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Shoot the Balloon, MISS the Target!


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In the world of the Chinese Communist Party’s “Unlimited Warfare,” nothing is what it appears to be.

The “spy balloon” hitting the news today could very well be a red herring to divert attention from much more serious issues. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) knows that they can use bright, shiny objects to distract the U.S. from the stealth war going on right under our noses.

The CCP knows that they can use bright, shiny objects to distract the U.S. from the stealth war going on right under our noses

The world inherited the maxim “all warfare is based upon deception” from the Chinese classic, The Art of War, written in the 5th century B.C. Yet, somehow, many in the United States—including some top intelligence officials—seem unaware that this foundational 7,000-year-old warfare strategy is alive and well today as the modus operandi of Chinese Statecraft.

The Chinese have studied us and they know how we think. To defeat them, we must understand how they think.

Artwork by Kelly J. Walker

Distraction

The U.S. Congress is finally turning its focus onto investigating the CCP with the new House Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the U.S. Government and the House Select Committee on China. These important working groups will turn the focus where it needs to be, internal: rooting out the infiltration of our government, financial institutions, academia, entertainment, and more by the CCP.

The weaponization of the U.S. justice system by the CCP presents a clear and present danger that must be addressed with all urgency

The CCP is deeply embedded in our government, legal system, and culture, and as former Brigadier General Robert Spaulding said, we must “decouple from China…get them out of our economic, political, academic and natural systems and begin to reinvest in our own citizens…”

The weaponization of the U.S. justice system by the CCP presents a clear and present danger that must be addressed with all urgency. The CCP has been using lawfare as a weapon to destroy our nation, abusing our own legal system to carry out their agendas. A primary objective of this lawfare has been to silence whistleblowers who have been exposing the crimes and espionage of embedded CCP agents, as well as law firms and individuals who have been bribed or extorted into cooperation.

Billionaire anti-CCP dissident, Miles Guo, has been the target of illicit schemes to extradite him, which have included criminal espionage and extortion within the DOJ, SEC, and U.S. Courts—all because, as someone who has operated among the CCP elite, he has the evidence to implicate and expose them.

According to Guo, Xi Jinping’s most respected advisors communicated to him the nature of the CCP’s “unrestricted warfare,” and he refers to it by the acronym, “BGY.” Through technology-related tactics (Blue), financial incentives/bribes (Gold), and seduction (Yellow), the CCP has gained access and influence over Capitol Hill, the DOJ, Wall Street, the Media, and other U.S. institutions.

Now, as the 118th Congress is just beginning its work…ooh, look! A big, scary balloon! (See how that works?)

But the balloon ruse serves another invidious purpose.

Economic Exhaustion

China is not interested in going head-to-head with the U.S. Military if at all possible. Going back to The Art of War, the CCP administration considers winning without fighting the pinnacle of strategic success. In fact, the CCP’s own playbook, Unrestricted Warfare, says “the best way to achieve victory is to control, not kill. There have been changes in the concept of war and the concept of weapons, and the approach of using uncontrolled slaughter to force the enemy into unconditional surrender has now become the relic of a past age.”

“Its ultimate result is that the weapons to defend the country actually become a cause of national bankruptcy”

The book explains how “…all these weapons and weapons platforms that have been produced in line with traditional thinking have without exception come to a dead end in their efforts to adapt to modern warfare and future warfare. Those desires of using the magic of high technology to work some alchemy on traditional weapons so that they are completely remade have ultimately fallen into the high-tech trap involving the endless waste of limited funds on an arms race. This is the paradox that must inevitably be faced in the process of the development of traditional weapons: To ensure that the weapons are in the lead, one must continue to up the ante in development costs…its ultimate result is that the weapons to defend the country actually become a cause of national bankruptcy.”

Balloons like these are cheap compared to the cost to shoot them down with high-tech missiles or jet strikes. And if floating a balloon over U.S. Military sites evokes a knee-jerk increase in military spending, all the better. They spend a few thousand on a balloon or two, and we increase our military spending budget by billions ($298 billion in 1999, $700 billion-plus by 2020).

