Thursday, November 8, 2012

Calm Down Iran

When John Stewart made an offhand joke about the first one to 270 electoral votes winning the right to bomb Iran, I laughed.  Now I'm realizing it may not be that funny.

The Pentagon has just announced that Iran shot at one of our predator drones over international airspace.

A MQ-1 Predator unmanned aircraft in an undated photo. REUTERS/U.S. Air Force

According to the report they made a couple passes and missed both times, but all evidence suggests they could easily have shot down the unarmed drone without much difficulty.

Up until now, Iran has been content to push back on the political stage, but with the addition of military threat   I fear for the future.

What if they had hit the drone, intentionally or not? How would the US have responded.  Worse yet, this happened Nov. 1.  What if the news had slipped before the election? Would we have a different president?

This should serve as a reminder of how precarious our place in the world is.  This is not a time to exaggerate problems and oversimplify solutions.

I hope Obama knows what he's doing.

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