Elder Patriot – The mainstream media mocked President Trump wanting to ‘buy’ Greenland. It was the type of hyperbolic mischaracterization that has plagued the anti-Trump media since his election.
President Trump’s interest in Greenland first came to light on Thursday. When asked about it during a chopper presser, Trump responded to reporters’ inquiries:
Well, Greenland, I don’t know — it got released somehow. It’s just something we talked about. Denmark essentially owns it. We’re very good allies with Denmark. We protect Denmark like we protect large portions of the world.
So the concept came up and I said, “Certainly, I’d be. Strategically, it’s interesting, and we’d be interested.” But we’ll talk to them a little bit. It’s not number one on the burner, I can tell you that.
Well, a lot of things can be done. I mean, essentially, it’s a large real estate deal. A lot of things can be done. It’s hurting Denmark very badly because they’re losing almost $700 million a year carrying it. So they carry it at a great loss.
And, strategically, for the United States, it would be nice. And we’re a big ally of Denmark, and we help Denmark and we protect Denmark, and we will.
The fact is in the world of geo-political military preparedness, Greenland it isn’t simply an expansionist whim, as much as it is becoming a necessary defensive site.
Rear Admiral Nils Wang, a former head of the Danish Navy explained:
“Trump’s approach may be wacky but it does send a serious message to Russia and China — don’t mess with us on Greenland. This is a complete game-changer.”
Both China and Russia have opened sea lanes and shipping routes near the Danish owned island.
(New York Post) Russia has long dedicated considerable resources to the area, often using it for military research. As the ice has melted, the country has ramped up military drills, opened new radar stations and established military bases.
In April, Norwegian fishermen apprehended a mysterious beluga whale off the Arctic coast — and it was equipped with Russian surveillance equipment, the Times reported.
China, too, has designs on Greenland, having purchased a fleet of commercial ice-breakers to help carve out new routes for its silk trade, according to the BBC.
Greenland’s strategic significance is nothing new. In 1946, after the end of World War II, then President Harry S. Truman in consultation with his military commanders, first pitched the idea to Denmark of selling the island to the U.S.
In 1946, Truman’s military advisers recognized the geographic advantage Greenland could afford in defending against Soviet strategic bombers that might fly over the Arctic Circle toward targets in North America.