WSJ reporter says Greenland has enormous natural resources, and has great economic and strategic military interests
"It's almost a question of why wouldn't the U.S. want it?"
Naysayers ask, "Why"?
Doers and builders ask, "Why not?" pic.twitter.com/RCZwJJft2L
— Elizabeth Harrington (@LizRNC) August 16, 2019
Greenland might not be for sale, but the ice-covered island is strategically crucial to American national security and will likely play an important role as the United States, Russia, and China compete in the Arctic.
President Trump has reportedly expressed interest in making an offer on the massive, self-governed region, which is part of the Kingdom of Denmark. The island has been crucial to U.S. homeland defense for decades and will likely increase in importance as the Pentagon refocuses on great power competition after years concentrating on counterterrorism.
“The U.S. [presence] that’s currently in Greenland is absolutely vital to the defense of North America,” Luke Coffey, director of the Heritage Foundation’s Allison Center for Foreign Policy, told the Washington Examiner. “It provides the key early warning system for ballistic missile defense. So in that sense, it’s a very important piece of real estate.”
“However, it’s not for sale,” he added.
Greenland’s foreign affairs ministry confirmed that Friday, saying that while the island is very interested in boosting trade and tourism, it’s not interested in being bought outright.