The U.S. military has taken a bold stance against foreign aggression, shooting down a suspected Chinese surveillance balloon that had been transiting across the country for several days. This incident has sparked a flurry of questions and speculation over the balloon’s purpose and why the U.S. decided to take such drastic action.

On Saturday, the Federal Aviation Administration issued a ground stop in parts of North Carolina and South Carolina and closed additional airspace to support the Department of Defense in a national security effort. President Joe Biden also broke his silence about the balloon, telling a group of reporters, “We’re going to take care of it.”

The balloon was initially spotted over Billings, Montana, on Wednesday. Defense officials said the Pentagon considered shooting down the balloon earlier this week but decided against it after briefing Biden. The decision was made in consultation with senior leaders, including Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin.

China’s Foreign Ministry said Friday that the balloon was a civilian weather airship intended for scientific research that was blown off course. This claim was summarily dismissed by U.S. officials. A senior Pentagon official told reporters Thursday night that the object was clearly a surveillance balloon that was flying over sensitive sites to collect intelligence.

The presence of the balloon prompted U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken to indefinitely postpone what was to be an already tense trip to China on Friday. This incident is a clear violation of U.S. sovereignty and international law, and a reminder of the importance of protecting our homeland from foreign aggression.

The U.S. military has made it clear that it will not tolerate any violations of its sovereignty, and it is reassuring to know that our leaders are taking the necessary steps to protect us from any potential threats. The incident serves as a reminder that we must remain vigilant in the face of foreign aggression and ensure that we are taking the necessary steps to protect our nation.