Trump’s Greenland Idea Fit Well in the MAGA Theme!

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Trump's Greenland Idea Fit Well in the MAGA Theme!

USA -(Ammoland.com)- To those of us of who learned our U.S. history from texts in the 1940s and '50s, President Donald Trump's brainstorm of acquiring Greenland fits into a venerable tradition of American expansionism.

The story begins with colonial officer George Washington's march out toward Fort Duquesne in 1754 and crushing defeat and near death at Fort Necessity, where, according to myth, he fired the first shot of what would become the French and Indian War.

With the British victory, Washington went home to Virginia, only to be called back in 1775 to lead the Continental Army in America's War of Independence, which lasted six years, until the victory at Yorktown.

With the 1783 Treaty of Paris, the Americans won title to all the land between the Atlantic and Mississippi, from Canada to Florida.

Twenty years later, in 1803, President Thomas Jefferson and Secretary of State James Madison seized Napoleon's offer and bought for $15 million the vast Louisiana Territory extending from New Orleans into Canada and so far west it virtually doubled the size of the United States.

In 1818, Andrew Jackson, hero of the Battle of New Orleans in the War of 1812, was ordered by President James Monroe to march south to repel the murderous forays by Seminole Indians from Florida into Georgia.

Exceeding his orders, Jackson stormed into Florida, crushed the Seminoles, hanged two British “spies” he found there, put the Spanish governor on a boat to Cuba and came home, a national hero again, after almost igniting another war with the British.

Secretary of State John Quincy Adams now coolly confronted the Spanish. If they could not control the Indians, Adams told the Spanish ambassador, we would. And to avoid more visits by General Jackson, the best solution for Madrid was to cede this derelict province to the United States.

Spain capitulated. Florida was ours.

In 1835, American settlers in the Mexican province of Texas, under the leadership of Jackson's old lieutenant and fellow Indian fighter Sam Houston, seceded. At San Jacinto, they forced General Santa Anna to accept the independence of a new Lone Star Republic.

In his last days in office in 1845, President John Tyler brought Texas into the Union, and his successor, James Polk, sent an army to Texas to ensure that the U.S. border was now the Rio Grande, much farther south than the Mexicans claimed it to be.

In the subsequent 1846-48 war, the U.S. army invaded Mexico and marched to the capital, where Nicholas Trist of the State Department negotiated a peace whereby Mexico ceded half of its country — what became the American Southwest, plus California.

President Ulysses S. Grant, a veteran of that war, would call it the “most unjust war ever fought.” Yet, Mexico would, in the Gadsden Purchase of 1853, sell an area twice the size of Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island combined. It would become part of the states of New Mexico and Arizona.

The Mexicans even offered to sell Baja California for $10 million. Congress declined the offer, saying we now had quite enough land.

When the Civil War ended, Secretary of State William Seward — who narrowly survived an assassination attempt the night John Wilkes Booth murdered Lincoln — sought to buy the islands of Greenland, Iceland, St. Thomas and the Dominican Republic. He failed, but he bought Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million, putting himself in the history books.

Thus, from the day President John Adams left office, in just 67 years, America had grown to become the world's second – or third-largest nation.

After the Spanish-American War of 1898, William McKinley would make us an imperial power by annexing Puerto Rico, Hawaii, Guam and the Philippines, the last in a brutal war that cost 200,000 Filipino lives.

McKinley's successor, Theodore Roosevelt, would engineer the secession of Panama from Colombia and America's acquisition of the Canal Zone.

“I took Panama!” boasted T.R.

Ronald Reagan's opposition to Jimmy Carter's transfer of the Canal Zone and the canal itself to Panama would prove crucial to Reagan's 1980 nomination and rout of Carter in a 44-state landslide.

Harry Truman also wanted to acquire Greenland, and in 1946, he offered Denmark $100 million in gold. The Danes declined, though they had sold the Virgin Islands to Woodrow Wilson in 1917.

How, then, did America acquire her vast territory?

By revolution, purchase, invasions, annexations, war, theft and expulsions — of French, British, Mexicans, Spanish and Native Americans. Quite a record.

While Trump's diplomacy in the Greenland matter was not as deft as Seward's in acquiring Alaska, the attitude exhibited would not be unfamiliar to many of the great men in our history.

And the cancellation of Trump's state visit to Copenhagen aside, this issue of Greenland's future has been tabled. It is not going away.

After all, China, the aspiring superpower of the 21st century, has exhibited an interest in this largest island on Earth, strategically located between Europe and America, amid the Arctic and Atlantic oceans.

Methinks the Danes are headed for interesting times.


Pat Buchanan
Patrick J .Buchanan

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of the new book “Nixon's White House Wars: The Battles That Made and Broke a President and Divided America Forever.”

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    Bob Sadtler
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    Bob Sadtler

    Can we please, PLEASE foist Hawaii off on the Japanese first?

    Whatzit
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    Whatzit

    While we’re at it, let’s send California back to Mexico. Then scrub our maps with Iodine.

    tomcat
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    tomcat

    I remember when I was in the military if a person got stationed in Greenland it was because they were a screw up. At least that is what the rumor was.

    tomcat
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    tomcat

    If Greenland got into the wrong hands it might not be good for us, strategically. It would be a good place to build a missile base. I agree with what JPM says about quit giving money to countries that hate us. All we are doing is making rulers richer.

