By Ann Wright
The Iranian military shot down a US spy drone yesterday. The US says the drone, a $22 million RQ-4A Global Hawk was in international airspace.
Iran said the drone was over Iranian airspace. Are we looking into "Scenario Fulfillment?"
Global Hawk surveillance drone. US Air Force photo
In a 2000 BBC documentary titled "The Other Lockerbie," and in an M.I.T. study of the Flight 655 shoot-down, U.S. government officials stated in a written answer that they believed the shoot down of Iran Air 655 may have been caused by a simultaneous psychological condition among the eighteen bridge crew of Vincennes, called "scenario fulfillment", which is said to occur when persons are under pressure. US officials said that In such a situation, the men will carry out a training scenario, believing it to be reality while ignoring sensory information that contradicts the scenario. In the case of this incident, the training scenario was an attack by a lone military aircraft when in fact, in reality, the aircraft was a civilian passenger plane on a regularly scheduled flight.
Let's hope Bolton and Pompeo's "scenario fulfillment" does not lead the White House to further military confrontation, much less an attack on Iran.
About the Author: Ann Wright served 29 years in the U.S. Army/Army Reserves and retired as a Colonel. She was a U.S. diplomat for 16 years and worked in U.S. Embassies in Nicaragua, Grenada, Somalia, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Sierra Leone, Micronesia, Afghanistan and Mongolia. She resigned from the U.S. Government in March 2003 in opposition to the U.S. war on Iraq. She is the co-author of “Dissent: Voices of Conscience.”