By Sterling Mosley. Media: DC Enquirer.
Note: This article may contain commentary reflecting the author’s opinion.
On Thursday, President Biden finally addressed the nation about the multiple unidentified objects that flew into U.S. and Canadian airspace last week and were subsequently shot down by the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD).
Over the past two weeks, NORAD has intercepted four various objects throughout North America. The first, the infamous Chinese spy balloon, was shot down off the coast of South Carolina last Saturday. The second object was shot down over the waters of northern Alaska on Friday. The third was intercepted over the Yukon territory of Canada on Saturday and a fourth object was shot down over Lake Huron while in Canadian airspace on Sunday.
As of this report, the U.S. military has yet to recover the debris of the three objects shot down.
Biden began his speech by revealing that the three objects shot down by F-22s were likely civilian or business-related aerial vehicles such as weather balloons or research craft.
“I want to be clear, we don’t have any evidence that there has been a sudden increase in objects in the sky,” Biden said, adding that he has directed his team to put forth better rules to identify and assess unidentified objects.
“But make no mistake, if any object presents a danger to the American people, I will take it down,” Biden remarked. The 80-year-old then said that he will establish a better inventory of airborne objects above U.S. airspace. Additionally, he has directed the U.S. military to improve its measures to identify these objects and the president stated that his administration would establish common global norms in “this largely unregulated space.”
Biden then went on to explain his reasoning for waiting to shoot down the Chinese spy balloon that was intercepted over the coast of South Carolina nearly two weeks ago, arguing that the military was able to protect sensitive sites in its flight path while preventing potential harm to Americans if it had been taken out over land.
The president then explained that the United States put restrictions on six firms that supply the Chinese aerospace industry thus indirectly punishing China for its incursion into American airspace.
“We are not looking for a new Cold War,” Biden said adding that the U.S. and China need to maintain open communication adding that he will be speaking with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
President Biden did not take questions from members of the press.