After a profound several days of speculation and social media salivating, we may finally have an inkling of an answer as to what the United States Air Force has been shooting out of the skies all over North America.
Obviously, the first major incident appears to indeed be a Chinese spy balloon, which the White House had been tracking since before it was airborne but refused to engage until it was out over the Atlantic Ocean, having traversed the continent already.
But then came a number of further incidents, over Lake Huron, the Yukon, and more. As for the identity of those objects, we still don’t know what they are or where they came from, but the Biden administration appears to believe they know where they are not from.
U.S. President Joe Biden said three unmanned aerial objects that were shot down over the weekend by the U.S. military were “most likely tied to private companies, recreation or research institutions,” and were not connected to the massive Chinese surveillance balloon that was shot down on Feb. 4.
“We don’t yet know what these three objects were, but nothing right now suggests that they were related to China’s spy balloon program or that they were surveillance vehicles from any other country,” Biden said at the White House.
The remarks came after days of mounting pressure from both Democrats and Republicans in Congress, who said the American people deserved to hear from the president exactly what the administration knew about the spy balloon and why Biden later ordered three more floating objects shot down by American fighter jets.
As for why there has been a rash of incidents of late:
The president explained that in the wake of the Chinese balloon, American military defense radars raised their sensitivity levels “to pick up more slow-moving objects above our country and around the world.”
“In doing so, they tracked three unidentified objects, in Alaska, Canada and over Lake Huron in the Midwest,” he said.
“I gave the order to take down these three objects due to hazards to civilian commercial air traffic, and because we could not rule out the surveillance risk over sensitive facilities,” said Biden.
Biden’s choice to specifically single out China as not being involved will certainly raise eyebrows among Americans, who’ve long suspected that the the President and his family have a soft spot for Beijing.
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