Skip to comments.'Perverse' defence cuts leave oil-rich Falkland Islands open to attack, ex-admirals warn
Posted on 11/10/2010 6:22:11 AM PST by C19fan
A group of former Royal Navy chiefs have urged the Government to reverse its decision to scrap the aircraft carrier Ark Royal and the fleet of Harrier jets. The commanders said the recently-announced defence cuts would leave the oil-rich Falkland Islands open to a fresh Argentinian attack 'from which British prestige...might never recover'. In a strongly worded letter to the Times signatories including former Navy boss Lord West, insisted the David Cameron was badly advised before agreeing to the measures.
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I'm sure the U.S. is about 20 years from the same thing. You can't have a strong defense w/o a first world economy to back it up. $oro$ and his progressive puppets want to "level the playing field", however there's no such thing as a level playing field.
You would think the Brits would see the sense in protecting the oil.
Guns versus welfare state. Pay people to do nothing and put your troops on welfare. Pay people to have dumb fat kids and then employ people to nanny them. Allow illegal immigration and chain immigration of thurd worlders and pay to house them and care for them.
What a business model for a failed state.
Does Kirchner's Argentina actually have the military might to exploit British weakness?
I have my doubts about that.
Does any one have an informed opinion to offer on Argentina's military power projection capability?
At the current rate of British military decline, I and about 6 friends could commandeer the entire island and hold it for 6 months by simply having one lawyer on every beachhead and air strip.
There is a heavily armed garrison of 500 troops on the island and air and sea defence, as well as plenty of air and sea cover to be be sent to the islands if necessary.
An Argentine invasion since 1982 would be/would have been cut to ribbons on the beach.
Their military has more or less experienced qualitative degradation since the ‘82 war. Their air force uses the same Mirage-series and A-4 Skyhawks used in that conflict with a few upgrades while their aircraft carrier was decommissioned earlier this decade.
Basically, it would probably be true to say that Britain would struggle to retake the Falklands if the Argies ever took it, but the Argies taking it would be far, FAR more difficult for them and probably impossible given their current state.
The Falklanders have already stated that they are 'satisfied' with Britain's capabilities for defending them. If they had any reason whatsoever to believe that Britain's capabilities against Argentine aggression were inadequate, they would be screaming about it louder than anyone. It would take a drastic increase in the Argentine defence budget to render them capable of posing a threat again, and I can't see them doing it any time soon, not least because they are essentially a second-world South American banana republic whose economic management skills are even worse than ours....