The three unidentified objects the U.S. military shot out of North American airspace last week using six-figure missiles were “most likely” instruments owned by private research and recreation organizations for scientific purposes, President Joe Biden told reporters during a press conference on Thursday.
According to Biden, the U.S. government is still uncertain about what these objects are and what they were used to do, which is why crews are working to uncover the downed objects’ debris.
“We don’t yet know exactly what these three objects were,” Biden admitted. “But nothing, nothing, right now suggests they were related to China’s spy balloon program or they were surveillance vehicles from other any other country.”
Despite the objects’ seemingly innocuous purposes, Biden bragged that if “any object presents a threat to the safety and security of the American people, I will take it down.”
But what about objects that aren’t classified by Biden, his advisers, or anyone else in the intelligence-military complex as a “threat to the safety and security of the American people?” That’s what happened with the Chinese spy balloon.
Unnamed bureaucrats repeatedly assured Americans that the Chinese spy balloon, which was clearly equipped with “multiple antennas” that were “likely capable of collecting and geo-locating communications” for “intelligence surveillance” above some of the nation’s most sensitive locations, did not “pose a military or physical threat.” The Biden administration used that unsourced claim as justification to wait to take out the enemy device until it had made its way across the entire continental U.S.
The Pentagon repeated similar assurances about the next three unidentified flying objects that were discovered hovering over North America days later.
“These objects don’t present a military threat to anyone on the ground,” Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said.
But the objects were quickly fired out of the sky with missiles that cost $400,000 each because officials claimed the UFOs were a hazard to commercial aircraft.
How is it that the U.S. military, informed by intelligence agencies and commanded by Biden, scrambled to shoot down objects that officials clearly said didn’t pose a threat to U.S. national security, but wouldn’t shoot down an object launched by the United States’s top foreign adversary?
To recap, Biden said no one can definitively state what these objects were used for, but then said they are probably weather balloon lookalikes. The Pentagon said these UFOs weren’t a threat to national security, but then shot them down anyway. Meanwhile, the real threat, Red China’s espionage device, didn’t get blown out of the sky and sunk below the waves in the Atlantic Ocean until more than a week after it was detected.
None of Biden’s justifications for quickly shooting down weather balloons but not the Chinese spy balloon make sense, but Biden still insisted Americans should be proud of him.
“We shot it down, sending a clear message, clear message: the violation of our sovereignty is unacceptable. We will act to protect our country and we did,” Biden said.
The president brushed off questions about his own major conflicts of interest. Independent journalists have documented multiple Biden family members accepting millions from foreign officials throughout Joe Biden’s time in high-level government positions. Some of the largest of these national-security-implicating payments to Bidens have come from Chinese Communist Party officials, according to journalist Peter Schweizer and former Biden family business partners.
Biden said his job as president and commander-in-chief is to “always act to protect the interest of the American people and the security of the American people,” but Americans aren’t going to buy that when he can’t articulate why he rushed to shoot down a potentially friendly research device yet waited days to go after a hostile one.
Jordan Boyd is a staff writer at The Federalist and co-producer of The Federalist Radio Hour. Her work has also been featured in The Daily Wire, Fox News, and RealClearPolitics. Jordan graduated from Baylor University where she majored in political science and minored in journalism. Follow her on Twitter @jordanboydtx.
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[By: Jordan Boyd