Congressional Candidate Wants To Impeach Obama For ‘Giving Away’ Seven Arctic Islands


Written by Scott Keyes

A congressional hopeful has a plan to impeach President Obama, deep in the heart of Texas.

Wes Riddle, a Republican tea party activist locked in a run-off with fellow GOPer Roger Williams in Texas’ 25th congressional district, is campaigning on a conspiracy theory even more bizarre than the fantasy that the United Nations and George Soros are conspiring to eliminate the game of golf.

Riddle has promised to begin the impeachment process against President Obama the day he enters Congress — seemingly implying that he believes Obama will be reelected — because of a boundary treaty that was ratified by the Senate in 1991. Obama was 30 years old at the time and just finishing up law school.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram has the details:

Riddle, a retired Army officer from Gatesville, wants to impeach Obama for “giving away” seven Arctic Ocean and Bering Sea islands near Siberia to Russia.

(Yes, even though those islands were ceded in 1991 under President George H.W. Bush.)

Riddle also wants to impeach Obama, according to the paper, because of “President Obama’s abuse of power and blatant disregard to the Constitution.”

This paranoid fantasy appears to have been spawned by Tea Party favorite Joe Miller. According to his World Net Daily piece, the Obama administration gave away “seven strategic, resource-laden Alaskan islands.” Miller was apoplectic: “We won the Cold War and should start acting like it.”

Though has thoroughly debunked this conspiracy theory, reality hasn’t stopped Riddle from using it as a rationale for his goal of impeaching Obama.

The run-off election will take place on July 31.

This post was originally published by ThinkProgress.


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donald Baumgartner

Only 9 months to go & hell be gone. What will people like this do then ??

Don H.
Don H5 years ago

Few things better illustrate the Fascist right's obsession with President Obama than this particular manufactured outrage.

This is a perfect example of "Obama Derangement Syndrome". Like most of these manufactured issues, this one no basis in reality. The "right" has dozens of "non-profit" think tanks that do nothing but come up with these ridiculous allegations.

Read the truth about the islands here. And just have a look at the location of these islands.

Sorry if this explanation and link has been provided further down the thread. I might have missed it.

Don H.
Don H5 years ago

On a side note there is something worthy and interesting about Wrangle Island.

Mammoths did not become extinct on Wrangle Island until relatively recently! Their isolation might have protected them from ice age hunters. You can read about it here

Don H.
Don H5 years ago

Gene J, your post is star worthy. But then, most are.

David Nuttle
Past Member 5 years ago

Corrupt special interests have perfected the art of "political payola" (bribes) to quickly gain controlling influence over whomever we elect to Congress, or the White House. It really no longer matters all that much if we have GOPoopers, Dam-o-crats, or Teabaggers in control of Congress, and party affiliation of our President is not all that relevant ... They are nearly all manipulated and directed by an oligarchy of the elite 1 (one) percent. When the public is divided and in verbal conflict or debate, special interest control of our government is made all the easier. If we want to help restore American freedoms and greatness, it will be necessary that we act together to demand a new Constitutional Convention to reform Congress and the Executive so power is returned to the people.

Sandi C.
Sandi C5 years ago

Seems Obama gets blamed for everything the Bush's did.

JAMES HOLLEY5 years ago

What's wrong with these people?
Baby Bush was the one that gave away the islands to Russia, not to mention all the things he gave to oil companies (land rights) and Haliburton (the middle east and eastern Europe). And Daddy Bush's record isn't any better (Grand Pa Bush was the one that dug up Geronimo's grave and took his skull back to the Vault...all three are/were Skull and Bones).
And as far as the Constitution, Baby Bush was the one that referred to our Constitution as "...just a G-D piece of paper..." And just how constitutional is the Patriot Act?
Do they really believe that they can lie like that and get away with it?

Beth K.
.5 years ago

David H, GH Bush gave them away.

Angela N.
Angela N5 years ago

thanks :)

nancy d.
nancy B5 years ago

David K - I think Nancy and Ronnies staff ran the presidency from day one. If he were to be elected again today he probably would have the same amount of input to his administration as he did in the 80's.