Fentanyl overdoses in the US are at epidemic levels. Why did Joe Biden give Xi Jinping a pass on the subject?
What a difference a couple of days makes in the life of Joe Biden! A few months ago, preceded by much media speculation, he spent three-and-a-half hours in wide-ranging discussions with Chinese president Xi Jinping. One might have expected that the topic of fentanyl production in China would have been broached, given the rising number of fentanyl overdoses in the US. I mean, this particular topic is life and death unlike the platitudes exchanged and other issues discussed by the two leaders. But the subject apparently could not be wedged into the conversation.
Then, two days later, and with considerably less fanfare, Biden did manage to obliquely refer to fentanyl (although the word was not mentioned) in a public statement. He acknowledged a horrible statistic: the deaths of over 100,000 Americans due to drug overdoses over the past year. That statement was purposely vague in that no underlying causes were discussed nor even a mention of the fentanyl epidemic that is eclipsing other drug overdoses. Even the Washington Post has noted that fentanyl abuse is a plague in America: “There are now more overdose deaths from the illegal synthetic opioid fentanyl than there were overdose deaths from all drugs in 2016.” In 2017, according to the Centers for Disease Control, approximately 47,000 people died from opioid overdose, with 28,000 deaths due to synthetic opioids. These were all preventable deaths. And, shockingly, over “four times as many people died from drug overdose (OD) than from homicide in the first month of 2021.”
Why could not Biden even mention the word “fentanyl” in his vanilla statement? And how could he have engaged in 3.5 hours of “frank discussions” with Chinese leader Xi Jinping without even mentioning China’s continued production of fentanyl and its precursors? Is it because he is yet again giving a pass to the CCP on an issue of critical importance to Americans? Or was he camouflaging the entire production and distribution chain of fentanyl and its precursors – production in China and distribution through the open border with Mexico?
His public statement was all about treatment, but those are after-the-fact measures: “Through the American Rescue Plan, we’ve delivered nearly $4 billion to strengthen and expand services for substance use disorder and mental health.” Nothing about going after production and distribution.
Many people don’t know what fentanyl is. Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid that is similar to morphine but is 50 to 100 times more potent. It is a prescription drug that is also made and used illegally as a drug of choice. Synthetic fentanyl is sold illegally as a powder, dropped onto blotter paper, put in eye droppers and nasal sprays, or made into pills that look like other prescription opioids. Some drug dealers are mixing fentanyl with other drugs, such as heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, and MDMA. Fentanyl is addictive because of its potency.
There is an enormous manufacture of fentanyl (by the tons) and other synthetic narcotics in China. As noted here, “China produces nearly all of the fentanyl, fentanyl analogues, and fentanyl precursors in the world.” Most fentanyl coming to the US is produced in China and is usually transited through Mexico. China banned production of four fentanyl variations in 2017, has declared fentanyl to be a controlled substance, and will implement fines and other penalties to ratchet down illicit production and distribution by Chinese drug laboratories. But what incentive does the CCP have in actually implementing and policing that policy? Zip, zero, nada. Particularly when there is no pressure on doing so from an American president. And as a report from the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission points out, Chinese production of fentanyl and its chemical precursors continues apace: “China remains the primary country of origin for illicit fentanyl and fentanyl-related substances trafficked into the United States.”
With the US being flooded with fentanyl and its precursors, is it merely coincidental that the CCP also seeks world domination via a host of strategic initiatives, including Made in China 2025, One Belt One Road, Maritime Silk Road, Health Silk Road, etc.? Consider these other Chinese actions in context:
- Massive Chinese spying in the US to obtain intellectual property and key advanced technologies.
- Exploitation of the Confucius Institute to penetrate US colleges and universities.
- Massive Chinese cyber espionage and attacks against private US companies and military agencies.
- An ongoing nuclear breakout.
- Atmospheric tests of a suborbital hypersonic glide vehicle (potentially a first-strike strategic weapon system).
- Ongoing bribery of the US political class.
- Psychological warfare through ongoing intimidation of neighboring nations.
- Exploitation of the CCP virus for psychological and economic reasons.
Why wouldn’t fentanyl and other synthetic and addictive drugs be part of this multi-prong Chinese approach to achieve world dominance by undermining their main adversary? What better way to destroy the US than from within through drug addiction and the hopelessness that addiction engenders? That would be exactly what Sun Tzu would recommend: to win without fighting. To destroy the will of the enemy to fight. Fentanyl is just another front in China’s ongoing silent war with the US.
It’s imperative that the fentanyl epidemic be connected directly to the PRC and addressed accordingly. But other connections are equally important. Just as the open southern border is a gateway for CCP virus-infected illegal aliens to pour into the US, so too does that gateway provide open access for Mexican cartels to flood the country with Chinese-produced fentanyl and other drugs. The open border with Mexico is a Biden policy with horrible consequences!
Another dot to be connected to the Biden regime is the demand side of the fentanyl problem. There are two aspects that pertain. The first is long-time Democrat supporter George Soros and his Open Society Foundation, which advocates decriminalization of gateway drugs. Gateway drugs like marijuana frequently lead to abuse over time of more powerful illicit drugs such as synthetic opioids. Secondly, the perpetuation of and support for needless economic lockdowns due to the CCP virus by the Biden administration continues to destroy lives and businesses while spreading hopelessness and despair, creating conditions that exacerbate drug abuse. Even the liberal USA Today was able to make that connection in this headline: “Drug overdoses surged amid COVID lockdowns.”
Are these Biden policies that ultimately destroy American lives purposeful? This is a question that should be continually asked of Biden, Kamala Harris, and political appointees in the administration.
Conclusion. The fentanyl epidemic in the US is exploding and is directly exacerbated by Biden administration policies and a misguided approach to focus only on treatment and prevention without attacking root causes. Production, supply, distribution, and important reasons for opioid demand are not addressed in a complete, end-to-end policy intended to tackle the problem. Biden had a golden opportunity to confront the leader of the topic producer of fentanyl and its chemical precursors but failed to address the topic during a 3.5-hour virtual meeting with Xi Jinping. Meanwhile, four times as many Americans die from drug overdoses than from homicide. This gives new meaning to the oxymoron that is “competent government.”
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