When we take a real close look at international trade both in the present and in the greater context of history, we see it not only represents relations of economic cooperation, but in most cases reflects the power dynamics between the nations. As international trade is expected to increase exponentially in the following decades and with the Arctic ice sheets that are expected to melt with some experts claiming as soon as 2030 for the Arctic Ocean ice to be almost completely gone during summer time which will open new major trade passage ways which may overshadow the Suez Canal itself, our main priority when it comes to foreign policy should not be fighting endless wars for Israel in the Middle East but to secure our place in this new future zone of opportunity. The USA could achieve this either through land acquisition near the Arctic and/or securing alliances with Arctic states.
When it comes to land acquisition, the most pragmatic choice I can envision is purchasing Greenland from Denmark (something Trump in August hinted at but nothing formally came from it). The territory is a deficit for the Danish government and the territory itself heavily relies on subsidies from Denmark to maintain its economy. Denmark will probably not sell unless the natives themselves agree to some degree. If we can convince the small Greenlandic population they will receive the same if not definitely more subsidies, as well as an array of different investments including infrastructure that will help them and their economy, I think this scenario could be achieved. The only other plausible scenario albeit less likely is if we acquire the western Canadian provinces and more importantly the arctic territories next to them. This could happen if something actually comes out of the recent Wexit movement.
We must to our best of capabilities ensure China doesn't gain a foothold in the Arctic. Disrupting their alliance with Russia is our best chance of achieving that. One of the main reasons Russia has been so friendly with China in the last years is due to the sanctions imposed to them by the US and Europe, leaving China as the only main viable trading partner. Regardless of what you think of Russia or the whole Crimean situation, it is not worth handing over China a major chess piece in the Geopolitical chessboard.
Hopefully our government can do what is necessary. Please let me know what you think.