President Trump was widely derided for his attempt to buy Greenland, but Sen. Tom Cotton is keeping the faith—possibly because he is believed to be the one who gave Trump the idea in the first place. In a New York Times op-ed, the Republican argues that Trump is "crazy like a fox" and buying Greenland "would secure vital strategic interests for the United States, economically benefit both us and Greenlanders, and would be in keeping with American—and Danish—diplomatic traditions." Cotton, who accuses Trump's critics of "historical ignorance," notes that American policymakers have long been interested in acquiring the island and boasts: "I myself raised the prospect of acquiring Greenland with the Danish ambassador just last year."
Cotton—ignoring the fact that Greenland is not for sale—argues that "the negotiated acquisition of sovereignty is a longstanding and perfectly legitimate tool of statecraft," citing examples from the 19th and early 20th centuries. He argues that America is much more capable than Denmark of developing Greenland's economy. Buying Greenland, he says, would "alleviate a significant financial burden on the Danish people while expanding opportunities for Greenlanders." "Our nation has much to gain, as do the Danes and Greenlanders," he concludes. "While there are short-term obstacles, the same benefits could apply for Greenland today—and the manifest logic of this idea means that its consideration is here to stay." (Read more Greenland stories.)