UPDATE: U.S. military's Central Command calls shoot-down of Navy drone 'unprovoked attack on a U.S. surveillance asset in international airspace,' statement rejects Iranian claims American drone flew over Iranian airspace
— Lucas Tomlinson (@LucasFoxNews) June 20, 2019
Is there a ‘President Eisehower face-palm’ gif out there somewhere?…
Whoa. Significant escalation. MQ-9 Reaper shootdown wasn't nothing, but that's a $15m aircraft–we've got hundreds of 'em. RQ-4 is an $130m+ aircraft–size of a civilian airliner, packed with recon sensors, a much more valuable asset. https://t.co/fzLxB1M61Y
— Rick Berger (@bergerrichard) June 20, 2019
There's no captured pilot. There's no rescue mission required. No grieving family.
It's a f***ing robot. Shooting it down is the geopolitical equivalent of someone keying your car. Let it the f*** go.
— Zeddy (@Zeddary) June 20, 2019
AP: Russian President Vladimir Putin is warning the U.S. against using force on Iran, saying it would have catastrophic consequences.
— Jesse Rodriguez (@JesseRodriguez) June 20, 2019
A rare case where Trump’s narcissism & lack of any coherent ideology, policy agenda, or world view is to our advantage. As dumb as he started out as & as addled as he is now, still a decent chance even he grasps what everyone but zealots grasp: War w Iran would be catastrophic. https://t.co/klng749ZRI
— Dana Houle (@DanaHoule) June 20, 2019
Trump said it is documented that the US drone was over international waters. He added it would have made a big difference if the drone was manned.
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) June 20, 2019
The US claims the drone Iran shot down in the Strait of Hormuz was over international waters; Iran says the drone was flying over its territory. Here is one possible explanation for how the same fact pattern could fit both interpretations ?? https://t.co/pRUNKZfh83 pic.twitter.com/C3DXTszSyU
— Colin Kahl (@ColinKahl) June 20, 2019
Strictly in an academic sense, I am kind of impressed by the creativity. On the other hand, I’m also mindful that these sorts of assets are really expensive AND blinding an enemy is something you would also try to do before an attack. So it’s still destabilizing.
— Paul Musgrave (@profmusgrave) June 20, 2019
It’s telling that they’re acknowledging deterrence has broken down. Because I remember a time when they were claiming the opposite. https://t.co/w7VTgO6u19
— Daniel W. Drezner (@dandrezner) June 20, 2019
Lindsay Graham has never seen a war he wasn’t willing to get with. He’s the guy hanging out at bar time waiting to go home with any war who will let him. Tom Cotton is his equally drunk wingman.
— Mustafa Redonkulous (@mredonkulous) June 20, 2019
There. Is. Always. A. Tweet. https://t.co/loRQKIixmh
— Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) June 20, 2019