Donald Trump has floated the idea that the United States should buy Greenland from Denmark. Apparently the Danes are finding the subsidies required to be a bit high so why shouldn’t the richest nation on Earth take over the burden? Or, perhaps, there’s a change of being able to piss off the Canadians.
It’s not actually all that stupid an idea. The US has in fact bought about one third – near a half even – of its land area over history. Lots more was stolen from Mexico as well as that original $24 spent on buying Manhattan.[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]Donald Trump ‘has discussed buying Greenland from Denmark'[/perfectpullquote]
It’s perhaps worth noting that he’s not in fact asked Denmark about it as yet:[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””] Donald Trump has discussed trying to buy Greenland from Denmark as a way to expand US territory, according to US reports. The US president’s proposal, which was first reported in the Wall Street Journal, has come with “varying degrees of seriousness”, though he has apparently gone as far as seeking the view of the White House counsel. last year at which he said he had heard Denmark found the financial support to the territory burdensome, the Journal reported. Suggesting the US purchase the island, he reportedly asked the other guests: “What do you guys think about that?” [/perfectpullquote]
There will be those who fall about laughing at this. And then there will be those who know some history. The US is about 4 million square miles – a little less perhaps. They bought the 830,000 square miles of the middle of the country from France for $15 million. It’s the South West they stole from Mexico. And they also bought the 600,000 sq m of Alaska off the Russians for, what was it, $7 million?
Somewhere inbetween a third and a half of the place was in fact purchased – bought legally. Why not buy the next bit too?