See how that works?

While China may wish to “win without fighting,” should a kinetic war start, it will be an asymmetrical war, especially in the East China Sea. China knows that “everything that can benefit mankind can harm him,” including how Mutually Assured Destruction fears from the Cold War led to international condemnation of nuclear weapons use. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights passed by the United Nations in 1948, as the authors of Unlimited Warfare point out, “and more than 50 subsequent pacts related to it, have established a set of international rules for human rights in which it is recognized that the use of weapons of mass destruction—particularly nuclear weapons—is a serious violation of ‘right to life’ and represents a ‘crime against humanity.’”

The CCP could wage a war of attrition using cheap weapons to consume the Americans’ expensive ones

Knowing the U.S. would be very unlikely to use its “ultra-lethal” nuclear arsenal, the CCP could wage a war of attrition using cheap weapons to consume the Americans’ expensive ones. The United States continues to think in conventional terms, that the strongest military wins the war.

But when was the last time the U.S. decisively won a war? It is time to stop thinking in purely conventional ways, which are clearly outdated.

General Spaulding points this out in War Without Rules. “Until recently, the CCP chose to maintain a minimal nuclear arsenal, just enough to deter any other nation’s potential nuclear strike. By keeping its stockpile modest and its nuclear budget limited, the Chinese avoided the massive expenses that helped bring down the Soviet Union. As their wealth has grown, the Chinese have added to their nuclear stockpile, creating alarm and some confusion among Western analysts. Are new silos and warheads just a deepening of their deterrence force, or is this a change of strategy in creating an offensive nuclear capability? Is it perhaps a ruse, with empty silos or hollow missiles meant to provoke the United States and others to waste yet more billions?”

The Chinese balloon flying over the Western U.S. is a concern, but if you think it’s because it’s a conventional military threat, I hate to burst your bubble. The balloon the CCP wants to inflate most is our ballooning national debt. That’s how you defeat a capitalist nation…without firing a shot.

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The Backstory

A big thanks to Valiant Media for sharing the following report:

The Chinese government has claimed a suspected spy balloon spotted over the US is merely a weather monitoring device, amid calls from 45th President Donald Trump and others to shoot it down.

The potential Chinese spy balloon was detected over Billings, Montana on Thursday after it had initially flown over Alaska’s Aleutian Islands and Canada. Brigadier General Pat Ryder, the Pentagon’s press secretary, said the balloon was “traveling at an altitude well above commercial air traffic and does not present a military or physical threat to people on the ground.”

Sen. Steve Daines of Montana requested a full security briefing from the Biden administration on the balloon, suspecting it to be an intelligence-gathering mission targeting nuclear missile silos and other military assets.

“It is vital to establish the flight path of this balloon, any compromised U.S. national security assets, and all telecom or IT infrastructure on the ground within the U.S. that this spy balloon was utilizing,” Daines said in a letter to Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin. In a statement on Friday morning, the Chinese government claimed that the balloon was a “civilian airship used for research, mainly meteorological, purposes,” and that due to being affected by winds, and with “limited self-steering capability, the airship deviated far from its planned course.”

The statement added that the Chinese government “regrets the unintended entry of the airship into US airspace due to force majeure.”

China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Mao Ning had previously said that they are a “responsible country and has always strictly abided by international laws, and China has no intention to violate the territory and airspace of any sovereign countries.”

Despite the claim from the Chinese government that the balloon was a civilian asset, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken called off a major trip to Beijing he was due to take this weekend on Friday, following the statement.

Various Republicans, including 45th President Donald Trump, have called for the government to “shoot down the balloon.”

Rep. Ryan Zinke of Montana said that the balloon was a “clear provocation” against America, while Sen. Tom Cotton suggested that if the balloon was shot down, its internal technology could be an “intelligence bonanza.”

However, the Biden administration has followed “guidance” not to shoot down the balloon, as it does not see it as an “immediate military threat.” According to Secretary Austin, there is a further possibility that the debris could harm civilians or property if it was shot out of the sky.

 

 

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