Your Gormogons, being the global puppetmasters we are, like to give you the heads up on events or items of interest before they become interesting to the main-stream media or even much of the conservative blogosphere.
Well those chickens have come home to roost, given the US push for ‘green’ technologies, which utilize quite a bit of this stuff, our national security needs, and individual demand for iDevices, which also use the stuff, though iStuff is built in iChina, and thus sold as a value added product. They, of course sell the stuff internally for cheaper prices than when they export it, so their value added products can sell at a competitive advantage above and beyond that given by utilizing slave labor. China attributes its cutting back to concern for the environment. Right.
So why is this being brought up now? And why is there a sense of urgency that we, along with Japan and the EU are making our case now? The piece attributes some of this to President Obama wanting to look tough on China.
That’s not all.
Go back to the Czar’s piece on Rare Earth Elements. The Czar was talking about Afghanistan in that article, not China, other than to discuss the strategic importance of Afghanistan with regard to these materials.
Given that Afghanistan has been descending into chaos since the Czar’s October report, punctuated by the recent Koran kerfuffle, and now (unexpectedly) the apparent rogue attack by an American soldier on Afghan civilians, we may be scaling down or pulling out of Afghanistan faster than planned. In other words, this action with the WTO is a clear indicator of the situation in Afghanistan. It also appears that we won’t be leaving as friends, and there may be strive in that country for quite some time. Given this reality on the ground, this second source of Rare Earth Elements may not be accessible for quite some time (if ever), thus, this push to ask the WTO to force China to play nice in the sandbox makes quite a bit of sense.
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