When we do it, we call it national security:
The recent crash of a U.S. spy drone inside Iran offers a glimpse at the growing secret effort by Washington to curb the nuclear program of its longtime foe, the Associated Press reports.
Iran last week released video footage of what it says is an intact unmanned aerial vehicle shot down within its territory. U.S. officials have said equipment failure was more likely to have caused the crash. Observers have expressed little surprise that the drone would be part of U.S. covert activities against the Middle Eastern state.
Tehran has previously claimed that Washington was behind computer-based strikes against Iran, along with bomb attacks that killed two nuclear scientists and injured another. Washington has countered that Iran has played a hand in the death of U.S. military personnel in Afghanistan and tried to kill the Saudi ambassador to the United States.
“It’s beginning to look like there’s a thinly veiled, increasingly violent, global cloak-and-dagger game afoot,” American Enterprise Institute military specialist Thomas Donnelly said at a recent event in Washington.
Clandestine activities in the nuclear impasse are “much bigger than people appreciate,” said former national security adviser Stephen Hadley. “But the U.S. needs to be using everything it can.”
Ahh, American exceptionalism.