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Well this headline from Tehran pretty much says it all: "Obama Begs Iran to Give Him Back His Toy Plane." The story doesn't get much better for our American pride:
US President Obama is hoping that the Iranian government is in a Christmas mood because he has asked Tehran to send him his Christmas present back.
We are still wondering how he shamelessly asked Tehran to give the US back the stealth drone which had violated the Iranian airspace for espionage.
"We have asked for it back. We'll see how the Iranians respond," Obama said following a meeting at the White House with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.
Obama's comments were the first official confirmation that the United States had asked for the return of the RQ-70 drone that was downed by Iran over a week ago.
During the last ten days, Pentagon and State Department officials have repeatedly said they were unaware of any efforts by the American government to contact Iran to have the drone returned to the US.
Speaking later in the afternoon US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said she was doubtful the US would get its "equipment" back.
What an embarrassment. The mightiest military power in the world going hat in hand to an aggressive terror state and asking like the little orphan Oliver to please get our "toy plane" back. Subjected to the mockery of madmen as a result, our diplomatic strength and standing takes another blow.
A senior commander of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) said on Sunday that Iran would not send the drone back.
"This is not only an intelligence victory for us, but a defeat for our enemies," the commander said.
Obama did not say how US officials asked Iran to return the drone, since there are no diplomatic relations between the two countries.
When added to the America Sucks World Apology Tour from early in his term, I suppose this is all part of Barack Obama's grand strategy of making us "more respected in the world." And might I be the first to say, it's going very, very well.