Yesterday I was reminded of what is a hilarious compliment to Iran’s missile test photoshopping that I heard about last year, but had forgotten. It bears repeating now just so everybody notices a pattern of behavior that should make us incredibily skeptical of anything that comes out of…well, just about any news agency.

If you missed it, last August there was a story posted on the Islamic Republic News Agency website entitled: Enemy can by no means attack Iran: Air Force Commander

Do not mess with the mighty Iranian Air Force!

As evidence of Iran’s awesome air prowess, the story was (and is… it’s still posted) accompanied by an intimidating photo of Iranian warplanes during an exercise:

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Here’s a larger photo showing more detail.

Now… here’s a picture of the underside of one of the United States Air Force’s Thunderbirds:

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I’m sure if we were to ask the Islamic Republic News Agency about the picture, they’d say, “We used that picture to demonstrate the kind of planes that would be shot down by Iran’s superior Air Force!”

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