Yes, it does matter when a drone gets shot down because that is still considered a United States government asset. Don't care if it is a drone or not.
Its bad for our defense and aerospace contracting industries, so we need war to fuel these industries. Plus,those drones cost about 180,000,000 USD.
The US military flew a drone there precisely because they knew it could be attacked without loss of life. It was a US government asset either violating a nation’s sovereign airspace or it’s ADIZ without being identified.
And as sanctions are a weapon of war, think of the economic damage done to the economy of everyday Iranians by the sanctions and how much material loss they’ve suffered as a result.
And a quick side note for you Americans, with that figure the cost of one of these drones could have paid the healthcare costs for 36’000 of your uninsured citizens for one year.
People who are investing in companies who makes these drones (e.g. General Atomics), wants war, trust me. Because that is their fuel for their revenue.
You admit military weapons manufacturers push for war? No argument from me there.
At the very least, The US just could of bombed the location or the source of the Iranian SAM with pinpoint accuracy. We have the technology to cause LESS collateral damage.
Yeah tell the hundreds of thousand of maimed and displaced in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, Yemen etc. how they should be grateful the US military causes less collateral damage than other nations.
From the Iranian’s perspective striking a defensive SAM base and killing the personnel inside is a direct attack on their sovereignty, so aren’t they justified launching an attack against the US military targets in response?