“A commentary at the Washington Examiner is warning that a Chinese spy balloon being watched as it crosses the United States could be a ‘dry run’ for an EMP attack.
“‘An electromagnetic pulse attack would be triggered by a nuclear explosion at altitude. It would disrupt electronics in a massive region, and earlier warnings have said that it could take down America’s grid, destroy basic functions like banking and deliveries, and ultimately kill millions.
“The latest warning is contained in Paul Bedard’s Washington Secrets column.
“High-altitude balloons, such as the one China has floated over mountain state military bases this week, are considered a key ‘delivery platform’ for secret nuclear strikes on America’s electric grid, according to intelligence officials,’ he reported.
“Spy balloons, used by Japan to drop bombs during World War II, are now far more sophisticated, can fly at up to 200,000 feet, evade detection, and can carry a small nuclear bomb that, if exploded in the atmosphere, would shut down the grid and wipe out electronics in a many-state-wide area.”
A U.S. Air Force fighter safely shot down the balloon today, Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III said in a written statement. An F-22 Raptor fighter from the 1st Fighter Wing at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, fired one AIM-9X Sidewinder missile at the balloon. The balloon fell approximately six miles off the coast in about 47 feet of water. No one was hurt. The Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor is an American single-seat, twin-engine, all-weather stealth tactical fighter aircraft with a maximum speed of 1,500 mph. Sick it on Beijing, then Pyongyang, then Moscow, Havana, Caracas, and Managua. We are so god-blessedly patient with evil.