What?!? Was Novak born yesterday? I followed that little war closely and the talk at the time was how slow and deliberate the Brits were taking things, in order to give diplomacy time to work. It took forever for the fleet to arrive at the Falklands once it left England. The Argentines were given every opportunity to reconsider.
You are absolutey correct. I recall the attack fleet was described as advancing at a "diplomatic speed" while they simultaneously carried out training for the Air Force Harrier pilots to get time landing on a moving ship.
And once the shooting started, the press did their best to wring their hands over the Harrier losses, helicopter losses, and of course the loss of the HMS Sheffield.
As I recall it, there was no cheering of Thatcher until the shooting was over.