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'Perverse' defence cuts leave oil-rich Falkland Islands open to attack, ex-admirals warn
Daily Mail ^ | November 10, 2010 | Staff

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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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: argentina; falklands
I am sure that rhymes with witch Kirchner is observing how the Royal Navy is being reduced to a coastal defense force.
1 posted on 11/10/2010 6:22:17 AM PST by C19fan
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I am sure that rhymes with witch Kirchner is observing how the Royal Navy is being reduced to a coastal defense force.

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.

2 posted on 11/10/2010 6:25:52 AM PST by YankeeReb
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You would think the Brits would see the sense in protecting the oil.


3 posted on 11/10/2010 6:30:53 AM PST by Anti-Bubba182
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If they aren't going to defend the islands they should just sell them to Argentina. At least get some cash for the territory rather than just getting it taken from you. The liberal social programs have destroyed England. And now the repo man is coming for the last vestiges of their empire.
4 posted on 11/10/2010 6:37:25 AM PST by GonzoGOP (There are millions of paranoid people in the world and they are all out to get me.)
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To: Anti-Bubba182

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.


5 posted on 11/10/2010 6:46:41 AM PST by Oldexpat
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While I hate to see the RN get gutted, let's ask a realistic counter-question...

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?

6 posted on 11/10/2010 6:52:54 AM PST by Lysandru
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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.


7 posted on 11/10/2010 7:01:42 AM PST by Noamie
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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.


8 posted on 11/10/2010 7:06:40 AM PST by the scotsman (I)
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To: Lysandru

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.


9 posted on 11/10/2010 8:00:47 AM PST by sukhoi-30mki
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They have no aircraft carrier or amphibious assault vessels and the most sophisitcated aircraft they have is Dassault Mirage 5, which they have about 9 of. The British garrison consists of 4 Eurofighter Typhoons, which could wipe out the entire Argentine airforce single-handed even if they all came at once, as well as 500 service personel (with scope for thousands more to be strategically airlifted in at short notice if tensions should seriously start to rise) plus AEW aircraft and tankers, Rapier Missile systems etc. In naval terms, their is always at least one frigate or destroyer based in the area, plus a Castle-class patrol vessel permanently stationed, as well as 1 or 2 SSNs in the area that could locate, intercept and destroy any Argentine ship that dared to enter any exclusion zone that the British might put up.
Despite British neglect of their armed forces, the Argentine decline has been even more marked. They no longer have an aircraft carrier, and their sole amphibious cargo ship consists of a single 10,000 ton vessel.

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....

10 posted on 11/11/2010 3:20:01 PM PST by sinsofsolarempirefan
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