But it would just be an embarrassment if it did no damage and got shot down.Yeah, but the purpose of an attack isn't to actually do damage, it would be for internal consumption. MQ-9 nice and cheap, no personnel risk, no significant technology loss if captured.
Ah, but who would be the witness? China says no damage done, Trump says mission accomplished. Again, who would Americans believe? Look at Indians, they stilll believe they shot down an F16...But it would just be an embarrassment if it did no damage and got shot down.