It’s remarkable how easy it is to rile up the American public. The latest bit of theatrics centers around a “communist” balloon that is either a spy device or a weather balloon that has drifted off course. Either way, this thing isn’t some sort of major threat to America.
Even so, it can be used as clickbait.
That’s right, the commies may use the balloon to poison us, never mind how ludicrous this is on its face.
First, allow me to dispel a myth. The government in China is not communist. It is, at best, authoritarian crony capitalism. Marx would be appalled. His idea was to do away with capitalism.
Ms. Greene seems to have a problem with physics.
Business Insider explains:
Attempting to take out the high-altitude balloon with the air defense systems the US has is "very difficult," it's hard to engage it with fighter aircraft, and shooting it down also risks injuries and fatalities on the ground, explained Brynn Tannehill, a former naval aviator and senior technical analyst at the RAND Corporation think tank.
For instance, the fifth-generation F-22 Raptor cash cow has a maximum operating altitude of 50,000 feet. It is reported the ominous balloon is currently at 60,000 feet or above.
OK, so why not shoot a missile at the damn thing? Well, that would be extremely difficult. The USG military's air-to-air missiles are not designed to operate at that altitude, primarily because the wings, fins, and tail cannot work effectively.
Moreover, according to a naval aviator, both surface-to-air and air-to-air missiles “aren't designed to attack balloons because balloons don’t look like the kind of valid targets that they were designed to attack… They look more like a cloud or (anti-radar) chaff, and modern missiles are designed to ignore chaff.”
The corporate media, however, ain’t letting this one go. According to the Babylon Bee, Biden has surrendered to the commies.
Here we have a grandstanding senator (a common trait of narcissistic “public servants”) from Missouri. Eric Schmitt demands our tax dollars must be squandered on an “investigation” of the nefarious commie balloon. It’s another example of the endless, pointless, and wasteful partisan politics of the USG.
Speaking of narcissistic grandstanders. Here’s one who can’t seem to keep his mouth shut, even though opening it in the past has cost him millions of dollars. Well, at least Xi and the commies won’t take him to court for speaking his mind, which in the past was a cherished right of all Americans. Now it’s considered an excuse for white supremacists.
Here we have yet another privileged blue checker pining for Trump. Earlier today, Trump suggested F-16s should cruise over China—you know, to just send a message that you don’t mess with the exceptional nation.
It should be noted that Terrence K. Williams is a comedian, so maybe we should cut him some slack.
Twitter is an inexhaustible source of ridiculous demands that the balloon must be shot down pronto (few seem interested in investigating the feasibility of this stupid idea). I could post more examples, but what is the point?
The Chinese balloon is yet another distraction. It’s fear porn aimed at the ignorant.
Finally, in Ukraine, the possibility of nuclear war grows more likely with each passing day.
Pay no attention to the tens of thousands of satellites and spy drones we have blanketing the earth– the Chinese have …a balloon. Be afraid!
Besides, government/media spread implausible absurdities 24/7 such that a balloon off course is the most plausible thing I’ve heard in months