The initial Biden administration response to the Chinese spy balloon was to cover it up. The only reason we found out about it and took action was because a Montana resident’s images of the balloon went viral.
Now it’s been confirmed that the Biden administration was never going to tell Americans the truth.
Administration officials at first hoped to conceal the balloon’s existence from the public, and from Congress, according to multiple former and current administration and congressional officials.
“Before it was spotted publicly, there was the intention to study it and let it pass over and not ever tell anyone about it,” said a former senior U.S. official briefed on the balloon incident.
Anyone being the American people.
Privately, Biden administration officials complain that the political outcry over the balloon was wildly disproportionate to any threat it posed to U.S. national security.
In their view, because China was so angered and humiliated, the damage done to the relationship between Washington and Beijing was a far graver threat to the U.S. than the balloon itself.
“It caused so many problems,” one senior administration official lamented.
The real threat wasn’t China spying on us, the real threat was the American people finding out that China was spying on us.
This forced Biden to do ‘something’ about it, shoot down China’s spy balloon, which humiliated China, and ruined our stellar relationship, which presented the real threat.
We’ve seen this same logic during the Cold War and during the Iran Deal arguments. We tend to call it appeasement. It’s effectively treason.
The argument here is that we have to accept anything our enemies do because it’s more important to maintain our relationship with them.
The end result of that is Chamberlain promising peace in our time.
When a government covers up for its enemies because it believes that its own people learning about the enemy threat is the real problem, that’s a treasonous regime that serves the interests of the enemy.