The outrage over the Chinese spy balloon passing over America would never have happened if the Biden administration had anything to say about it.
US authorities were well aware of the unidentified object that had entered American airspace on Jan. 28, that had then left and re-entered over North Idaho on Tuesday. But with such a high-profile trip at stake, keeping it on the down-low was key.
The trip refers to Secretary of State Blinken’s appeasement field trip to China.
The Biden administration knew it had to exercise extreme caution especially in what was a heated political environment ahead of 2024 elections, with Republicans agitating on which party could strike a harder or tougher line on China.
Party before country. Always.
The president ultimately decided to let the balloon continue on its way as the US sought answers from the Chinese embassy in Washington, but they struggled to obtain satisfactory responses.
What response were they expecting? Weakness invites aggression.
For now, the White House opted not to inform the American public. Events, however, soon forced Biden’s hand.
On Thursday afternoon, the Billings Gazette, a local Montana paper, published a photo of the balloon – meaning it was only a matter of time until national media would pick up on the report and the Biden administration would have to face questions.
The only reason China didn’t get away with it is that it the story made it into the local media. That force Biden’s hand and led to the balloon being shot down.
Next time around, Biden’s people make take precautions to see it that does not.