Yes, Trump Wants to “Buy” Greenland – and for Very Good Reasons
The story finally leaked that the Trump administration was in strategic trade talks with the Danish government over Greenland. The howls from the media were even more ridiculous than usual.
President Trump was described as a megalomaniac, a villain in a James Bond movie and an arrogant lunatic who wants to rule the world. The news reports even prompted the Danish Prime Minister to issue a biting response: “Greenland is not for sale.”
Really? Then why did the Danish Prime Minister fly to communist China in 2017 and try to sell Greenland to them?
Trump wasn’t actually attempting to “buy” Greenland, any more than China was. This is really a story about strategic trade negotiations.
As usual, Trump is playing 3D chess on the world stage. The media can’t slow down, take a deep breath and report on this story accurately, because that would require criticizing the hapless and bumbling Obama administration on yet another one of its massive policy failures.
China was very interested in a deal with the Danish government to build three international airports in Greenland. The Danish PM was practically begging the state-owned Chinese banks to make this deal, but she quickly discovered that she was trying to make a deal with the devil.
China wanted ludicrous strategic and military concessions on Greenland, in exchange for the money to build those airports.
What Trump understands and what most Americans don’t, is that China has been voraciously gobbling up precious metals for the past 20 years. State-owned Chinese mining companies own practically all the rare and precious metal mining operations in Australia, for example.
They’ve also captured mining markets in Africa and South America. Greenland would have been China’s first foothold in North America, if the 2017 airport deal had not been torpedoed by then-Secretary of State James Mattis.
Why is China gobbling up mineral reserves around the world? Because those metals are used in vital manufacturing components – everything from military hardware to smartphone electronics and electric cars.
And while China has spent decades gobbling up those resources in other countries, Barack Obama spent his first six years in the White House doing everything he could to shut down the last lead smelting operation in America.
Obama won that battle by having the Environmental Protection Agency regulate the lead smelting plant in Doe Run, Missouri out of business. Lead is of course used to produce a couple of minor, insignificant things in America like bullets and car batteries.
America must now rely on recycled car batteries and imports of lead from foreign countries, thanks to the environmental zealotry of Barack Obama. And when we go to foreign countries to try to procure lead through trade agreements, we have to approach communist China with our hand out.
Nice going, as always, Obama. That is so monumentally, epically stupid that it bears repeating: When American wants lead to produce enough ammunition for the US military, we have to ask China for it.
Greenland is one of the last remaining untapped sources of rare earth metals which China has not already procured the rights to. The Danish government, which is populated with European Union environmental zealots, has prevented Greenland’s economy from diversifying.
While Greenland is not a poor country by global standards, the people there don’t have the opportunity for much advancement, because 91% of their exports are fish. Just fish.
Due to their environmental piety, the Danish government has been strangling Greenland’s economy for decades by keeping it as a big nature preserve. The Danes haven’t allowed the vast oil and mineral wealth of the small island nation to be accessed. This allows the Danes to keep the people of Greenland trapped like impoverished zoo animals, while virtue signaling that they are “protecting the environment.”
The truth is that Greenland could see tremendous economic growth and tourism if someone does eventually build some new airports and open the oil, natural gas and mineral reserves there.
That will happen eventually, and it could be a very good thing for the people of Greenland. The only question is which superpower will manage to “buy Greenland” and help make it happen – America or the brutal communist regime in China.
We should all be praying for Trump to win that fight, before China is able to start building missile bases in North America.