US Provides More Info on Object Shot Down Over Canada, While Chinese Play Themselves

(Jonathon Gruenke/The Daily Press via AP)

There’s now more information on the object that was shot down over Canada on Saturday by U.S. F-22s.

According to a senior U.S. official, the object appeared to be a “small metallic balloon” carrying a “tethered payload.”


As we noted, other reports had described the craft as “cylindrical,” similar to the way they described the balloon the U.S. shot down over Alaska.

The U.S. and Canada are still not saying where they think the balloon came from.

But again, they seem to have this issue of not being able to shoot it down right away since they were tracking it for more than a day by the time it was shot down in Canada. Meanwhile, that object also breached our airspace over Alaska before it was shot down, and we saw a similar slow response to the one shot down over Alaska. But the concerning information about the one over Alaska was that some pilots reported it had no visible means of propulsion and it was jamming their sensors.

The third “object” — the one for which they briefly shut down the airspace over Montana on Saturday night — may have been an anomaly. So far they haven’t found anything, they’re continuing to monitor that situation.

The only item they have identified so far as to origin was the original Chinese spy balloon they shot down off the Carolinas last week. They are working to recover the debris from the three craft shot down. So that’s four craft total, two identified as balloons.


The Chinese mocked Biden for chasing balloons and unidentified flying objects.

“The Joe Biden administration’s handling of the Chinese balloon case last week was meant to showcase the United States’ strategic strength amid fierce attacks by Republicans and the low approval ratings of U.S. official,” said an op-ed that appeared in China Daily, the country’s largest news outlet. “But instead it has shown to the world how immature and irresponsible — indeed hysterical — the U.S. has been in dealing with the case.” [….]

They claimed it was a harmless weather balloon (sure, guys).

“Less than a week after a U.S. fighter jet fired a missile and brought down a Chinese balloon, an utterly harmless civilian airship designed for meteorological use, the US shot down an unidentified object around Alaska on Friday at the order of President Joe Biden,” an op-ed in that paper said. “Stuck in typical partisanship and ‘political correctness,’ orders from the White House are getting laughably juvenile.” […]

“The U.S. did make a strong case that the F-22 is invincible, when its enemy are balloons,” it said. “Unfortunately, this is the way the US propagandizes – bragging about shooting down balloons.”

“Is US strong or weak? It looks pretty damn tough in the face of balloons, civilian airships, and other innocuous objects. But in the face of real battlefield, U.S.’ choice is to exhaust others,” it added, in an apparent reference to America’s support for Ukraine in its defense against Russia.


However, as we reported, now they’re claiming they’re chasing an “object” too, perhaps to cover their own actions and deflect blame.

But, having mocked our response, it makes them look extra ridiculous, now that they claim to be dealing with the same issue. So if they were trying to play us, they just played themselves.


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