In Tom Clancy’s Red Storm Rising, a key plotline was the taking of Iceland by the Soviets and the effort to re-open the GIUK Gap by NATO forces, including some US personnel that escaped the Soviet attack. Thanks to a “force reduction” in 2006, US forces pulled out and now the Russians might be moving in. Unfortunately, Murdoc’s Icelandic is a bit rusty, so we’ll have to rely on Alert 5:
Icelandic President Olafur Ragnar Grimsson shocked foreign diplomats at a lunch in Reykjavik on Nov. 7 when he offered the former Naval Air Station Keflavik to Russia.
Grimsson said that his country needs “new friends” and that Russia should be invited to use the former NATO airbase.
If this goes through, it will be disastrous for us. I expect that we’ll be making a counter-offer shortly. Which might be the whole point of offering it to the Russians.