Skip to comments.State Dept. Creating Arctic Ambassador Post
Posted on 02/14/2014 6:56:49 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
An Alaska senator said the State Department called his office today to say that they would be creating a post for a U.S. ambassador to the Arctic.
Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) introduced the United States Ambassador at Large for Arctic Affairs Act a year ago, pressing Secretary of State John Kerry to make the appointment on economic and national security grounds.
Six of the eight Arctic nations currently have ambassador-level diplomats representing their interests before the Arctic Council. The United States will assume the chairmanship of the Arctic Council in 2015.
Its not always easy explaining to Washington bureaucrats how things are different at home in Alaska, but todays decision by Secretary of State John Kerry to finally create an Arctic Ambassador is an important step in the right direction, said Begich. The bottom line is that the changes we see in the Arctic warrant a higher level of involvement from the U.S. and this position will allow us to better exercise leadership and vision in Arctic policy moving forward.
Begich first introduced a bill pushing for an American Arctic Ambassador when he came to the Senate in 2008 and hes reintroduced it each Congress.
His bill in the 113th Congress had one co-sponsor, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.).
According to that legislation, the Arctic ambassador would represent the United States in matters and cases relevant to Arctic affairs in (A) contacts with foreign governments, intergovernmental organizations, and specialized agencies of the United Nations, the Arctic Council, and other international organizations of which the United States is a member; and (B) multilateral conferences and meetings relating to Arctic affairs.
The Ambassador shall be a principal adviser to the President and the Secretary of State regarding matters affecting Arctic affairs and shall make recommendations regarding the policies of the United States relating to Arctic affairs.
Kerry attended the meeting of the Arctic Council Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden and the United States in Sweden on May 15.
Heightening concern was Chinas use of the Arctic in August as a sea shortcut from the Atlantic to the Pacific by hugging the Russian coast.
The reason China and those other countries are knocking on the door is that they all want get observer status in the council, because the only countries in the council are the countries that border round the Arctic, Kerry told the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Foreign Operations in April.
No word on whether the Arctic ambassador will have to have ever been to the Arctic.
I dont have any personnel announcements to make, but we may very well at some point soon, but nothing to announce at this point, State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said at todays press briefing.
Talk about a punishment assignment.
Don’t suppose Obama wants to name Ted Cruz to be ambassador to Antarctica?
It’s to prevent war with the polar bears.
Q: What’s in YOUR wallet?
A: Obama’s fingers.
How about a Moon Ambassador?
And Mars, Venus, etc.
bo would like to visit Uranus.
Condition 1 weather.
Welcome to Antarctica comrade.
If they need an Ambassador at Large, they should get a large Ambassador. Al Gore would be perfect! He can leave his winter clothes at home.
Don’t eat the yellow snow.
That’s awesome !!
But the Arctic is ice on water vs Antarctica’s ice on land.
So when “global warming” melts the Arctic ice, will they be stationed on a ship ?
When the ship gets trapped in the ice will they send in a rescue team like they did in Benghazi ?
This is as real as you are.
Can you say “Another Democrat BOONDOGGLE?”
There are about 300 Dems in D.C. that we can send to the poles....
AND SAVE BIG MONEY!!!!
We should make Secretary of Love a cabinet position.
I hereby nominate Al Gore for ambassador to the north
pole, long may he reign.
We’ll send 150 to the North Pole and 150 to the South Pole, to protect against such a calamity........
Oh, I’m sure “climate change, global warming” and environmentalism will enter in and is probably the true reason for this nonsense.
Yes. It’s called the FED.
I watched Ted Cruz during his valiant effort to halt the disaster called Obamacare. I hope you watched it as well. If he used it once, he used the phrase “...we no longer listen to the people, our constituents...” over a hundred times. And he was right...they don’t. And the fact is, THEY NO LONGER NEED TO.
I’ve sent my little rant on this topic before but Ted’s honest comment compels me to do so again.
WHY THE POLITICAL RULING CLASS NO LONGER LISTENS TO US!
When the servants of the people are paid with something other than that which the people themselves have produced (i.e. the real, tangible products of their labors or some fixed and real medium of that exchange), the roles of master and servant will be reversed.
That was Thomas Jefferson warning that the financial disaster we now face would be but one of many problems paper money would visit upon us if we allowed our leaders to remove the backing from the currency.
It was believed by Roger Sherman and a majority of those at the Constitutional Convention that unbacked fiat currency would so damage the fabric of the nation that they ATTEMPTED to prohibit it with these few words at Article 1, Section 10, requiring the states to enforce the prohibition: No State shall make any Thing but gold and silver Coin a Tender in Payment of Debts;
If the people and their states grew inattentive to this matter (and they have!), Jefferson also saw another problem ahead.
In a letter to John Taylor in 1816, he wrote, “And I sincerely believe, with you, that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies; and that the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale.”
We have been swindling futurity for a long time and this is now where we find ourselves. If the government, through its banker masters at the Federal Reserve, can create money from thin air, they certainly dont need ours every April 15th. That annual sheep shearing is simply an attempt to vacuum enough of the excess paper from the system to keep the rest of us from catching on to the biggest theft ring in the history of man. They have now created so much that their attempt is failing and failing badly to a point where all but the dullest among us (Obama voters and his growing cadres of personal and corporate welfare beneficiaries) are starting to get it.
If you understood that last paragraph, you can now make the small leap to an understanding as to why the progressive utopian welfare state hacks in Washington dont give a damn WHAT you think. Their power to create all the money they need to fuel their infernal machine and fill the gaping maws of enough of those growing hoards of welfare constituents to assure their perpetual re-election means that — ready — THEY NO LONGER NEED YOU! They have become, as Mr. Jefferson predicted, our MASTERS.
We won’t have even a CHANCE at an honest government until we again have HONEST MONEY.
That they are taking down a nation and a system that has provided more wealth, safety and abundance to more people than any other in history matters not to them. Failing to grasp the lesson of the French Revolution, they believe themselves to be above the impending disaster.
Were running out of time to get this increasingly rapacious beast back into the cage from which we have carelessly allowed it to escape.
PS: I was a 3 year member of the national board of CATS (Citizens for an Alternative Tax System), the precursor to the current Fair Tax organization. I fully support the concept of a CONSUMPTION TAX over the current Marxist INCOME TAX. That said, UNTIL WE GET BACK TO HONEST MONEY, WERE REARRANGING DECK CHAIRS ON A SINKING SHIP.
Its to prevent war with the polar bears.
Relations are already tense among some of the indigenous residents.
Violence is common and civil war appears to be imminent.
I’m thinking AlGore would be a perfect fit. It would honor him for his tireless global warming jihad, and reward him by providing him an escape from the horrific effects of the global warming he has so valiantly fought.
There’s only one. Please God, let Odumbo tap Sen Mark Begich for this very important role.
This is all driven by money. IIRC they have found several fields holding 5bbl barrels and Russia claiming that it is geologically connecting to these fields.