"We have asked for it back — we'll see how the Iranians respond," the President told reporters at the time.
It goes without saying that the Iranians mockingly rebuffed and rejected Obama's's plea.
However, the President might ultimately get his December 2011 Christmas wish after all..., well, sort of........
As I noted in my previous post via the AP:
Iran’s state TV on Wednesday broadcast footage of an aircraft it says is a replica of a U.S. stealth drone captured in 2011... Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, head of the aerospace division of the elite Revolutionary Guard, said Iran will build at least two or three such drones before the end of the current Iranian calendar year, which falls on March 20, and will mass produce it next year...Incidentally, it should be noted that, unlike the US version of the RQ-170 drone, which was produced and used exclusively for reconnaissance and spying operations, the Iranian version, according to Gen. Hajizadeh, has the capability to conduct both reconnaissance and bombing missions.
"We will use it for both missions," Gen. Hajizadeh said.
But what about the President Obama's 2011 Christmas wish for the US drone to be returned?
Well, here's what Gen. Hajizadeh had to say on the matter: "We will not extradite the US RQ-170 drone since it is a trophy, but if the US sanctions against Iran are lifted, maybe we will give the US an Iranian model of the drone."
I'm not 100% certain whether Gen. Hajizadeh intends to gift Obama with a fake, toy model of the captured drone, or a real drone, an Iranian version of the US drone. I assume Gen. Hajizadeh was referring to a fake, toy model of the drone.
It is worthy to note that, in January of 2012, an Iranian company announced its intention to send President Obama a toy replica of the captured US drone, 1/80th the size of the real drone. The aforementioned company said at the time that toy copies of the drone, bearing the inscription "We will trample the U.S," would be sold in Iranian stores for 4 or 5 dollars.
It was reportedly a group of Iranian youths that decided to produce and sell the toy.
Whether Gen. Hajizadeh would send President Obama a toy, model replica of the drone or a real drone - a genuine replica of the captured US drone - is not clear to me. Either way, Obama would receive his long, overdue 2011 Christmas wish [well, sort of, lol] - thanks to his good friend, Gen. Hajizadeh, aka the Iranian Santa Claus.
Merry Christmas Mr. President...............