Republicans late Thursday tore into President Biden after
the Pentagon announced the discovery of a suspected Chinese
surveillance balloon that has been hovering over the U.S.
for the last few days, and some blamed the incident on Biden’s
weak foreign policy.
"How on Earth is Beijing Biden allowing a CCP military balloon
to fly freely over Montana?" tweeted Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz.
"Biden is a feckless commander in chief."
The balloon’s discovery was announced just days before Secretary
of State Antony Blinken was set to meet with Chinese President
Xi Jinping, and Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., said that meeting should
be scrapped in light of the discovery.
"Secretary Blinken should cancel his trip to China," Cotton
tweeted. "And President Biden must answer why he has not
secured U.S. airspace."
. . .
OK ... while it's NOT good to have Chinese spy balloons
hovering over us let's admit that they WOULD be extremely
hard to SPOT. Minimal radar/thermal sig plus there are
lots of civvie and weather balloons in the air every
day too. In short you just CAN'T micromanage a zillion
cubic miles of air for balloons 24/7/365.
Oh, and a balloon might possibly carry ONE short-range
rocket with a tac-nuke - but there's no POINT to one
little rocket. Passive signals intel is the better
use for such things.
So, while it LOOKS bad ... sorry, just nothin' much
to DO about it other than bitch at China.
Oh, if they cause THAT much political disruption then
NK will start sending dozens of them a month just to
stir things up :-)