The Chinese “spy balloon” is in the drink. Military action taken by The Permanent State, at the request of a reluctant regime, came ten days too late to prevent the ChiComs from hoovering up more than enough information to dent our national security — and it came only because we, the People, could watch China violate our national sovereignty, as it happened.
I don’t have much more to say about the affair, really. It doesn’t teach us anything about China’s motives, or the ineptitude of the ruling regime and our military elite. It only served to confirm what we already knew — that you and I are on our own.
And that holds true despite what a bloviating Pentagon said after the shootdown:
“Today’s deliberate and lawful action demonstrates that [Doctor Dementia] and his national security team will always put the safety and security of the American people first while responding effectively to the PRC’s unacceptable violation of our sovereignty.”
Without a doubt, we’re on our own out here. There’s clearly no connection between the feds and nation they’re bound by law to guard.
And like I said, we knew that.
Something that did strike me, I guess, was the repeated characterization of a lighter-than-air craft — a high-altitude balloon, that is — as “archaic” and “low-tech,” and therefore not an immediately serious threat. That’s unwise, in my opinion, a colossal mistake.
Never mind the obvious surveillance capabilities. That it’s perceived as quaint and innocuous — not only by the masses, but apparently also by America’s military brain trust — is its greatest advantage. Such a balloon is the perfect Trojan Horse, especially when it’s flown into the airspace of a country that doesn’t value its own sovereignty.
China knew exactly what it was doing.
Now suppose that this balloon’s payload had been, by some definition, kinetic, and that it had remained under the control of the PRC throughout the flight. It’s entirely plausible that the craft could’ve carried a relatively small microwave generator or a larger nuclear device designed to produce an EMP.
A weapon like that could’ve been detonated remotely — or, as a fail-safe, it may have been equipped with an altitude trigger in the event that it escaped Chinese control or was shot down.
The squeamish among us would point to that as justification for downing it over the Atlantic off South Carolina. A clearer focus on national security and geopolitics, however, wouldn’t’ve hesitated to neutralize it much sooner — over land — and accept potential losses.
We’ve known for decades that China has (and has tested) these capabilities. America itself was tested this week — leadership, courage, command, resolve and priorities — and it failed.
I’ll leave you with one other observation today. To set the table, here’s something the current occupant of the Oval Office said last month:
“If you need to worry about taking on the federal government, you need some F-15s. You don’t need an AR-15.”
Yeah, I know, Daffy’s a demented dumbass and that’s a threat. He’s saying that we, the People, and our quaint, low-tech small arms are no match for the State’s war machine.
Stay with me here.
In a head-to-head engagement, China’s balloon loses to an F-22 and a Sidewinder missile every single time. But the asymmetry is apparent only because this scenario played out as long as it did. Beyond exposing its adversary’s incompetence, this particular “archaic” craft didn’t use all of its advantages — this time.
If it had, the PRC could’ve disabled a whole squadron of Raptors. Or the entire wing of B2s at Whiteman AFB. Or command-and-control infrastructure for much of America’s land-based nuclear arsenal. With a balloon.
The outcome of a seemingly obvious mismatch isn’t guaranteed. Our own Founders weren’t afraid to pit “embattled farmers” against the world’s most powerful military — they used asymmetry to their advantage, along with the Brits’ own overconfidence.
Doctor Dementia’s bluster about F-15s is laughable. It reflects the same arrogance, complacency and outright ignorance that allowed a Chinese “spy balloon” to traipse through sovereign skies over the American Heartland for days.
The incident also comes with lessons for Patriots. I hope I don’t have to draw you a picture.
Take care of yourselves, Patriots. Stay calm. Stay sharp. Stay free.