The skies of the United States are under attack from a foreign adversary, and the Biden administration is doing nothing to stop it. A Chinese spy balloon has been hovering over the great state of Missouri, and Missouri GOP Sen. Eric Schmitt is demanding answers from the Department of Defense. In a letter to Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, Schmitt expressed his alarm at the “lack of transparency” from the Biden administration and called for an investigation into the matter.
The Department of Defense has confirmed that the balloon is indeed Chinese and that it is carrying surveillance gear as well as a payload. It is also known that the balloon has the ability to maneuver and that a decision was made to not shoot it down. Despite this, the Department of Defense has refused to answer questions about the balloon’s exact location, which makes it difficult to understand why the Biden Administration would allow it to violate U.S. airspace.
Schmitt pointed out that Whiteman Air Force Base, the home of the B-2 Spirit stealth bomber, is located in Missouri. According to the senator, the Chinese asset appears to have passed close to Whiteman, yet nothing was done to stop it. Schmitt is now requesting an immediate briefing for his colleagues so that they can provide constitutional oversight.
The Department of Defense has said that the balloon “has violated U.S. airspace and international law, which is unacceptable.” According to Schmitt, it would be naive not to think China is attempting to observe critical military installations across the country, including in Missouri. He is now demanding answers from President Biden, Secretary Austin, and the Biden administration.
The Pentagon has said that it considered taking down the possible threat from China, but ultimately decided against any action due to “the risk to safety and security of people on the ground from the possible debris field.” Secretary of State Antony Blinken has indefinitely postponed a planned trip to China to meet President Xi Jinping in light of the circumstances.
It is essential that the Biden administration take action to protect the United States from this foreign threat. Sen. Schmitt is calling on the Department of Defense to provide an immediate briefing for his colleagues so that they can provide constitutional oversight and ensure the safety of the American people. It is time for the Biden administration to answer why this Chinese spy balloon was not taken down before it moved deep into the United States interior, or why they continue to allow it to fly.