Do we finally have an explanation for why the Biden administration has been so tight-lipped about the unidentified flying object shot down over Lake Huron?
It wasn’t until Thursday that the president finally addressed the matter, providing essentially no details as to what was intercepted and downed four days prior. That was in stark contrast to the incessant bragging about the downing of a Chinese spy balloon off the coast of South Carolina.
So why all the secrecy? The answer seems to be that the truth is incredibly embarrassing.
JUST IN – A small, globe-trotting balloon declared “missing in action” by an Illinois-based hobbyist club on Feb. 15 has emerged as a candidate to explain one of objects shot down by U.S. fighter jets – Aviation Week pic.twitter.com/pxbjMGK4ot
— Insider Paper (@TheInsiderPaper) February 16, 2023
RIP to the Northern Illinois Bottlecap Balloon Brigade’s ~$80 ham radio transmitter balloon, likely the victim of friendly fire by a $143,000,000 USAF F-22 firing a $485,000 AIM-9X Sidewinder missile during the Great Balloon Panic of 2023. https://t.co/4gyy91I1Jv
— Peter Meijer (@RepMeijer) February 17, 2023
So let me get this straight. The United States Air Force wasted nearly $1,000,000 in AIM-9X missiles to down what looks to be a trash bag with a radio attached to it. Never mind the cost to scramble the jets themselves. And they did that because the Biden administration was desperate to save face after looking pathetically weak in dealing with the original Chinese spy balloon?
What an absolute clown show. Truly, this country is run by the most unimpressive people imaginable. No wonder the F-16 that fired on the object missed the first time. It was the size of a beanbag chair. This also makes Chuck Schumer and others who said these were more spy balloons look ridiculous. What intelligence were they going off of when they made their statements? Because if it existed, it wasn’t any good.
At the moment these objects were revealed to be tiny balloons of no consequence, they should have been left alone or downed with guns. Instead, it appears that the administration wanted to look tough so they blew a bunch of your tax money to shoot down a piece of plastic. It’d be comical if it wasn’t so sad.
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