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Old 08-21-2019, 02:16 PM
 
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If Trump somehow managed to buy Greenland, it would make me proud as an American. We'd expend our borders, have a new cool vacation destination without the need of a passport.
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Old 08-21-2019, 02:18 PM
 
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China is looking at it, hope they turn them down. Actually, I think Greenland votes on independence in a year or two anyway.
I don't think the natives want independence. They're basically bribed by the government of Denmark to have a cushy, easy life. Have you ever seen how some of those natives live up in Alaska? They get free checks from the government so they don't need to work. Life for them is just about fishing, hunting, atving, and long trips to Hawaii.
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Old 08-21-2019, 02:20 PM
 
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If Trump somehow managed to buy Greenland, it would make me proud as an American. We'd expend our borders, have a new cool vacation destination without the need of a passport.
Well, I don't think like you. I don't feel the need for the USA to become an empire in the tradition of the British Empire. I wouldn't be proud at all. We have territories, and from what I've heard, some people want to get rid of Puerto Rico. What would be the point of buying Greenland.
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Old 08-21-2019, 02:21 PM
 
Location: alexandria, VA
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If Trump somehow managed to buy Greenland, it would make me proud as an American. We'd expend our borders, have a new cool vacation destination without the need of a passport.
Well, if arctic wasteland is your idea of a vacation paradise we already have Alaska. I hear the Brooks Range is nice this time of year.
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Old 08-21-2019, 02:22 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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We don’t need to buy it. Just build a military base there then announce that our citizens can travel without a passport. Then let our businesses start moving there. What is Denmark going to do?
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Old 08-21-2019, 02:23 PM
 
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Well, if arctic wasteland is your idea of a vacation paradise we already have Alaska. I hear the Brooks Range is nice this time of year.
A lot of Greenland is beautiful. I watched it over a plane as I flew to Europe many times. Haven't been there, but could tell from the plane that there are plenty of fjords, mountains, glaciers and natural beauty. Alaska has that too, of course. I've been to Alaska, loved it. But no harm in adding more.
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Old 08-21-2019, 02:23 PM
 
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Well, if arctic wasteland is your idea of a vacation paradise we already have Alaska. I hear the Brooks Range is nice this time of year.
That's right. We have a place with some similarities to Greenland. Actually, Alaska has very diverse landscapes and climates relative to Denmark. If one wants their Arctic fix, one can go to the town of Utqiagvik.
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Old 08-21-2019, 02:24 PM
 
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All this angst, chest beating and hair pulling, I doubt there was much notice when we bought the US Virgin Islands, (the Danish West Indies), from Denmark in 1917.

Of course Trump wasn't President then, democrat Woodrow Wilson was, so that was OK.
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Old 08-21-2019, 02:24 PM
 
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A lot of Greenland is beautiful. I watched it over a plane as I flew to Europe many times. Haven't been there, but could tell from the plane that there are plenty of fjords, mountains, glaciers and natural beauty. Alaska has that too, of course. I've been to Alaska, loved it. But no harm in adding more.
Why would you want more? What is the point? What are you getting out of it besides more land area and some place to travel to? What can you get from Greenland that you can't get from Alaska?
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Old 08-21-2019, 02:28 PM
 
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Why would you want more? What is the point? What are you getting out of it besides more land area and some place to travel to? What can you get from Greenland that you can't get from Alaska?
You listed two reasons that are good enough for me: The USA is bigger, also another place to travel to. Not that I couldn't travel to Greenland now, but it would be easier to anyway this way.
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