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USA looking to buy Greenland?

Discussion in 'Personal' started by lanokia, Aug 16, 2019.

  1. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/trump-eyes-a-new-real-estate-purchase-greenland-11565904223?mod=e2tw

    Well I did a double take.

    I mean sure, the USA has expanded by land purchase in the past, Louisiana and Alaska are the two obvious examples...

    And yes it'd consolidate arctic territory as that region opens up to exploration... and as the ice sheet melts then the land under Greenland might be good for population resettlement....

    But still... not expecting that.

    Reminds me of the mid-1990s suggestion that the USA purchase Siberia from Russia.

    So could Greenland become the 51st state? Or the 52nd and they let in Puerto Rico and Greenland together?
     
  2. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    Hey, let's rape and pillage more fossil fuels!

    Trump will probably buy the Pacific next. And some air.
     
  3. FrankWolley

    FrankWolley Star commenter

    Anyone asked the Greeenlanders? ;)


    It is, after all, an autonomous part of Denmark and isn't part of the EU.
     
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  4. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    Could Trump find Greenland on a map?
     
  5. FrankWolley

    FrankWolley Star commenter

    He can't find is a.rse with both hands, so I doubt it...;)
     
  6. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    They'll ask them as much as they asked the Native Americans who lived in the Louisiana Purchase.

    It went so well for them.
     
  7. FrankWolley

    FrankWolley Star commenter


    Hopefully we've moved on a bit as regards human rights since 1803...
     
  8. primarycat

    primarycat Star commenter

    Depressingly true.
     
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  9. burajda

    burajda Star commenter

    Shift all that ice and build some golf courses
     
  10. Ivartheboneless

    Ivartheboneless Star commenter

    Having read the article in the Grauniad I was unsure whether this is the USA attempting to buy it as Trump's idea, or whether it is Trump incorporated sniffing round to satisfy the greed of his Trumpness. Either way, there is obviously an ulterior motive. And surely if it were to be switched to a nearer neighbour the obvious new owner would be Canada? Have I read somewhere there are vast coal reserves in Greenland (the name "Greenland" being a Viking joke, if you read some history, and an interesting spin on climate change as that is thought to be what killed the original Viking settlers)? Of course there are still indigenous peoples there.
     
  11. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    erm...

    >whispers<

    We haven't really.
     
  12. FrankWolley

    FrankWolley Star commenter


    Really...?o_O
     
  13. blue451

    blue451 Established commenter

    I'm not so sure we have, or at least that we haven't since regressed.
     
  14. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    Nah, you're right... we have progressed... I'm just feeling super pessimistic ...

    Just not convinced all our high and mighty principles really matter much when they come to be deep down tested ... thinking the use of torture in interrogation in the 'War on Terror'.
     
  15. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

    Maybe he's got mixed up with Iceland and thinks he's buying a frozen food retailer?
     
  16. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    Maybe he saw the word 'green' and thought it'd placate the environmental lobby.
     
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  17. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    He thinks Santa lives there!
     
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  18. dleaf12

    dleaf12 Senior commenter

    ??? eh!? He what ??? nah! you're making that up!
     
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  19. Duke of York

    Duke of York Star commenter

    Perhaps he's hoping to restart the cold war and wants somewhere cold to fight it on?
     
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  20. racroesus

    racroesus Star commenter

    It could set a precedent and we might see GB selling NI to the RoI without a vote.
     
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