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THE HIDDEN COST OF BIDEN'S SURRENDER OF AFGHANISTAN

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By now, almost everybody knows the obvious conditions and ramifications of President Joe Biden’s traitorous mismanagement of the United States’ precipitous withdrawal from Afghanistan.

The Biden Department of State and the highly-politicized military senior command staff lacked a coherent, competent, and coordinated plan for the withdrawal -- with decisions driven by political considerations, including artificial deadlines and the White House demand for media-friendly optics. Due to President Biden’s obvious mental impairment, it is unclear who was in charge and what orders were actually issued.

American citizens and Afghans, who aided the United States mission at great personal risk to themselves and their families, were abandoned behind enemy lines to be hunted, captured, tortured, killed – of if lucky, ransomed by Taliban warlords that now comprise the “legitimate” Afghan government.

The United States military effectively armed a force hostile to America by abandoning billions of dollars of sophisticated weaponry, communications devices, and strategic intelligence which can be sold or traded to our other enemies.

The United States sacrificed a fortified, easily defendable base from which they could project power in the region – at minimal personnel costs. A move that would have reinforced the resilience of the Afghan Army.

But what most people don’t know is that the Biden team gave up substantial deposits of lithium carbonate, which the Communist Chinese can use to a competitive advantage in the lithium battery business behind the massive green agenda. A marketplace they can dominate with transactions priced in Yuan and not U.S.-backed reserve currency.

The Communist Chinese control 70% or more of the world's supply of lithium carbonate. Much of which is mined in occupied Tibet. It is no wonder that the Chinese supported the Taliban, which is still begging for U.S. funding while allowing the Chinese to develop and mine the world’s largest untapped supply of lithium carbonate – along with other rare earth metals.

With the Biden Administration’s control of the energy marketplace and moving to outlaw fossil fuel vehicles – the value of lithium carbonate may be the next generation’s gusher. When the Afghanistan lithium supply becomes a reality, China’s global market share is projected to exceed 90%. It appears that the Chinese have also bought substantial stakes in lithium deposits located in other countries and even lithium carbonate deposits found in Greenland.

Why you may ask, is the United States not protecting itself against China’s dominance in this critical resource that is behind modern electronics and energy storage?

Could the progressive communist democrats embedded deeply in the Department of the Interior (DOI) and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) prevent access to U.S. public lands in Arkansas, California, Nevada, North Carolina, and Utah containing lithium carbonate and other rare earth minerals?

Could it be that the communist-dominated environmental movement is working hand-in-hand with these agencies?  And, even if mining activities are occurring on American soil, allowing the foreign ownership of the mining companies held through opaque corporate entities.

Let us not forget that Bill Clinton, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Attorney General Eric Holder, and others in the Obama administration facilitated the sale of approximately 20- percent of U.S. uranium production capacity to Russia. With Bill Clinton pocketing millions and the Clinton Foundation over $100 million. Why the Clintons were not prosecuted for their involvement in the Uranium One scandal speaks to the power of progressive communist democrats.

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China Dominates the Global Lithium Battery Market

In 2019, Chinese chemical companies accounted for 80 percent of the world’s total output of raw materials for advanced batteries. China controls the processing of pretty much all the critical minerals–rare earth, lithium, cobalt, and graphite. Of the 136 lithium-ion battery plants in the pipeline to 2029, 101 are based in China.

China is among the five top countries with the most lithium resources and it has been buying stakes in mining operations in Australia and South America where most of the world’s lithium reserves are found. China’s Tianqi Lithium owns 51 percent of the world’s largest lithium reserve in Australia. In 2018, the company became the second-largest shareholder in Sociedad Química y Minera—the largest lithium producer in Chile. Another Chinese company, Ganfeng Lithium, has a long-term agreement to underwrite all lithium raw materials produced by Australia’s Mount Marion mine—the world’s second-biggest, high-grade lithium reserve.

With Biden’s plans, the United States will be dependent again on key minerals for its energy system and this time the dependency will be with one country—China.  According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the United States imported 78 percent of its cobalt, and all of its graphite in 2019.

It could take 20 to 30 years for the United States to catch up with China. It could also entail the development of new mines in the United States, which have historically been opposed by the same environmental groups and politicians who have urged the United States to electrify its vehicle fleet. It is clear that electrification of the U.S. economy and its transportation system will mean the “Chinafication” of these important parts of our economy. <Source>

Bottom line…

With each advancing day, Joe Biden and his crime family – along with the Clintons – slip farther and farther away from accountability. President Trump was impeached on phony quid pro quo charges of the type Biden confessed to on a recorded program. The Clinton’s crimes are well enumerated, but the progressive communist democrats control our intelligence and law enforcement agencies and they appear immune from prosecution.

The Democrat Party sells our nation, piece by piece, while the feckless and impotent GOP looks on.

Time for some real leadership before we are screwed beyond the point of no return.

-- steve


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