Posted BY: Brian Parsons

“I never said, ‘I want to be alone.’ I only said ‘I want to be let alone!’ There is all the difference.” ― Greta Garbo

On February 2, Americans were treated to the spectacle of a giant balloon floating over Montana wilderness that would go on to traverse the entire length of the United States.  Of Chinese origin, this giant balloon was loaded with what appeared to be potential reconnaissance or communications equipment.  Depending on what side of the political aisle observers were on, there was one of two responses from the public: First, shoot it down.  We don’t appreciate foreign adversaries using espionage tools or potential weapons overhead.  Second, Biden did the right thing by ensuring it was over open waters before dispatching it.  It’s normal, they flew over during the Trump administration as well.

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For myself, I fall squarely into the shoot-it-down camp. There is something intrusive about a foreign object the width of several school buses entering my personal space that demands a decisive response.

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