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Greenland gimmick?

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By John J. Metzler

NEW YORK ― It's the summer silly season in the media; see what purports to be serious news from the eternal campaigning for the Iowa Caucus, to bizarre Washington antics, or the wildest of all: Donald Trump wants to buy Greenland!

Given that most of the country can't even find the Arctic island, nor has even the remotest idea that the purchase plan was actually tried by President Harry Truman just after World War II, the concept that an American president would want to buy an ice-bound island seems the grist of folly or a gimmick.

Former Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen said: "It has to be an April Fool's joke ... totally out of season!" It would appear so. But wait!

When the U.S. purchased Alaska from Imperial Russia in 1867, the land deal was derided as Seward's Folly, to shame the secretary of state who pursued what was viewed at the time as a stupid and reckless gamble squandering $7 million for 578,000 worthless square miles of ice, tundra and mountains.

Since Greenland belongs to the kingdom of Denmark, let's recall that in 1917, as America entered World War I, Woodrow Wilson's administration bought the Danish Virgin Islands for a princely........

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