The proof that Iran is up to no good just keeps on coming in.
Yesterday, CNN reported that an Iranian military observation aircraft buzzed an American Seahawk helicopter, coming within 50 yards. An a former USAF helicopter pilot, I can tell you this is an extremely dangerous maneuver. When two aircraft are that close, even a strong gust of wind can cause a mid-air collision.
An Iranian military observation aircraft flew within 50 yards of an armed U.S. Navy helicopter over the Persian Gulf this month, sparking concern that top Iranian commanders might not be in full control of local forces, CNN has learned.
An MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter approaches the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson in November 2014.
The incident, which has not been publicly disclosed, troubled U.S. military officials because the unsafe maneuver could have triggered a serious incident.
It also surprised U.S. commanders because in recent months Iranian forces have conducted exercises and operations in the region in a professional manner, one U.S. military official told CNN.
The incident took place as the U.S. and other world powers meet with Iran in Switzerland to negotiate a deal limiting Tehran’s nuclear program. At the same time, Iran has been active in supporting proxies in several hotspots in the Persian Gulf and neighboring regions.
The Navy MH-60R armed helicopter was flying from the deck of the USS Carl Vinson on a routine patrol in international airspace, the official said.
An unarmed Iranian observation Y-12 aircraft approached. The Iranian aircraft made two passes at the helicopter, coming within 50 yards, before the helicopter moved off, according to the official.
The White House would have you, the American people, Israel, and the world believe that Iran’s nuclear intentions are peaceful and that we all have nothing to worry about regarding Iran’s geopolitical agenda. I beg to differ. Just like the Iranian Supreme Leader saying “Death to America” recently, this incident shows they cannot be trusted and are anything but an ally in the Middle East for the United States.
No, they are our adversary.
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I suppose President Obama will write this one off as intended for Iran’s domestic audience as well.
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