I have an old atlas which proved to me that the article was a bunch of bull.
1) It would not surprise me if obama had indirect or direct contact with kgb persons in his youth, he is one type of profile and hung out with people they might have found useful
2) he may have been debriefed/etc. when he was briefly detained in russia a few years back. they certainly had him alone for several hours.
3) a map is useful for looking at this case here. the only real question is whether there are counter-claims of russia’s that should logically have been withdrawn as part of this deal, because the islands themselves are far, far from what anyone is going to look at and call american.
Anyone got a map?
While I’m not a fan of Obama, he is not selling out US sovereignty, at least on this issue. The United States has NEVER claimed the islands. If you look at an atlas, you will clearly see they are to the north of Siberia and are not near Alaska or the Aleutian Islands.
Some U.S. individuals assert American ownership of Henrietta Island based on the 1881 discovery and claim. A resolution of the Alaska State Senate in 1988 supported this claim. There also are various documents from the former Department of the Navy stating that the United States asserts sovereignty over the island. However, according to the U.S. Department of State in 2003, the U.S. government has never claimed Henrietta Island. In 1994, the Alaska State Supreme Court ruled in D. Denardo v. State of Alaska that Henrietta Island, along with several islands, is not part of Alaska.
This is obama’s jimmy carter moment.
2) The U.S. has never actually claimed the islands. Russia claimed the islands back under the Tzars.
3)The treaty on the maritime border was negotiated in 1990 and ratified by the Senate and signed by President Bush in 1991.
A map of the islands:
I have no idea who has title to any of these islands, but:
How in the hell can Zer0 or Hitlary make any kind of a ownership proclamation without a vote on a new ownership treaty by the full Senate????
Or, is that old curled up parchment document getting in Zer0’s way once again???