China Is One Breath From Disarming The Entire U.S. Military
Floyd G. Brown * The Center for Western Journalism
Of all the power that China wields in the world today, its monopoly over rare earth minerals could have the most frightening impact.
You see, rare earth resources are essential for producing high-tech products, renewable energy technologies and advanced weapons systems. In fact, without rare earth minerals, the United States would face a full-blown national security crisis.
It was only a few decades ago, during the Cold War, that the United States was an undisputed leader in the field. Yet as vital as these minerals are to our future, Barack Obama’s administration has no plan for re-building America’s capacity to produce and refine them. How quickly the mighty have fallen…
Our supreme leader has no idea, or even any desire, to get us back in the game. In fact, Team Obama doesn’t have a clue how to develop a domestic rare earth supply.
And That’s Not All
Even beyond our ability to build arms, the rare earth shortages prevent us from building a sustainable, green energy future. Rare earth minerals are indispensable for building wind turbines and hybrid/electric vehicles.
The Obama administration’s only solution to our vulnerabilities is bringing a case against the Chinese at the World Trade Organization (WTO). The U.S. Trade Representative lodged a formal complaint with the WTO about Chinese trade restrictions on the rare earths, including export duties and quotas. These measures brought down prices for the minerals in China, although they increased prices for foreign firms. As a result, Team Obama is alleging unfair competition.
Unfair competition is putting it mildly, in my opinion. The Communist party has understood foryears now that rare earths are an area of strategic advantage.
Deng Xiaoping made a cryptic statement all the way back in 1992 about his designs for the future: “There is oil in the Middle East; there is rare earth in China.” With huge rare earth deposits and world power – rather than profit – in mind, China began supplying our need for rare earths at dirt-cheap prices, which our own companies couldn’t match.
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