U.S. will lose race across the Arctic Sea without more icebreakers | Opinion | The Seattle Times

THERE’S a race across the Arctic, and the United States is losing.

A half-century after racing the Russians to the moon, the U.S. is barely suiting up in the international race to secure interests in the Arctic. Russia, Canada and other nations are investing heavily. We are behind and falling further back.

A lot of people in Washington, D.C., still think about the United States as an Atlantic nation. Those of us on the West Coast know we are an Asia-Pacific nation. Too few realize we are also an Arctic nation, an oversight that has translated to a failure to invest in our national interests in the region.

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