It was a dangerous and embarrassing situation for the United States. A Chinese spy balloon was allowed to travel across the entire country before it was shot down by the U.S. military. President Joe Biden has tried to take a victory lap after the incident, but the damage has already been done. Many questions remain unanswered and the American people deserve answers.
On January 28th, U.S. officials were reportedly “well aware” that the Chinese spy balloon had crossed into American airspace, but decided not to inform the public to not upend Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s diplomatic trip to China. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said that the spy ballon was sent to the U.S. “in an attempt to surveil strategic sites in the continental United States.”
Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) said that Biden should have taken out the balloon much sooner “over remote areas of Alaska or Montana.” House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Mark Greene (R-NC) said that it was “indefensible that this threat was eliminated only after great public outcry and the damage to U.S. national security and American sovereignty was already done.” House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) said that Biden should have “taken care of this before it became a national security threat.”
Sen. Eric Schmitt (R-MO) said that while he was glad the U.S. military shot down the spy balloon, “the damage has already been done.” Rep. Mike Waltz (R-FL) called the ordeal “an abysmal security failure by Biden.” Some Democrats, including Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-MI), were not happy about the incident, saying that “the Chinese government’s incursion into our airspace is unacceptable & we need to treat it as such.”
The Chinese spy balloon incident has caused a lot of controversy and confusion. President Biden has tried to take a victory lap, but the damage has already been done. Many questions remain unanswered and the American people deserve answers. What was the decision-making process that allowed the Chinese spy balloon to travel across the entire country before it was shot down? How will the Biden Administration ensure that this never happens again? These questions must be answered in order to protect American interests and ensure that the United States is not seen as weak on the global stage.