The following is from an article, by Frank Jacobs, found over a year ago at the Big Think website (http://bigthink.com/strange-maps/the-world-according-to-trump). It was saved because of the maps. Reading it again this morning caused me to reflect upon how prescient the author was about what the future could possibly bring to US.
“I know the outer world exists”: from any other presidential candidate, that most basic of foreign policy affirmations would sound merely comical; from the mouth of Donald Trump, it sounds like a vague threat – especially to anyone in the ‘outer world’ (i.e. that not inconsiderable part of the planet outside the U.S.).”
“Trump’s foreign policy so far seems to rest on just two basic premises: keep that outer world out, and make it pay. The proposed Mexican Wall and a blanket ban on Muslims entering the U.S. are two examples of the former. On the latter point, Trump has called into question America’s strategic alliances and free trade agreements as ‘free rides’ for America’s military allies and economic rivals, respectively.”
“Under Trump, America would no longer be the policeman of the world; the U.S. should stop “paying to defend countries that can afford to defend themselves”; on the other hand, he has not ruled out using nuclear weapons in Europe, because “Europe is a big place”. Nor would China continue to “suck (America) dry”. Trump would “start taxing goods that come in from China”.
“Here are three maps painting the world according to Trump, in the grand tradition of cartography used to lampoon imperial arrogance and ignorance.”