Balloon seen in sky, it cannot be spy;
Secret to sly eyes, lies and farce fly high.
Cost billions to shoot, condom burst and fall;
Gall and awe rain down, feel tall on the haul.
Not a weather brawl, watch up whims of war;
Bore to the core, when sore, attack your shore.
Drifted by the wind, balloon lost control;
Civil use by all, eagle lost it’s soul.
Drama takes days to propagate and play;
Story is blown up, the world laugh and pray.
Fools in bard’s tales, idiots versus wise;
High price to react, steal device, not nice.
World is in turmoil, tantrum to get way;
Astray is decay, tune to others’ say.
A metrological balloon was drifted by the wind, and blown from north western China to Alaska, Canada and then America. The United States was aware of it on the 28th January 2023, and alerted the Chinese, and the Chinese government was aware. The balloon was at a height of 50,000 m , and slowly fall to 20,00 m, over the days. The story then changes, the civil becomes political and military, spying on US., the device is not equipped. (The Chinese has very efficient space station, and there are better ways for them to spy.)Then the pentagon ordered F22 to shoot it down, until the balloon is drifted to the sea. Fancy spending more than 380 B USD to shoot down a metrological balloon costing USD 1200(RMB 8000). How smart that could be, just for media or propaganda value.
To qualify as a “spy”, it must be concealed, not openly seen or known. It must be hostile , or there are dangerous chemical or gases hidden.
Many thanks for the pictures copy-pasted from the web.
Making a mountain out of a molehill, all for political manouvre, adding unfounded allegations to derogatory smear campaign.
The Chicago Convention Air space height was 4500 m, but balloons were flying at 60,000 m . US did not shoot down at Alaska, but allowed it to drift. Moreover, US military often intruded into Chinese Air and water space, for it claimed it had the Right. However, it was admitted not a spy balloon, but a metrological one. The sad thing was Le Le, Panda, died just a day or two ago. US said it was due to skin disease, but it was malnourished. And the relationship gets complicated. Most importantly US plays dual roles on many issues, the oral and deeds often differ. The world shivers when elephants fight.