... the Arctic Sea (from which to access both Atlantic and Pacific with no "straits" to run through)
We're talking about carriers here, right? How many of those do you think the Russians can run through the Artic, let alone most of the other places you mentioned, in the winter?
Spoken like a real self-obsessed, greed worshipping USian.
You probably consider yourself very enlightened and open minded.
You scratch my tape, and I'll scratch yours.