no weapons, but the surveillance drone has high-tech sensors and can fly at 55,000 feet for more than a day.
  • Oil prices surge: Oil jumped 6% amid the new unrest amid worries about the world's supply, per CNBC.
  • More context: Another US drone was shot down June 6 over Yemen, also with an Iranian connection. Houthi rebels took down the MQ-9 Reaper, but those forces are allied with Iran. US Central Command also says that Iran fired a missile at another MQ-9 drone on June 13 over the Gulf of Oman, but it missed the drone.
  • Another front: The aforementioned Houthi rebels launched a rocket at a desalination plant in Saudi Arabia, which is allied with the US and an archenemy of Iran, reports the AP.
  • A criticism: At the Atlantic, Peter Beinart writes that US national security adviser John Bolton is trying to "goad" Iran into war, with help from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. "Now that they have succeeded in provoking Tehran into violating the nuclear deal and, perhaps, interfering with commercial shipping, they're pretending they had nothing to do with any of this. ... For more than a century, this false innocence has been a feature of every unprovoked American war. And it is this false innocence that Americans must relentlessly challenge if they wish to avoid war with Iran now."
  • Counter-view: At the conservative Power Line blog, Scott Johnson writes that Iran is "asking for it." The drone incident "presents President Trump with a variety of what he must view as unpalatable options," he writes. "Iran is, as they say, asking for it. Will the president give it to them?"
(Read more Iran stories.)

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