Okay, look, every part is melting and/or on fireplace proper now, however right here’s one thing no person noticed coming.
The Wall Avenue Journal reported Thursday that President Donald Trump is contemplating having the US simply purchase Greenland. Sure, Greenland. All of it.
Greenland — as I’m certain you all know — is that piece of land in the midst of the ocean in your maps that appears big however is definitely solely form of big. Excellent news, Gall–Peters projection map followers: Your day has arrived.
In accordance with the WSJ, it’s not solely clear how severe the president is about going by means of with Seward’s Folly 2.zero.
“In conferences, at dinners and in passing conversations, Mr. Trump has requested advisers whether or not the U.S. can purchase Greenland, listened with curiosity once they talk about its considerable sources and geopolitical significance, and, based on two of the folks, has requested his White Home counsel to look into the concept,” the paper famous.
Whereas the president’s advisers are apparently cut up on whether or not that is an precise factor or a little bit of passing curiosity for Trump, the US buying Greenland can be one of many greatest expansions of US territory in over a century.
The territory is usually self-ruled, however its international coverage and safety choices are made in Denmark. The US has apparently thought-about buying Greenland earlier than, together with as not too long ago as 1946 when president Harry Truman supplied $100 million in gold to buy it. Alas, poor Harry, he didn’t reach shopping for the ice sheet–lined landmass, however the US does have a army base there the place it principally has free reign. In order that’s good.
The State Division didn’t instantly reply to a BuzzFeed Information request for touch upon whether or not the US has raised this subject with the Danes at any degree.
Now we might debate whether or not the selection is an efficient strategic one — the US has been in competitors with Russia and China over sources within the Arctic — or one which makes good financial sense — Greenland apparently requires over $500 million from Denmark yearly simply to maintain on maintaining on. We might talk about what it will imply for the 56,000 folks residing in Greenland if the US purchases their land — would they acquire citizenship or simply grow to be one other territory with out illustration? — or what kind of environmental hurt the US would possibly trigger when extracting the sources that Greenland possesses — the ice there’s melting at an alarming charge this yr, a harbinger of issues to return.
However that’s actually not what we’re right here for right now — we’re right here to acknowledge that the concept the US might simply buy one thing as expansive as Greenland is bizarre in 2019. And that’s precisely what Twitter has acknowledged in pressure.
So, somewhat than going by means of the motions of treating this severely, let’s all simply reminisce on many US-born millennials’ first reminiscence of Greenland: this scene from the basic movie D2: The Mighty Geese.