You know what I think is kind of weird, is this whole thing about blinken canceling his trip because of this. And I've posted about this before, in different posts, about how the political social atmosphere seems to hinge heavily on a sort of mind-reading, subconscious power game system. Blinken can't meet with Xi, because the balloon made him metaphysically more powerful. What else could it come down to?
He might not even mention the balloon to blinken, that doesn't even matter. But amidst the pleasantries, that the otherwise 'gentle conversation' would have, they'd both know about the balloon. Does anyone understand what I mean? Is this paranoia, technically, or is this a real thing? We, the lay public, our often told not to 'read into' things too much, you can find tons of articles about that. But our high-level leaders do seem to operate on the presumption that minute, non-verbal details of all kinds should be read into