Danger Room: How the U.S. Wins the Coming Arctic War

11.01.11

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by DAVID AXE

The strategic implications of steadily melting Arctic ice. It’s one of those perennial stories of the U.S. defense trade, alongside “the end of U.S. air supremacy,” “cyber Pearl Harbor” and “China conquers the world.”

The story always starts and ends the same way. Up top, how global climate change will, by 2015 or so, result in ice-free Arctic summers — allowing shipping and oil and natural-gas extraction. At the bottom, how the U.S. isn’t doing enough to secure its slice of the Arctic pie. I should know: in weaker moments, I’ve written this tale, too.

But the story, my versions included, usually omits two vital points: that Arctic conflict is unlikely to occur at all; and even if it does, the U.S. will have an overwhelming advantage over any rival.

The Washington Post was the latest to repeat the Arctic-war theme, in a story published yesterday. “The Arctic is believed to hold nearly a quarter of the world’s untapped natural resources and a new passage could shave as much as 40 percent of the time it takes for commercial shippers to travel from the Atlantic to the Pacific,” Jacquelyn Ryan wrote.

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  2. Prestwick says:

    Considering how Canada handles its subs I’m not exactly sure the United States has much to fear from its more grizzled hockey competitor.

  3. Wareye says:

    Arctic is indeed very important, but she belongs to the human world.

  4. Loic says:

    The Antartic Treaty System does NOT and never will apply to the NORTH pole.

  5. Onslo says:

    Since Denmark owns Greenland, the Arctic belongs to Denmark.

  6. Ming the Merciless says:

    Please, cut the crap.

    I live up there and if the climate got a little warmer for a while, it is now colder than ever with the ice expanding more than ever.

    Al Gore is a big fat idiot!

    I took these pictures in mid june in north Manitoba,
    with the summer TWO MONTHS LATE!!!

    What? not enough SUV emissions and cow farts…jeez!!!

    You hippies are pathetics!!!

  7. Ming the Merciless says:

    Here at the North Seal River, Mid June 2009

    http://i.imgur.com/97H9B.jpg

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