A Chinese spy balloon has been spotted in the skies over the United States. The balloon was over the US state of Montana for the past few days. According to various reports, Biden gave orders to shoot it down, but the Pentagon (U.S. Department of Defense) objected.
It is possible that the objection was out of a desire to take control of the balloon, or out of an unwillingness to further deteriorate relations with China and that shooting down the balloon would give China “justification” to attack American spy devices, which are largely deployed throughout the South China Sea, over which China claims possession and sovereignty.
Anyway, the giant balloon is still floating in U.S. skies, and it has already been reported that there is one over Canada, and of course this increases tensions between the U.S. and China launching spy devices over sovereign U.S. territory.
China was slow to deny and responded to the U.S. accusations with a vague statement that “we are investigating this issue.”
The Pentagon issued a statement saying that it was indeed tracking the balloon, and information from Flight Radar, a website that tracks flights around the world, clearly shows the movement of special American spy planes in close proximity to the balloon. The U.S. House of Representatives urged Biden to act quickly and decisively against the balloon.
Although, according to senior U.S. officials, this is not the first time a Chinese balloon has penetrated the United States, in the past balloons have arrived for shorter periods of time, but now it appears that the balloon is intended to stay for long periods. The U.S. has expressed concern that it will come close to strategic locations because Montana, as well as neighboring states, are home to nuclear intercontinental missile bases as well as nuclear bomber bases. U.S. law enforcement officials have said they are preparing for this and are working to ensure that the balloon cannot gather strategic information.
A balloon has advantages over a satellite. It moves at a much lower altitude and can collect a lot of information that is difficult for a satellite to get, also a balloon is capable of moving, changing its altitude and using winds to change its position, whereas spy satellites usually move in a fixed orbit or are regularly over a certain point — a geostationary satellite — such as satellites that locate missile launches.
In the Gulf War, the U.S. used DSP satellites, which are geostationary satellites, and they gave warning of missile launches toward Israel.
It is possible that the balloon is collecting information on radar systems, communications systems, etc. There is a chance, however small, that it is a balloon that has lost control, etc. It’s possible that if the US can land it (rather than shoot it down, taking the risk of damage and possibly putting human lives at risk) — they could do so, and be able to get a lot of information out of it.
The balloon flight (which was most likely done on purpose) is part of a provocation between the superpowers.
“When you see nations fighting each other, look toward the feet of Mashiach.”
After Saturday, tensions over the Chinese spy balloon persist. China now claims that it was a civil balloon and that it was a glitch caused by technical troubles. The U.S. probably does not believe this explanation. Biden announced that the balloon would be taken care of, and Secretary of State Anthony Blinken postponed his trip to China.
Meanwhile, the Pentagon spotted another Chinese balloon — over Latin American countries [not the U.S. itself].
As I’ve written before, there have been other balloons flying in the past, but this is the first time we’re talking about a long term mission on a regular basis, which includes flying over strategic targets, so it looks like America is taking it more seriously this time.
As Saturday ended, a U.S. fighter jet shot down a Chinese spy balloon near the coast of South Carolina.