Russian troops are already on US soil! They are occupying US/Alaska Wrangell Island in the Arctic. Putin’s troops are astoundingly getting help from President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry. What kind of foreign aid is this gigantic giveaway?
They used to say “The Russians are coming.” But now they have already gotten here and occupied US soil.
The Obama/Kerry State Department is giving away seven strategic, resource-laden Alaskan islands to the Russians. Yes, to the Putin regime in the Kremlin.
The seven endangered islands in the Arctic Ocean and Bering Sea include one the size of Rhode Island and Delaware combined (Wrangell). The Russians also get the tens of thousands of square miles of oil-rich sea beds surrounding the islands. The Department of Interior estimates billions of barrels of oil are at stake.
The State Department has undertaken the giveaway in the guise of a maritime boundary agreement between Alaska and Siberia. Astoundingly, the State Department itself drew the line to put these seven Alaskan islands on the Russian side. But as an executive agreement, it can be reversed with the stroke of a pen by President Obama or Secretary Kerry.
The agreement was negotiated in total secrecy. The state of Alaska was not allowed to participate in the negotiations, Congress was not notified, nor was the public given any opportunity for comment. The Alaska Legislature has passed resolutions of opposition, and so has California’s legislature but the State Department doesn’t seem to care.
The imperiled Arctic Ocean islands include Wrangell, Bennett, Jeannette and Henrietta. Wrangell became American in 1881 with the landing of the U.S. Revenue Marine ship Thomas Corwin. The landing party included the famed naturalist John Muir. It is 3,000 square miles in size.
Northwest of Wrangell are the DeLong Islands, named for George Washington DeLong, the captain of USS Jeannette. Also in 1881, he discovered and claimed these three islands for the United States. He named them for the voyage co-sponsor, New York City newspaper publisher James Gordon Bennett. The ship’s crew received a hero’s welcome back in Washington, and Congress awarded them gold medals.
In the Bering Sea at the far west end of the Aleutian chain are Copper Island, Sea Lion Rock and Sea Otter Rock. They were ceded to the U.S. in Seward’s 1867 treaty with Russia.
Now is the time for the Obama administration to stand up for U.S. and Alaskan rights and invaluable resources. The State Department’s maritime agreement is a loser it gives us nothing in return for giving up US/Alaska’s sovereign territory and invaluable resources. We won the Cold War and should start acting like it. We can’t be kicked around by Russia’s Putin any more.
The Obama administration must stop the giveaway immediately. No more Russian troops on US soil.