    JPM
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    JPM

    Take all the tax dollars wasted every year being provided to countries who hate us, don’t help us, who give nothing back in return and the money wasted on benefits to illegals and use it to pay for Greenland and there will be enough to raise the bid if needed and enough left over the help homeless veterans and American citizens who need homes and medical care.

    ConfusedForeignGirl
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    ConfusedForeignGirl

    This will probably get me a bunch of downvotes but I have family in Greenland and Denmark and the general consensus is that everyone can fuck off and leave us the hell alone.

    Wild Bill
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    Wild Bill

    @CFG, First, I thought that you said that you were a naturalized American. So I do not understand why you’d be upset. Second, I don’t know the status of Greenlanders, but the island belongs to Denmark, and Denmark can sell the island if they want. Third, the USA has been Denmark’s real-estate customer, before. And the purchase of what is now the US Virgin Islands went swimmingly for all involved. Fourth, the Chinese want Greenland for its location. If the Chinese want it, they won’t buy it. Fifth, the Chinese hold an old belief that the people in a conquered… Read more »

    ConfusedForeignGirl
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    ConfusedForeignGirl

    I am now. I was expressing the opinions of my family that lives over there. I’m quite aware Greenland belongs to Denmark, but Denmark has been giving more autonomy to Greenland for a while now. And as for telling China to fuck off, well a lot of them feel the same as telling that to America won’t get it to leave them alone either. If a foreign power decided it wanted to buy a chunk of America, I’m sure lots of Americans would be up in outrage, despite saying another country also wants to buy this land and they aren’t… Read more »

    Wild Bill
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    Wild Bill

    @Confused, You are the family spokesperson? You are the spokesperson for the people of Greenland? You are the spokesperson for Denmark? When the People of Greenland tell China to fuck off, will Denmark protect them? When the armed forces of the United States come to the rescue of Greenland, will they tell the US to fuck off? When America rebuilt Europe, we took over nothing. When America rescued Cuba, France (twice), Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg (all twice), the nations of the Pacific, China (twice), Panama, Kuwait, Iraq and many others we took not one acre of land nor a penny of… Read more »

    ConfusedForeignGirl
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    ConfusedForeignGirl

    Holy crap, calm down. All I said is they don’t want to sell Greenland to America. Stop getting all up in arms because they don’t want to sell. And no I’m not a spokesperson, this is just what I’ve been told by friends and family. Denmark and Greenland ALREADY told trump that it wasn’t for sale. If China were to invade, yes I would assume the US would assist because THATS WHAT ALLIES DO, Just as Denmark and the rest of Europe would send help if the US was invaded. And by the way, we already have what you would… Read more »

    Wild Bill
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    Wild Bill

    @Confused, I am calm. I am just asking logical questions. You have not answered them. Your statements are based upon unknowing assumptions, e.g. “… Europe would send help if the US…” Europe would not send help because they have no help to send. Only US provided NATO funds pay for their tiny, impotent, armed forces. I have see this with my own eyes.
    Denmark sold the Virgin Islands to us, and Denmark would sell Greenland to us under the right circumstances, and for the right price.

    gcm
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    gcm

    @wb, at least she got her name right.

    Wild Bill
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    Wild Bill

    @gcm, Yes, she did!

    Colie
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    Colie

    I done joint military exercises’ With the Danish army and view them as bein an outstanding force. They might have stood up to a Warsaw Pact invasion for half a day at most. Because they are just too small.
    By the way they are good beer drinking party people!

    Terry
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    Terry

    I would stop trying to explain your just going to get in deeper.

    Colie
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    Colie

    What do you mean by “WE?”

    Terry
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    Terry

    Well we did take a little land in several of these.
    Just enough to bury our dead.

    I recall a story of an old soldier that got off the plane in France. The customs officer was harassing him for not being able to find his passport quick enough. The old soldier said well I didn’t need a passport the last time I was in France. Customs officer said he was wrong Francis always required a passport. The old soldier said that when he hit the beach he couldn’t find a Frenchman to show any paper work to at all.

    Colie
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    Colie

    The people who had us pull their chestnuts out of the fire were very appreciative of our help. Unfortunately they are now gone. The youngsters that replaced them have failed to pass on the history. Denmark is not the only country, even the U.S.A. has failed to pass on the history.

    Colie
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    Colie

    Tell her. She should read some history! Did we not save their bacon during WW 2? Did the commie China help them?

    Terry
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    Terry

    Oh I don’t know I might want to put California on the action block.

    LOL

    HoundDogDave
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    HoundDogDave

    The problem with California is not the land but the people on it. Even if you sell it off the people there still hold U.S. citizenship. They will just cross the Rockies and infect the central US with their politics. What we need is for the BIG ONE to hit and dump them all into the Pacific Ocean.

    Colie
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    Colie

    We just have to say “NO JOSE!”

    Colie
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    Colie

    ISN’T THERE SOMETHING IN OUR HISTORY CALLED THE ” MONROW DOCTORN?” At least something like that?

    Whatzit
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    Whatzit

    Well, unfortunately, that’s not how the world works. Someone will eventually score Greenland from Denmark, and better to us than China.