CONCERNING THAT CHINESE BALLOON THING…
By now you've heard all about the balloon that the Communist Chinese sent flying over the continental (Dis)United (Soviet Socialist and Utterly Woke) States last week, and all the attendant hoopla that accompanied it. Secretary of State Blinken Planken Plunken summed up the snit that the affair caused the Bai-Den Jo misadministration by huffing and puffing and blowing down the upcoming summit. Faux news, SeeBS, and other lamestream propotainment media outlets were outraged that the balloon had not been detected long before, and shot down before it was able to enter the airspace of the continental USSUWSA. The price of circus peanuts surged on the commodities markets.
The pace of discussion and theories quickly became more and more serious, as some experts weighed in to disclose that the USSUWSA - which has the world's largest nuclear arsenal in the hands of a banana republic - had not detected the balloon until someone actually saw it; other experts disputed this, producing articles that indicated the Chinese had been sending balloons over the country for a long time, and that the Bai-Den Jo misadministration had known about it all along, but just hadn't found the time to inform anyone about it, busy as they were stashing classified documents in various family bolt holes around the country and laundering financial gifts from the very same Chinese (the theory that the Chinese were using balloons to drop cash payments in brown manila security envelopes to the Bai-Dens has no evidence to back it up). Other experts wondered how the USSUWSA could put a man on the Moon in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and not shoot down a balloon, while still other experts said that this was precisely the point, and that if the USSUWSA could not shoot down a mere balloon in 2023, how could it have put a man on the Moon in 1969, &c &c.
Much of the discussion turned on what the purpose of sending balloons to this country could be. And much of this discussion mentioned, by way of an historical footnote, that the Japanese had sent balloons to this country at the end of World War Two, that were carrying bombs. The idea was to rain destruction down on the country from the relatively radar-undetectable balloons. As it turned out, they caused only one casualty, and not nearly as much of a fracas as the Chinese balloon, which caused no casualties but did cause a week-long hysteria-fest.
The theories sprouted and bred like rabbits, multiplying exponentially for every one hundred miles it travelled. The consensus appeared to be that the Chinese were spying and gathering information on our nuclear missile sites, and that the balloon was steerable and, like its Japanese forebears from World War Two, difficult to detect. By this time, of course, the Chinese Communist Party had weighed in with an explanation, putting the world on notice that its feathers were officially ruffled, that the balloon was a civilian project, and how dare the USSUWSA shoot it down? The official quickly moved on to the auction of a bridge in Brooklyn. One theory was that the Chinese were gathering data and intelligence on communications and social networks and so on.
Another theory that someone sent me, and my personal favorite - even as the circus peanut features market plummeted after it was shot down, prompting some to call for more Wall Street bailouts - was the theory that this balloon was a test run for balloons designed to carry small nuclear weapons, and that blowing one up at 65,000 feet over the USSUWSA was the ultimate object of the exercise, that would send an EMP to wipe out all that wonderful, new, and utterly worthless central bank digital currency. The Chinese, in short, were sending a clear and unmistakable message.
Every now and then a relatively more rational voice could be heard, emphasizing that the Chinese had more reliable platforms for gathering air-borne intelligence on the USSUWSA's nuclear missile sites, things like ... oh, I don't know... spy satellites that could take pictures from space and monitor communications, plus a vast network of Chinese restaurants scattered around the country which could support networks of spies and so on and so forth. Fortune cookies could be used to transmit messages via the good old fashioned tactic of a dead drop, and incriminating messages could be disposed of by simply eating them. No balloons needed.
If by now you've gathered that I'm a bit skeptical of all the hysteria that accompanied the balloon, you'd be right (and please note, I'm as skeptical of the CCP's ruffled feathers as I am of all the "explanations" and indignation coming from the USSUWSA).
So just what is going on?
Well, I strongly suspect a hint is supplied by this short article, shared by W.G.:
(And thanks to Zero Hedge for this article that appeared after I completed this blog, courtesy of V.T.: https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/chinese-spy-balloon-story-manufactured-crisis-alternative-reading )
The article, and representative Waltz, are correct, the extent of Chinese spying, and more importantly, "institution-influencing and co-option" is massive. But given its extent, why all the hoopla over a mere balloon? And why now?
I suspect there are two reasons, and the second of these is by far the most important to the desperate deep state. The first reason, though, is the Bai-Den misadministration is in massive trouble, and desperately needs to refocus attention away from its own gaffes. But the second of these reasons is, I strongly suspect, the basic reason: the Ukraine narrative is falling apart almost as fast as the Ukraine itself is. Nothing has come from the USSUWSA's meddling other than human suffering and loss, and another war that it cannot win, especially with shipments of numbers of tanks that come nowhere near the numbers needed to stop the Russians. The venture is not a war that the West can win - conventionally or otherwise - nor is it a war that is popular with the USSUWSA's dwindling allies. It is a war that, the longer it is prolonged, the more maneuvering room it gives to China. (And stop and consider, for a moment, the implications of the fact that the West cannot mount the major industrial-scale warfare that it once mounted during the World Wars... its manufacturing base is no longer there to enable it do do so. Consider also the fact that Russia is able to do so...)
In short, I suspect, and suspect quite strongly, that the balloon story is exactly that: another typical example of a dwindling bag of tricks, in this case, a trick designed to allow the USSUWSA to "pivot to China" as the "enemy de jour" .... the Ukraine and Russia did not work. It is a way of extricating the West from the mess it created in the Ukraine, and to pivot to the next big area,,,
... where it will undoubtedly make yet another colossal mess. The words of the old Tom Lehrer satirical song The MLF Lullaby come to mind: "...let's make peace the way we did in Stanleyville and Saigon."
See you on the flip side....
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