In recent news, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) has criticized President Joe Biden over his handling of a suspected Chinese spy balloon which flew over the United States for several days. The balloon’s flight path was a diagonal shot right through the middle of the United States, and Rubio believes there was a message embedded in it. He believes that the balloon was a way for China to send a message to the world that America can’t do anything to stop them. In this blog post, we’ll explore the controversy surrounding the balloon, the message it may have been sending, and the implications of this incident.
The controversy began when President Joe Biden waited for the suspected Chinese spy balloon to leave the continental United States before shooting it down, for safety reasons. This prompted outrage from many Republicans, including Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, who said that the President should have shot it down earlier. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said that shooting it down while over land posed an undue risk to people across a wide area due to the size and altitude of the balloon and its surveillance payload.
Senator Rubio, who is the vice chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, believes that the U.S. should have been able to track the slow-moving balloon. He also believes that the Chinese were aware that the balloon would be spotted and that they chose to fly it over military installations and sensitive sites as a way to send a message to the world. Rubio believes that the message was that America can do whatever it wants, and America can’t do anything to stop them.
The Pentagon has said that they know of the Chinese doing this at least four other times, previously once at the beginning of the Biden administration, three times during the Trump administration. However, Rubio believes that the message behind this incident was different than the other incidents. He believes that the Chinese chose this time to send a message that America can’t do anything to stop them, especially with the upcoming State of the Union address and Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s visit to China.
The Chinese spy balloon incident has caused a great deal of controversy, with both Republicans and Democrats expressing their outrage. Senator Marco Rubio believes that the Chinese chose this time to send a message that America can’t do anything to stop them. The Pentagon has said that they know of the Chinese doing this at least four other times, but Rubio believes that the message behind this incident was different. Only time will tell what information, if any, the Chinese were able to glean from the balloon’s journey and what implications this incident will have in the future.