Seven islands in the Arctic – who cares? You should.


GiveawayMapThe Coast Guard confirms in no uncertain terms that U.S has sovereignty over Wrangell Island in the Arctic Ocean.  The U.S. State Department is currently conspiring with President Putin to give away Wrangell to Russians.  Wrangell and its 200 mile exclusive economic zone (EEZ) has billions of barrels of oil/gas reserves and hundreds of millions of pounds of fisheries.  It also has a
strategic military location for tracking Russian moves in Arctic.

The U.S. Coast Guard is a component of the Department of Homeland Security.  It unequivocally states:  “On 12 August 1881, he [William Reynolds] was at the head of the party that landed on what would be later named Wrangell Island and took possession of the island in the name of the United States.”

The State Department has undertaken the giveaway with Putin in the guise of a maritime boundary agreement between Alaska and Siberia.  But as an executive agreement, it could 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.

President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry could stop the giveaway with the stroke of a pen.  We won the Cold War.  We should act like it.

Here’s what we know about the island giveaway, and the Russian plot to control Arctic natural resources.

Obama’s 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. The Russians are also to get the tens of thousands of square miles of oil-rich seabeds 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, our federal government itself drew the line to put these seven Alaskan islands on the Russian side. But as an executive agreement, it could be reversed with the stroke of a pen by the President or the Secretary of State.

The agreement was negotiated in total secrecy. The state of Alaska was not allowed to participate in the negotiations, nor was the public given any opportunity for comment. This is despite the fact the Alaska Legislature has passed resolutions of opposition – but the State Department doesn’t seem to care.

The imperiled Arctic Ocean islands include Wrangel, Bennett, Jeannette and Henrietta. Wrangel 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 Wrangel 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 Alaska’s sovereign territory and invaluable resources. We won the Cold War and should start acting like it. The Obama administration must stop the giveaway.

This is not a new issue. In fact, the Bush and Clinton administrations are directly at fault for the same inaction. A maritime agreement negotiated by the U.S. State Department set the Russian boundary on the other side of the disputed islands, but no treaty has ratified this action. The President’s power could stop this giveaway. The Alaska delegation’s failure to put pressure on the administration is inexplicable. State Department Watch, who assisted with this article, has confronted each administration and is currently confronting the Obama administration — and has been met by silence. I’m hoping this piece will help reinvigorate efforts to stop this handover.

The Russians are up to their old tricks! Right now, on Wrangell island in the Arctic Ocean Putin’s Army is building a permanent military base, “to protect Russian interests”. After playing a waiting game for decades, Russia now knows that it’s the perfect time to strike. We have the country’s weakest-ever president in Barack Hussein Obama, and a stalled Senate under “Do-Nothing” Harry Reid and a State Department distorted by Hillary Clinton and John Kerry to promote UN rule over American interests.

Currently, Vladimir Putin, the thugs who run Russia, and all the “useful idiots” in America, will make sure our worst nightmare comes true: A foreign enemy will set up camp on American soil.

The State Department keeps on pumping out false and misleading statements in a supposed “Fact Sheet”.  The actual facts are presented at

Putin has begun construction of a naval base and army base on Wrangell without so much as a peep from the State Department or President Obama. Something is tragically wrong here.
by Phyllis Schlafly

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