What did Joe Biden know about China Spy Balloon-gate and when did he know it?
“What did the president know, and when did he know it?”
That was the question posed to Richard Nixon during the Watergate scandal in the 1970s. The presumption, of course, was that the 37th president knew more about the outrageous activities than he let on. And, of course, Nixon was eventually forced out of office because of Watergate.
Today I would like to ask Joe Biden the same question about the China Spy Balloon-gate scandal. OOf course, the Chinese spy balloon affair is much more serious than the Watergate break-in because it potentially affects the safety and well-being of 335 million Americans.
Yes, President Biden finally oversaw the downing of the spy balloon on Saturday, but only after spending days hovering over the landmass of the United States, from Alaska to South Carolina. Is this the right way to handle an intrusion of a rival or even antagonistic superpower? Should we let their surveillance machines cross our country and only deal with them After they finished their american tour?
Important questions need answers. So, without further ado, here are ten questions for the 46th president:
1. Mr. President, Bloomberg News reports that your administration first became aware of the balloon on January 28. And yet, the public only learned about it six days later, on February 2, when The Billings Gazette published amateur video of the balloon in the sky. Only then did it become big international news. Why this delay in awareness? Was it a cover-up? And is it true, as Bloomberg News suggests, that your administration sat on the balloon news so as not to disrupt Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s now-postponed trip to Beijing? As Bloomberg puts it, “with such a high-profile trip on the line, keeping it low was key.” Is that how your team viewed the ball incident? As a story to keep on the down-low? And if so, why ? The Chinese were aware of the ball, why not the Americans?
2. We know that the Liberals often pride themselves on preferring negotiation to confrontation. And of course, your senior climate envoy, John Kerry, has argued that the most important global issue is engaging with China on climate change. Indeed, you yourself have used the phrase “existential threat” many times when it comes to climate change – a blunt phrase you’ve never used about China. So, has your administration’s desire to work with China on the “existential threat” of climate change affected your position on the spy balloon? Have these concerns – as you define them, the fate of the planet – made you feel like you need to slow down your reaction to this Chinese aggression? Could this explain why you let the spy balloon hover over US airspace for a week?
3. Donald Trump said: “shoot the ball down”. Interestingly, your fellow Democrat Leon Panetta, who served as Defense Secretary with you in the Obama administration, said the same thing. Were Trump and Panetta right? Can we say that you followed their example?
4. Bloomberg News also reports, “In an effort to keep things calm, administration officials stressed that this is not the first such incident and that similar activity has been seen in recent years. , including under the previous administration. Owhat exactly is being said here? Are your anonymous media informants saying that an earlier balloon flew over the United States and the Trump administration did nothing? That’s quite an assertion! Would your people confirm this statement under oath while testifying before Congress?
5. As a follow-up, Chad Wolf, the former acting Secretary of Homeland Security in the Trump administration, declared“Bottom line, a Chinese spy balloon would NEVER happen under an America First administrator.” Is Wolf wrong? Is he misinformed about his own administration?
6. If it East In the event that Chinese surveillance balloons flew over or even approached the United States prior to your administration, could you please describe the security policies you put in place once you took your functions and that you were aware of them? OWere these policies followed in the case of this particular spy balloon? Is it the policy, for example, to let the balloon enter US airspace and fly across the country before acting? And on Saturday afternoon, you indicated that you had given the order on February 1 to shoot down the balloon while it was above water rather than on land. This statement would seem to suggest the existence of a substantial written record of your executive decision-making. Would you be willing to open up all of these deliberations to the relevant congressional oversight committees? And maybe also to the public?
And as a follow up, sir, House Armed Services Committee Chairman Rep. Mike Rogers (R-AL) declared, “Clearly the Biden administration had hoped to hide this national security failure from Congress and the American people.” He suggests that you only chose to shoot down the spy balloon after its existence became known. Is Rep. Rogers wrong? If so, are you prepared to release the documents to bolster your claim that he is wrong? Such full disclosure would surely be the best way to convince the public that you didn’t just cave to the pressure once the ball intrusion became known.
7. Bloomberg News further notes, in an article credited to a total of six of its reporters, “The Biden administration knew it had to exercise extreme caution, especially in what was a heated political environment ahead of the election. of 2024, with Republicans waving over which party might strike a harder or tougher line on China. East This how do you see the question of the Chinese spy balloon? As a political affair? As a source of potential vulnerability in your eventual re-election campaign? If applicable, Has worry about 2024 affected your actions on the spy balloon?
8. Did the $54.6 million in donations from sources in China that flowed into your “think tank,” the Penn Biden Center, affect your thinking about China? Or the thought of your Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who was the former CEO of the Penn Biden Center when he scooped up all that money from communist China? And do you have anything to tell us about the influence of your son Hunter Biden’s many and varied Chinese business partners? In fact, do you have anything to tell us about the $31 million your family members earned in five business deals with individuals who have direct ties to the highest levels of the Chinese intelligence apparatus?
9. We are now seeing reports of a second Chinese spy balloon flying over South America. What will the US do if this balloon also enters US airspace? Or do you plan to stop it this time Before does it enter US airspace? Will you, and how will you, let China know that this is unacceptable in any case and at any time? Will you state a comprehensive policy on such incursions?
ten. It was reported that the Chinese spy balloon deliberately avoided Russian airspace, suggesting that the People’s Republic of China had strict control over the spy balloon and used that control to avoid doing anything to upset the Russians. . Why do you think the Chinese have chosen to treat America differently? And speaking of Russia, what will the United States do if the Russians send a spy balloon? Or the North Koreans? Or the Iranians? Will you let such spy balloons fly over the nation first and only SO shoot them down? OWhat if it is another type of aircraft or spacecraft? And what new defense systems might we need to deal with this threat?
So, those are my ten questions about the spy balloon. Thank you in advance, Mr. President, for your full and complete answers!
Oh, and one last thing, sir.
You were in the US Senate during the Watergate scandal, so you probably remember the famous question: “What did the president know, and when did he know it?”
In the same vein, I’d like to ask you about all the classified documents that keep popping up at the Penn Biden Center, in your home and elsewhere. And sir, with all due respect, if you don’t mind, I’d like your answers. under oath.