Biden ordered a Chinese spy balloon shot down over the Atlantic
In the last week, the nation was gripped by the biggest ballooning story since 2009’s “Balloon Boy.” A mysterious balloon flew across the nation and was first sighted over Idaho. It soon emerged that it originated in China and was said to be policing the country. It became known as the “Chinese Spy Balloon”. It even caused a minor international incident. But on Saturday, just hours after President Joe Biden vowed to “take care of it,” the balloon met its maker over the South Carolina coast.
acc The Associated Press, Luftwaffe fighter jets shot down the balloon Saturday afternoon as it made its way across the Atlantic. Before the operation came into play, the FAA closed the airspace while the Coast Guard urged sailors to evacuate the area, warning that the operation could pose a “significant hazard.” The launch of the balloon was recorded live on Fox News, which happened to have a program on the air.
Fox News is broadcasting live footage of the Chinese spy balloon descending after being launched.
“First of all, well done!” General Jack Keane exclaims as he watches it float down. pic.twitter.com/QYkxQhJpNf
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) February 4, 2023
There were many other videos of it from different angles.
Biden was first briefed on the balloon on Tuesday and initially spoke of taking it out at the time. Pentagon officials advised otherwise, arguing that it posed a potential risk to local people. They said it was better to wait until the balloon was over the Atlantic.
During its tour of the United States, the balloon made a diagonal path from Idaho to the Carolinas, where it perished. Before it was shot down, it was the size of three school buses and typically flew about 60,000 above the ground.
The balloon’s appearance over America prompted US Secretary of State Antony Blinken to cancel a visit to Beijing. China denied it was a spy balloon, claiming it was made by civilians for meteorological research. Numerous people on the right had ruthless suggestions for how to handle the balloon, including Fox News anchor Jesse Watters, who urged regular Joes to shoot it down. Fortunately, cooler heads have prevailed.
(Above The AP)
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