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robomatic BS: US war with Iran begins (227* d) RE: BS: US war with Iran begins 11 Jan 20

Did they really write 'buried the lede'? That should put the entire quotation in doubt.

Actually, the U.S. Administration has said more than once that the target was actively involved in terror attacks. I am NOT saying that it's true. I am saying that your (Mossy) 'lead' is not accurate. Maybe you want to go into full-on Trump tactics like Backwoodsy who is going on to incorporate the tragic and admitted Iranian shootdown of the Ukrainian airliner to the account of Trump. I suppose it is considered fair to use Trump tactics on Trump, but the end result is to render oneself unbelievable. Is it really worth it to sacrifice rationality for hate to deliver a thread barb?

Which brings me to what I was hoping not to have to return to, but Iran has been rather impressive in coming around to admitting it shot down Ukrainian Flight PS752. I remember the shooting down of Iran Air Flight 655 by the USS Vincennes and the obfuscation that ensued on the part of the United States civilian and military authorities. It was at least as bad as the recent Iranian progression of: "it was a mechanical failure, it was an engine failure, terrorism has been ruled out" to the current admission of "our military made a mistake". I think they recognized that if the evidence was out, and much of it could not be covered up, they might as well face it. Afterwards they can spin it as Backwoodsy is doing above. It is more mature behavior than obvious fabrications backed up by stolid indifference such as Putin has exhibited with Siberian Flight 1812 (shot down by Ukrainian forces) and Malaysian Flight 17 (shot down by Russian forces).

In the case of the USS Vincennes shooting down Iran Air Flight 655 it is a confession that the U.S. military could not tell what they were shooting at. I don't know what the Iranians will end up with, but clearly they did not know either. More accurately, I don't think they knew, because I can't imagine why it would be in their interest to take it out knowingly.

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