The recent reports of Chinese spy balloons hovering over the United States have raised many criticisms from Republicans and President Donald Trump’s former administration about current President Joe Biden’s lack of action. While the balloons have been present in recent years, intelligence only recently suggested that some were off Virginia’s coast, leading to President Biden taking action to shoot them down with a fighter jet. However, some recent reports suggest that these same surveillance balloons were present during Trump’s presidency as well, but he has never presented an opportunity to shoot them down.
This new information raises many questions about how long these Chinese reconnaissance balloons have been present in the US and why there haven’t been any preventive measures taken before now. These questions are especially important considering the implications of such a threat to our security and safety. The presence of any foreign air force in US airspace without prior authorization is concerning, let alone one that is equipped with jamming systems and capable of gathering data on US military operations or even potentially compromising sensitive information.
It is true that these occurrences happened under both administrations; however, it is unclear why neither one took more decisive action sooner to prevent possible espionage activities. Was it a lack of knowledge? Or was something else at play? These are all valid questions that must be considered and answered if we are going to effectively address this issue moving forward.
Although it appears President Biden acted quickly when he received intel regarding the surveillance balloon off VA’s coast, Republicans and members of Trump’s former admin continue to criticize him for not acting quicker when it came to responding to this threat. They argue that if the similar activity had gone unaddressed during Trump’s term, then no doubt similar activity could happen again under Biden’s current term as well—and yet there has still been no real attempt by either president at preventing future occurrences or adequate dealing with past ones.
Given this new information, it is clear there needs to be a stronger response from both presidents so that events like this can be addressed swiftly and efficiently in order for us to better protect our country from threats such as foreign surveillance activities and espionage tactics—both now and in the future.