This is not the first time the mullahs have tried to pull a fast one by faking photos of one of their missile tests. In this case, an anti-ship missile was fobbed off as a "long range" weapon despite the fact that it has a range of only 124 miles.
Seyyed Mahmoud Moussavi, Iranian Military Drills Spokesman, stated "Both missiles hit the intended targets successfully."
It turned out the missiles weren't that long range after all.
The Qhader missile, introduced in September, has a range of just 124 miles. The U.S. Navy's fifth fleet in Bahrain is 150 miles from Iran. Israel is four times farther.
"We've seen that they've photoshopped, for example, photographs of missile tests before to make it look more impressive than it actually is, so I would take all this with a grain of salt. I think this is mainly posturing. It's gamesmanship. And it's again meant to send a message that the Iranians aren't simply going to sit back while their oil is sanctioned," said Michael Singh, Washington Institute for Near East Policy.
Their leaders backed away from threats to close the strait as President Obama signed a defense spending bill on Saturday, which includes the new sanctions. It also has a national security waiver, allowing the president to withhold the sanctions if they are deemed to cause the price of oil to rise.
Singh continued "I think maybe you'll see some symbolic sanctions. Maybe you'll see some smaller measures. But are you likely to see big sanctions against Iran's main oil customers? It seems unlikely given that waiver provision that's in there."
There was some talk a few weeks ago that at least some of the captured drone's fuselage was photoshopped to cover damage to the aircraft. But this kind of stunt is getting tiresome as Iran is only fooling itself that it can defend against a determined attack by the US or Israel.