Joe Biden: Should He Resign over that Balloon from China? Well, this did not take long.
In indeed predictable fashion, Republicans are calling for President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris to resign over the recent Chinese Spy Balloon that floated over the United States last week that was ultimately shot down off the coast of South Carolina.
The idea was floated on Twitter by GOP Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., a member of the House Armed Services Committee, and someone who really doesn’t like Joe Biden.
“The catastrophic Chinese Spy Balloon spectacle clearly threatened American families from Alaska to my home community in South Carolina and confirms President Biden and Vice President Harris should resign,” Rep. Wilson stated in a recent tweet. “My call for their resignation was valid in August 2021 due to the surrender and disastrous withdrawal in Afghanistan, creating a safe haven for terrorists to attack American families.”
Joe Biden: Resign over a Baloon?
I am no fan of Joe Biden or Kamala Harris, nor did I vote for them in the 2020 Presidental Election, but something tells me they won’t take up Congressmen Wilson on his idea.
Surely the GOP will use the spy balloon incident to hit Joe Biden as hard as possible. They will say he looks weak, can’t stand up to China, has a failing foreign policy, and, perhaps, the kicker: if a Republican or Donald Trump were in office, this would have never happened.
There is, of course, one problem with that: this blue stuff has already happened before – and on Donald Trump’s watch.
What to Really Think of This Balloon?
My mentor and friend, Dr. James Holmes, has the right idea, as he stated yesterday on these very digital pages:
“Weather balloon? Spy balloon? Nope, and nope. I guess that the Chinese balloon sighted over Montana and Missouri this week – and just shot down off the coast of South Carolina by an F-22 Raptor – was a trial balloon.
Sure, it may have gathered intelligence about military doings on the surface below, but that was a mere bonus.
If I’m right, Beijing’s chief reason for floating a balloon over North America was to see whether it would elicit a response from the U.S. government and military, as well as from the American people.
And so it did, judging from the subsequent uproar in the press and on social media. Advantage: Xi Jinping & Co.
Now China will use what it learned about American psychology to sharpen its “three warfares” strategy. Three warfares refers to China’s all-consuming effort to shape the political and strategic environment in its favor by deploying legal, media, and psychological means. This is a 24/7/365 endeavor, and it’s in keeping with venerated strategic traditions.
“Sizing up a prospective foe accurately demands more than tallying up ships, planes, or tanks, or estimating industrial capacity. It involves fathoming intangibles relating to that foe’s culture and society.
Here’s how the balloon sightings may fit into China’s three-warfares offensive. Suppose you’re Beijing and you want to design strategies and tactics for deterring or coercing the United States, your major opponent. You need to find out how that opponent responds to external stimuli.
So you test its reflexes. You do zany-seeming things like sending lighter-than-air craft into U.S. airspace, in full view of people on the ground. And you gauge their response.”
I wonder how China thinks we faired? I guess we will find out.
Harry J. Kazianis (@Grecianformula) serves as President and CEO of Rogue States Project, a bipartisan national security think tank. He has held senior positions at the Center for the National Interest, the Heritage Foundation, the Potomac Foundation, and many other think tanks and academic institutions focused on defense issues. He served on the Russia task force for U.S. Presidential Candidate Senator Ted Cruz and in a similar task force in the John Hay Initiative. His ideas have been published in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, CNN, CNBC, and many other outlets across the political spectrum. He holds a graduate degree in International Relations from Harvard University and is the author of The Tao of A2/AD, a study of Chinese military modernization. Kazianis also has a background in defense journalism, having served as Editor-In-Chief at The Diplomat and Executive Editor for the National Interest.