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We have been reading several stories lately about how the State Dept. is in the process of giving away several islands off the coast of Alaska, including one from me “The Destruction of A Nation.” Maggie at Maggie’s Notebook has an excellent post that gives much more information about all of this and her phone conversation with Joe Miller from Alaska, whose story sparked most of this.
But this brings us to a much bigger question, and that is Who does the Department of State really represent?” It seems that if we thought that they were working for us, we were mistaken. The 2011 mission statement makes it pretty clear that they are working for the world, and we are just a side interest.
Don’t make the mistake of thinking that this is just from the Obama administration though. This goes all the way back to the Ford administration and Henry Kissenger. They are the ones that started this all with an executive order. Please read some of the stories that I have linked below if you want to refresh your memory or find out what is going on.
How is it that, without approval of the Senate, or the approval of the State involved in this situation, that the Department of State and the President of the United States has the ability to give away property that belongs to all of us? In whose interest are they really working? And above all else, what else are they doing without our knowledge?
When an agency that was intended as a support for our interests in the world, ceases to represent those interest, why do we need them? If they are now working on behalf of some new world order and not the United States of America, they are not representing the very States that they are supposed to represent. What is their goal if this is the case?
The Executive Branch and the U.S. Congress have constitutional responsibilities for U.S. foreign policy. Within the Executive Branch, the Department of State is the lead U.S. foreign affairs agency, and its head, the Secretary of State, is the President’s principal foreign policy advisor, though other officials or individuals may have more influence on their foreign policy decisions. The Department advances U.S. objectives and interests in the world through its primary role in developing and implementing the President’s foreign policy. The Department also supports the foreign affairs activities of other U.S. Government entities including the Department of Defense, the Department of Commerce, the Department of Homeland Security, the Central Intelligence Agency (specifically, theSpecial Activities Division), and the U.S. Agency for International Development. It also provides an array of important services to U.S. citizens and to foreigners seeking to visit or immigrate to the U.S.
All foreign affairs activities—U.S. representation abroad, foreign assistance programs, countering international crime, foreign military training programs, the services the Department provides, and more—are paid for by the foreign affairs budget, which represents little more than 1% of the total federal budget. The total Department of State budget, together with ‘Other International Programs’ (see below), costs about 45 cents a day ($165.90 a year) for each resident of the United States. As stated by the Department of State, its purpose includes:
The Department of State conducts these activities with a civilian workforce, and normally uses the Foreign Service personnel system for positions that require service abroad. Employees may be assigned to diplomatic missions abroad to represent America, analyze and report on political, economic, and social trends; adjudicate visas; and respond to the needs of American citizens abroad. The U.S. maintains diplomatic relations with about 180 countries and maintains relations with many international organizations, adding up to a total of more than 250 posts around the world. In the United States, about 5,000 professional, technical, and administrative employees work compiling and analyzing reports from overseas, providing logistical support to posts, communicating with the American public, formulating and overseeing the budget, issuing passports and travel warnings, and more. In carrying out these responsibilities, the Department of State works in close coordination with other federal agencies, including the Department of Defense, the Department of the Treasury, and the Department of Commerce. As required by the principle of checks and balances, the Department also consults with Congress about foreign policy initiatives and policies.
From the Department of State itself we have their mission statement.
Maggie at Maggie’s Notebook has an update with a conversation with Joe Miller on this at her site.
It is the most clear explanation I have seen, and it raises more questions on the State Dept. for several administrations. But is also still questions why the Obama administration is pushing this now, when it would be more in our interests to void this agreement.