Those who find issue with President Joe Biden have a myriad of complaints, certainly, but there is a common one among them: His reluctance to lead.
To be fair, Biden was reluctant to run for office in the first place. Reports now state that he was badgered by Republican Mitt Romney to take a chance to beat Donald Trump, and it is obvious from the Democratic Party’s marketing of him that the entire idea was to make politics boring again. To return the status quo to the seat of power.
Then, when Biden got into office, he was even more reluctant. The border crisis is still simmering unabated. Inflation appears to be here to stay for a while longer. A recession is right around the corner.
And then, pointedly, there’s the example from last week in which the President allowed a Chinese spy balloon to drift nearly the entire length of our country unmolested before finally and thankfully shooting it down over the ocean near the Carolinas.
Upon recovery of the balloon, some of our worst fears were realized.
The Chinese spy balloon shot down by the U.S. military over the Atlantic Ocean was capable of collecting communications signals and was part of a fleet of surveillance balloons directed by the Chinese military that had flown over more than 40 countries across five continents, the State Department said Thursday.
The United States used high resolution imagery from U-2 flybys to determine the balloon’s capabilities, the department said in a written announcement, adding that the balloon’s equipment “was clearly for intelligence surveillance and inconsistent with the equipment onboard weather balloons.”
The high tech device was designed for espionage, pure and simple.
The agency said the balloon had multiple antennas in an array that was “likely capable of collecting and geo-locating communications.” Solar panels on the machine were large enough to produce power to operate “multiple active intelligence collection sensors,” the department said.
The Department of Defense appears to now be going on the offensive.
“The United States will also explore taking action against P.R.C. entities linked to the P.L.A. that supported the balloon’s incursion into U.S. airspace,” the State Department said, referring to the People’s Republic of China. “We will also look at broader efforts to expose and address the P.R.C.’s larger surveillance activities that pose a threat to our national security, and to our allies and partners.”
The revelation regarding the balloon’s capabilities will certainly raise more questions about President Biden’s reticence to destroy it sooner.
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