Get­ting nasty

The Prince George Citizen - - Opinion -

Daniel Dres­ner’s laugh­able col­umn in the Aug. 20 Cit­i­zen about U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s wish to buy Green­land ig­nores the fact it would take a dol­lar value some­where in the neigh­bour­hood of say $23 tril­lion, roughly com­pa­ra­ble to the U.S. na­tional debt ceil­ing. Given the fresh wa­ter re­sources and other min­eral re­sources there, and so many arid states in Trump’s voter base I am re­minded of NAWAPA, (North Amer­i­can Wa­ter and Power Au­thor­ity), in the 1960s where the U.S. wanted to dam up the whole Rocky Moun­tain Trench to wa­ter the U.S. South­west.

Could this be a re­turn to Amer­ica be­com­ing great by re­turn­ing to it’s ex­ploitive past?

Or does he think Congress will en­dorse this idea and give him money he can re­di­rect to build­ing a wall?

More likely Trump’s think­ing is much sim­pler. He may want to switch chan­nels given eco­nomic wars with China, fall­ing stock prices, likely per­sonal tax rev­e­la­tions or a small coun­try like Den­mark say­ing no to him – an answer he termed “nasty.” I guess in his warped think­ing call­ing Hil­lary Clin­ton “Crooked Hil­lary” or fir­ing staff for dis­agree­ing with him isn’t nasty?

Call­ing the last elec­tion “rigged” be­fore his win­ning results and still ac­cept­ing the re­sult shows a man of no con­vic­tion. Had his son-in-law or daugh­ter been killed in the Saudi em­bassy in Turkey, rather than a Mus­lim Amer­i­can jour­nal­ist, we might re­ally have seen “nasty.”

As likely as not, Trump wants to buy Green­land be­cause his Aryan co­horts have prob­a­bly told him all the bears in that re­gion are white with no blacks or browns to deal with, not un­like his treat­ment of Puerto Rico af­ter Hur­ri­cane Maria.

Alan Martin, Prince Ge­orge

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