Denmark is a very special country with incredible people, but based on Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen’s comments, that she would have no interest in discussing the purchase of Greenland, I will be postponing our meeting scheduled in two weeks for another time….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 20, 2019
Is it to have lots of new farmland in case of massive Global Warming?
Trump Greenland Greens Golf Club?
Is it to terrify the Russians by being able to put American nuclear weapons at the Thule AFB in northern Greenland? Thule is only 2 hours from St. Petersburg by subsonic jetliner. Perhaps in a future world of hypersonic cruise missiles, Greenland would have some particular advantages since Russia is so far north.
The Thule AFB is only 1,400 kilometers (870 miles) from Russia’s Severomorsk naval base, home of the Northern Fleet, in the Murmansk Oblast.
Does the U.S. keep nuclear weapons at Thule Air Force Base presently? This Wikipedia article on the 1968 crash of a burning B-52 trying to make it to Thule for an emergency landing, in which four nuclear warheads were (hopefully only temporarily) lost, mentions:
The report also confirmed that the United States stockpiled nuclear weapons in Greenland until 1965, contradicting assurances by Danish foreign minister Niels Helveg Petersen that the weapons were in Greenland’s airspace, but never on the ground. The DUPI report also revealed details of Project Iceworm, a hitherto secret United States Army plan to store up to 600 nuclear missiles under the Greenland ice cap.
Project Iceworm is a new one for me, but it deserves a hallowed place in my list of dementedly grandiose Cold War ideas:
Project Iceworm was a top secret United States Army program of the Cold War, which aimed to build a network of mobile nuclear missile launch sites under the Greenland ice sheet. The ultimate objective of placing medium-range missiles under the ice — close enough to strike targets within the Soviet Union — was kept secret from the Government of Denmark. To study the feasibility of working under the ice, a highly publicized “cover” project, known as Camp Century, was launched in 1960. Unstable ice conditions within the ice sheet caused the project to be canceled in 1966.