I agree with the article that the purchase of Greenland would be a strategic coup for the USA, and I’m kinda surprised that the Danes and Greenlanders didn’t want to hear what Trump had to say.
I don’t think there’s anything wrong with Trump’s strategy. That deal could be a win-win-win for Greenland, Denmark and the USA. He just screwed up the deal on the human side, as usual, with his bungling, rants and insults.
In the position of the USA, the deal should be doable. Here’s what you offer: in addition to whatever amount is agreed by Denmark, the USA offers a quarter of a million dollars, tax-free to every single inhabitant of Greenland. That’s 14 billion dollars – chicken feed for the USA. Family of eight? You get two million dollars. You’re rich. No more spending your life on a boat in freezing temperatures, hoping for a good daily catch. You also get the status of US citizenship, which allows you to stay in Greenland or take your money to Des Moines or Orlando, if that suits you.
And if you don’t want to be an American, you can still take the money and move to Denmark, where a quarter of a million dollars will buy you a lot of pølser.
And not only that, but we really won’t disrupt your life very much if you choose to stay. Your prime minister just gets the new title of “governor,” and life goes on as before. We don’t care about your cod and salmon. We’re just interesting in building mines, naval stations, commercial ports, and research facilities. You can keep catching those cod, if you want, or you can sell your cod businesses to American entrepreneurs and head for South Beach. If you dread South Beach because you just can’t do without those freezing temperatures and fishing, you’ll find that a Minnesota winter is just as cold and wet and miserable as Greenland. And you may find Alaska very hospitable.
Let the Greenlanders vote on it. I’m pretty sure that offer will get a resounding “yes” from them. As for Denmark, they may talk big now, but if 95% of Greenlanders want the deal, Denmark will pretty much have to come to the table with an offer of some kind. At that point it’s just a matter of negotiation.