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MOTR, Ep. 48: This Spy Balloon Caper Raised Many Ominous Questions on Security and Joe Biden

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In this image released by the U.S. Air Force, a Malmstrom Air Force Base missile maintenance team removes the upper section of an ICBM at a Montana missile site. An Air Force security
In this image released by the U.S. Air Force, a Malmstrom Air Force Base missile maintenance team removes the upper section of an ICBM at a Montana missile site. (AP Photo/U.S. Air Force, John Parie)
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This Chinese spy balloon story has understandably captured the attention of Americans in recent days. It’s new, bizarre, and unexpected.

My RedState colleagues have written about it eight ways to Sunday here, here, and here, among many other posts. I commend them all.

A particularly startling one came from my colleague Susie Moore on a GOP report tying the deadly COVID outbreak and its devastating mortality and economic impacts to China’s bio-weapons program.

What if the balloon’s capsule, which the Pentagon only saw as a falling danger, contained a bomb or deadly pathogen? And the military allowed it to float to its assigned target?

Joe Biden and his spokespeople claim he’s being incredibly transparent on this incident that reveals immense national security gaps, if by incredibly transparent you mean incredibly opaque.

The first rule of public crisis management is to get in front of it. That means you pour out as much information as humanly possible, maybe even more. Answer every question with so much patience and information that no one can digest it all.

This stifles the energy behind seditious and unhelpful rumors that you then must spend even more time shooting down. But you can’t ever get to them all or catch up with the false ones that get away. It’s a mess.

That’s what we have now. And those are the questions I address here in this week’s Episode No. 48.

This week’s column dealt with China’s spy balloon, the stunningly passive reaction by Joe Biden, and what appears to be defiance and/or diffidence by Pentagon officials over the commander-in-chief’s order to shoot down the drifting intruder:

China’s Spy Balloon Is About Much More Than Biden or the Pentagon Admit

The most recent audio commentary, No. 47, examined the issues bothering Americans the most these days. The survey, which was taken before the balloon incident, shows that our list of top concerns has changed, which surprised me.

*I mentioned Prof. Irwin Corey during this week’s commentary. And I promised to include a link for those who don’t remember the King of Word Salads, even before Kamala Harris. Here’s the link.

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