How could they have made such a catastrophic mistake?
A top U.S. general has revealed that the Pentagon had not previously detected any Chinese spy balloons that had been flying in U.S. airspace. This statement came after both former President Trump and his administration denied the allegations that there had been at least three instances during his administration where such balloons had infiltrated the country’s airspace.
Gen. Glen VanHerck, the head of U.S. Northern Command, on Monday revealed that the Defense Department had not previously detected any such balloons and that it was the intelligence community that had informed them of the existence of the surveillance aircraft.
VanHerck had told reporters that they had not been the ones to detect the threats, and as mentioned in a previous briefing it had been the intelligence community that had informed them of the balloons reaching the U.S.
Following the briefing regarding the Chinese surveillance aircraft on Wednesday, President Biden ordered for the aircraft to be destroyed as swiftly as possible. Military officials though maintained that the debris might have injured others in the area. The balloon was eventually shot down on Saturday off the coast of South Carolina. Following the aircraft being brought down, agents are now working to bring in as much material from the aircraft as possible back.
The retrieval effort is hopefully going to provide further insight into what the aircraft’s actual purpose was.