By Reed Cooper. Media: DC Enquirer.
Note: This article may contain commentary reflecting the author’s opinion.
As the American people pay attention to a suspected Chinese spy balloon being shot down by a U.S. military fighter aircraft on Saturday after floating across the whole United States, it has been revealed that this has all been made possible by President Joe Biden.
In 2018, 45th President Donald Trump put in place a program that identified and prosecuted Chinese threats to national security just like the Chinese spy balloon.
In February 2022, The Biden administration ended Trump’s program, named the “China Initiative,” because it was called racist by Asian-American groups.
“We helped give rise to a harmful perception that the department applies a lower standard to investigate and prosecute criminal conduct related to that country or that we in some way view people with racial, ethnic, or family ties to China differently,” Biden’s Assistant Attorney General in charge of the National Security Division, Matt Olsen, said.
In a post shared by Justin Cap, the “@MagaIncWarRoom” account on Twitter wrote, “President Trump created a task force within the DOJ to combat Chinese Espionage in our country. Joe Biden shut down that task force. Let that sink in.”
When asked if the U.S. government will ever shoot down the surveillance aircraft, after letting the balloon float across the entire country, Biden said, “We’re gonna take care of it.”
As soon as news broke of the creepy Chinese spy balloon, which Beijing claims was accidentally sent here, Trump reacted immediately. He posted on his booming social media platform, Truth Social, to “Shoot down the balloon.”
Pentagon spokesperson Air Force Brig. Gen. Patrick Ryder told reporters, “It is big enough that again in reviewing our approach that we do recognize that any potential debris field would be significant and potentially civilian injuries, or deaths, or significant property damage, so again this is part of our calculus in terms of our overall assessment.”
“In my opinion, though the details are murky and we haven’t yet sat down with the intelligence community and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs [Gen. Mark Milley], we should have shot it down,” Republican Chairman Mike Gallagher, who leads a select committee focused on China, said.
“And I don’t think the Chinese would hesitate to shoot down an American asset in their airspace, as they have shot down several of our U2 planes in the past,” he added.