UFO Fever in DC: Shoot First, Ask Questions Later!

Tim Tolka
7 min readFeb 14, 2023

In the last week, the US Air Force (USAF) has fired on three unidentified flying objects. Was this wise? Short answer: No.

It started with a Chinese spy balloon floating over the North American continent, starting in Alaska.

The Washington Post reported that Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Tex.) expressed outrage at the use of American technology on the Chinese balloon, vowing, “It will be one of my number one priorities as the chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee in this Congress, to stop the export of technology to China that then goes into their most advanced weapons systems. In this case, a sophisticated spy balloon that went across three nuclear sites … It did a lot of damage.”

So, now, due to the embarrassment caused by the appearance of weakness and vulnerability in the face of a foreign threat, the Biden administration is taking an aggressive stance on all flying craft in North American airspace. In the last few days, the US has fired on at least three UFOs, over Alaska, then Canada, then Lake Huron. No wreckage has been recovered yet, and due to extreme weather conditions, it may be days or weeks before we have answers.

It’s “shoot first and ask questions later.” What could possibly go wrong? It is hardly ideal for the rest of humanity if the US government feels political pressure to begin shooting down unidentified flying objects. At least, they could consult a few other people who live on this planet.

First of all, it’s well known that flying objects that violate US airspace are from unknown origins. Fail-safe rule: Try to identify the origin of flying craft before making aggressive moves. We should know who or what we’re provoking.

China and Russia are the likely culprits for identifiable craft but if it were one of these, the US government would have already announced as much. So, most likely, we can’t identify it and we don’t know where it originated, and they haven’t been able to retrieve any wreckage.

There’s significant pressure on the US government to secure its airspace because the US Air Force looks weak if they cannot say who or what is flying in our skies. There is a risk to civilian aircraft, as was illustrated by the incident in Mexico where a UFO collided with a small plane heading from El Paso, Texas to Mexico City in 1974. Both crafts crashed near Coyame, Mexico.

However, the last thing we want to do is provoke a group with technology that we don’t understand and intentions we have so far been unable to ascertain. The U.S. government assures the public that they are watching the skies much closer now. Huh?

“The incursions in the past week have changed how analysts receive and interpret information from radars and sensors, a U.S. official said Saturday, partly addressing a key question of why so many objects have recently surfaced.

“The official, speaking on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue, said that sensory equipment absorbs a lot of raw data, and filters are used so humans and machines can make sense of what is collected. But that process always runs the risk of leaving out something important, the official said.

“‘We basically opened the filters,’ the official added, much like a car buyer unchecking boxes on a website to broaden the parameters of what can be searched. That change does not yet fully answer what is going on, the official cautioned, and whether stepping back to look at more data is yielding more hits — or if these latest incursions are part of a more deliberate action by an unknown country or adversary.”

So, basically, we’re to understand that UFOs were soaring in US airspace every day, but the folks at NORAD just weren’t paying attention.

The US government is now in damage-control mode. They don’t know what it was, and they can’t find any wreckage, so they’re trying to put out disinformation so that people will stop freaking out. Senator Chuck Schumer said, all the objects were likely balloons. What? That’s not what the USAF said. Methinks somebody is trying to change the story.

Why? The current story creates more questions and makes the US government seem hasty and foolish, at best. They don’t know what they attacked, and Biden doesn’t know WTF to say until they retrieve something. When asked about the UFO in Alaska, he said only, “Success.” Great!

Meanwhile, the USAF has let the cat out of the bag.

Politico reported, “Gen. Glen VanHerck, commander of the North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command, said he was certain that the initial episode, the downing of a Chinese surveillance balloon off the U.S. East Coast on Feb. 4, “was clearly a balloon. These are objects. I’m not able to categorize how they stay aloft.” The general also declined to rule out any possibility, including whether the objects were extraterrestrial in origin.

After the general’s remarks, a Defense official who requested anonymity to speak about a developing situation said that there is “no indication of aliens or extraterrestrial activity with these recent takedowns.” (Emphasis added)

The latest object was first detected on Saturday at 4:45 p.m. over Canada. It entered U.S. airspace a short time later, eventually falling off the radar over Montana and reappearing over Wisconsin. By that time, U.S. F-16 and Canadian F-18 fighter planes were scrambled to intercept it. One F-16 knocked it down with a Sidewinder missile over Lake Huron, where it likely fell into Canadian waters, VanHerck said.”

Oops. Did you catch that? The General said the quiet part out loud. The second “Defense Official” was trying to cover up the General’s admission — that there was no visible means of propulsion, which was repeated by the pilots.

CNN reports: “Pilots gave different accounts of what they observed after coming near the object, a source briefed on the intelligence told CNN; some pilots said it “interfered with their sensors,” but other pilots said they didn’t experience that.”

This is a classic effect of objects of unidentified origins. This has happened many times going back at least 40 years, not only in the USA but in many other countries.

For example, in 1976, Iran scrambled several fighter jets to confront an unknown flying object in their airspace and when the jets came close to the object, which shined like a star, changing color and moving quickly, their equipment started to turn off.

According to a wire message from the Iranian government to the Pentagon: “The pilot attempted to fire an AIM-9 missile at the object but at that instant, his weapons control panel went off and he lost all communications. At this point, the pilot initiated a turn and negative G dive to get away.”

They had to turn and retreat from it in order to get their equipment back online. You don’t want to attack something that has the technology to shut down your flight systems.

When you put together: No means of visible propulsion, falling off radar and affecting the equipment of nearby machines, that’s all part of a pattern that goes back to the first “Flying Saucer Craze” back in the 1940s.

Air forces in other countries have attempted to shoot down UFOs, but to my knowledge, none has succeeded. In 1980, a Peruvian pilot fired a burst of 64 30mm shells at a lightbulb-shaped UFO.

The pilot wrote, “I thought that the balloon would then be torn open and gases would start pouring out of it. But nothing happened. It seemed as if the huge bullets were absorbed by the balloon, and it wasn’t damaged at all.”

He tried to lock his target a few times, but each time, the UFO just flew higher into the sky, until he was low on fuel and had to return to base.

So, to summarize, our weapons and craft are no match for UFOs, and they have the technology to retaliate. We know this because they have demonstrated their technology on dozens of occasions. They have deactivated or interfered with nuclear weapons.

It would also appear that they have abducted hundreds of people and surgically dissected thousands of cattle over decades, and researchers couldn’t understand how it was accomplished or who did it, but despite FBI investigation, no one has ever been arrested. These two topics are very controversial, but it’s notable that so many different people have the same stories, independently, all over the world, and these people have nothing to gain by telling such tales. In fact, they have everything to lose. What would be their motive to lie? We must ask ourselves really hard questions and confront difficult possibilities because the truth may be stranger than fiction when it comes to intelligence and technology that is light years ahead of our own.

The one thing that is missing is aggression. This phenomenon has coexisted with humans in relative peace for centuries, possibly for millennia, and now we’re going to attack them because of Chinese spying? It’s challenging to think of a dumber reason to attack a far more dangerous foe.



Tim Tolka

Author, screenwriter, and journalist. Author of Blue Mafia. IL, LA, CO, TX, FL, VA, NYC, DC, and SF. https://www.timtolka.com/