US Missile Shoots Down Chinese Spy Balloon

If you’re wondering what took them so long, yeah, we get that. Today, a US Missile shot down the Chinese spy balloon off the coast of South Carolina. The balloon had raised numerous questions about its intent and ability to gain intelligence information.  The US military hopes to recover the balloon. This comes as another Chinese spy balloon was spotted over Latin America, according to The Epoch Times.

“We’re going to take care of that,” Biden claimed. At issue is now what?

The US government initially specifically said it would not shoot down the balloon because of the danger to people on the ground and stated they had taken measures to stop the transmissions from it to China. But the damage done prior to those actions may well have been a situation that could no longer be ignored. The location where they did shoot it down was over the Atlantic Ocean and posed no threat to anyone on the ground.

Is China building the battlefield?

“I suppose there’s value in not shooting it down, but I think the risk of the Chinese thinking that they could just breach our airspace without consequences, in my view, far outweighs whatever insight we can glean from that particular balloon that we don’t know already from other sources…Satellites move, they don’t hover over a target. We don’t know what kind of sensors are in this particular balloon, but there are various types of sensors…It appears as though this particular spy balloon could be doing – and again, we don’t have that confirmed – but it could be collecting our signals intelligence . . . and it could be collecting our communications coming out of [military] targets and those facilities. With the Chinese increasing tensions and their force posture with regards to Taiwan, what they are concerned about is our response, so tracking any kind of spike in communications could indicate to them that we’re getting ready to do something.”  Rebekah Koffler, former DIA intelligence expert

Now what? With China claiming it was a “civilian research airship” (fat chance), they have to know that leaving their spy balloon hovering around our strategic military bases was unconscionable.  Their reaction will undoubtedly be hostile, but then the spy balloon itself is a hostile act.



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Faye Higbee

Faye Higbee is the columnist manager for Uncle Sam's Misguided Children. She has been writing at Conservative Firing Line since 2013 as well. She is also a published author.

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