When driving a car, a sage piece of advice should always be adhered to.
If you stare at the rearview mirror long enough, you are going to hit something.
Geo-realpolitik is the same.
Apparently, our national security team is staring so intently at their failures of the last two years, that they have allowed the nation to swerve out of control, careening right into two Chinese spy balloons.
Moving at an unfathomable speed of a few miles a day, two Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) balloons have managed to blow right past our Air Defense Identification Zones (ADIZs), our land mass and cruise right into North America.
As the lead balloon, characterized as a reconnaissance spy vehicle, flies over Malmstrom AFB, Montana, the D.C.-elite-government-media-complex engages the tired old formula used to explain all their failures.
- We knew about this.
- There is no danger.
- This happens all the time.
- Nothing to see here.
The Chinese surely don’t (and won't ever) see it that way.
Their China Daily proxy, Global Times, raced ahead of the CCP Foreign Ministry statement to taunt our leaders by characterizing U.S. air defense as a "decoration."
In the utterly predictable contradiction from the Chinese, the ministry statement alluded to some meteorological research balloons blown wildy off course.
Talk about no one getting their story straight.
How could anyone possibly know that these balloons pose no threat if permitted to fly across our nation?
Maybe it's just a spy vehicle.
But — could it carry weapons?
In addition to snaping some great pictures of our nuclear missile fields, a balloon would also lend itself well to dispersing biological or chemical agents; it could carry an electromagnetic pulse weapon (EMP) or worse.
You are only limited by your creativity in the weapons game.
So why wouldn’t we shoot it down before reaching American shores?
It seems some pieces are missing in this puzzle.
Before we look away from the proverbial rearview mirror, we really should take stock of the Chinese achievements of late.
The CCP has infiltrated our institutions across the nation with intelligence assets from coast to coast including the massive influence they have built up in Washington D.C.
China is killing over 100,000 Americans a year with their fentanyl alliance with the cartels.
China threatens Taiwan and other U.S. partners and allies globally with soft coercion via their Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) predatory lending diplomacy.
Despite the administration’s thin credibility to calm the public, Americans have their eyes on the sky and what threats are out there that we are not being protected from.
Nevertheless, we must look out at the front windshield to what is ahead, based on what we have experienced.
Our lacking national security team’s anemic behavior from the fall of Kabul to a loss of air sovereignty should unify all Americans, from both sides of the aisle to look to what this threat is.
Should we anticipate that the Chinese and others will see America’s skies go the way of the Southern Border . . . wide open and crossable?
So let’s look at the threats we face in the air, land or sea and resolve to take action against the root cause; our failed national security team.
Americans must engage their elected leaders at every level, persistently demanding accountability for the threats to our well-being across a myriad of domains.
Those who raised their hands and swore an oath to "Protect and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic . . . " must be held to account for those words if they are not lived up to.
An unfortunate laptop, entangled business relationships, a congressman’s tryst with a PLA spy and more must be held up to the sunlight with all facts available as we drive to reestablish our national sovereignty.
The spy balloon (let’s hope now, that’s all that it is) is a new level in Chinese aggression in the dangerous world we face.
Americans must be unified in holding the D.C. powerful’s feet to the fire and where necessary, replace them, especially if they won’t honorably step aside.
America is reaching a Y in the road.
We the People must now decide which path we will take.
The whiz kids in D.C., that cost multi-trillions per year, or taking back our power, money and insisting on self-governance where those who go in our name hold their oaths to be sacred.
Brig. Gen. Blaine Holt (retired) is a co-founder of Restore Liberty, a former deputy representative to NATO, a lifetime member on the Council on Foreign Relations, and a Newsmax contributor. The views presented are those of the author and do not represent the views of the U.S. Government, Department of Defense, or its components. Read Gen. Holt's reports — More Here.
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