(HorizonPost.com) – The Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Michael McCaul (R-Texas) has described the damage that was caused by the President’s decision to allow a Chinese spy balloon to cross the United States. First spotted over Montana, the device was shot down over the Eastern Seaboard some four days later. McCaul said it had passed over three nuclear sites on its journey and that it had done “a lot of damage.” The balloon drifted through the sky and passed over the Triad site in Montana where air, land, and sea nuclear weapons are stored. It also floated above the Omaha Strategic Command site, a place so secretive and sensitive that President Bush was taken there on 9/11. Finally, as it drifted toward the east coast, it passed a B-2 bomber site in Missouri.
China insists the balloon was not intended for spying but was a meteorological device that had blown off course. The communist country said America was showing unnecessary aggression by shooting it down. Since this apparatus was taken down, the US military has blasted three more out of the sky in a matter of only days.
The Biden administration has announced a task force to investigate the objects. National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said the aim is to learn about the devices and to examine how the nation responded and what changes need to be made to improve responses in the future. Bruce McClintock, the head of RAND Corporation’s Space Enterprise Initiative, said the military may have “over-corrected” in shooting down the three objects since the Chinese spy balloon, and there will likely be increased surveillance in the future that will lead to similar instances.
Meanwhile, in Ukraine, President Volodymyr Zelensky said his military has destroyed six Russian spy balloons over the capital city Kyiv. Ukrainian air force spokesperson Yuriy Ihnat said the purpose of those devices was possibly to “detect and exhaust” Ukrainian air defenses.
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