Skip to comments.Argentina's president will use Falklands as key to re-election
Posted on 03/13/2011 2:29:25 PM PDT by bruinbirdman
Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, Argentina's president, is using her refusal to appoint an ambassador to Britain as demonstration of her hardline on the Falkland Islands, a key plank of her platform for election in October.
Tensions over the sovereignty of the Falklands have increased since British companies began drilling for oil in the region just over a year ago.
Argentina responded last August by abandoning plans to install a new ambassador in London and reports in Buenos Aires now indicate that none will be appointed this year.
Political analysts said the decision suggested that President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner could stoke up popular resentment about Britain's stance on the Falklands to help win crucial votes in the October poll.
The Argentine government has continued to dispute British sovereignty over the archipelago since its 1982 invasion was defeated.
Prof Mark Jones, an expert in Latin American politics at Rice University in Texas, said Mrs Kirchner's government was likely to use "zealous rhetoric" about the Falklands.
"Kirchner will use the Falklands issue to score political points with the electorate as well as to distract public opinion from topics that are potentially damaging for the Government," he said.
Argentina has not had an ambassador in London since Federico Mirre retired in 2008.
José Nun, a former minister, was lined up to take on the role at the end of 2009 but his appointment was delayed and then cancelled in protest
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No more aircraft carrier or STOVL jets, UK, no more Falklands.
That’s where this is going.
UK appears to be totally fine with it.
What is wrong with these argentinians? The falklands are populated by british people. Jeeze, maybe obama should declare cuba US territory cuz it’s close to florida.
It did not end too well for Argentina the last time they tried to claim the Falklands.
Machismo in Latin America appears to be a problem for both genders in Central and South America. The Argentinians may need to learn a lesson about every generation or so regarding the Falklands. Dumb move.
***The Argentine government has continued to dispute British sovereignty over the archipelago since its 1982 invasion was defeated. ****
An invasion designed to divert Argentine attention away from domestic problems.
The ship General Bellgrano(A survivor of pearl Harbor), went down in that fight.
Phil Donahue had a segment on his show about the Argentine conflict. The total ignorance of the audience was apalling as many blamed the US for that war.
Kind of like Ireland was populated by Irish people?
The Brits have enough problems at home, let alone protecting some insignificant islands 10,000 miles away.
In this picture she looks attractive, in the one above, she looks like a transvestite.
The falklands are not fighting for independence ya dolt. ARgentina want to take over.
Would you say the same thing about Guam? Should the US just let someone invade them?
Indeed. I visited there last year, and that was definately the sentiment I heard from virtually everyone I encountered.
She and her late husband - two totally corrupt politicians. Come to think of it, the only way she landed her job was by being married to the then current president. Kind of like Michelle succeeding Barack. Now, that is one very scary thought.
Speaking of Obama, how much do you want to bet that he would back Argentina, especially considering his past treatment of anyone British.
Argentina has barely crawled up from an econimic meltdown - and this (bimbo? war monger? astute politician?) is fussing over something they never had.
She must want that oil plenty bad to dick around with a nuke power..... Even what's left of the British Navy is far larger and more modern than anything the Argis could ever hope to field... /p>
If the Argentine’s elect this crazy corrupt b!tch again they get what they deserve! She has been a disaster for the country and needs to be bounced out. Problem is that all the politicians are corrupt as hell so it may be more of the devil you know versus the one you don’t but even so they could find one that’s a little bit less crazy.
His administration has already sided with them in calling for Britain to begin talks with Argentina. The Falklands have been British before Argentina existed as a nation. They have no claim to them - and they started an unprovoked bloody war with Britain over them in 1982 that they lost - the issue was decided then - no “talks” at this point make sense.
The last time this came up Hildabeest said that the Falklanders had to ‘negotiate’ with Argentina. This also begs the question would President Obama allow Her Majesty’s Navy to re-supply on Ascencion Island as President Reagan did? 19 Months and counting.
More people died during the Falklands’ War than there were people living on the island.
“Ireland was populated by Irish people?”
The northern Irish people want to be part of the UK.
This would be a war over oil and I wonder if Britain would fight again and with what?
The Falklands are too well protected for the Argentinians to take them this time around. The last time, they faced a garrison of about 20 Royal Marines with light arms, now they would be facing 4 Eurofighters, artillery, AAA, naval support, and about 500 troops, probably battle-hardened from tours in Afghanistan, (with many more that could be airlifted in at short notice if tensions were to rise)...
He detests the British. After just finishing his book (Bill Ayers book, actually) “Dreams From My Father” his hate of the British just seeps from parts of it.
If Argentina has a right to seize the Falklands, then the United States has the right to take back Cuba, which was a prize of war from Spain over a century ago.
I don’t give a rat’s arse what the OAS thinks.
The RAF does have a fighter base there.
[Falklands] Well results dampen oil explorers , Investors Chronicle - 16 February 2011
That kinda depends on how much he wants continued access to the airbase there.
“The northern Irish people want to be part of the UK.”
No, the Scots and Welsh the British relocated to Ireland several hundred years ago want to be part of the UK. The Irish (which are almost a majority, if they are not already in Northern Ireland) want to be part of the Irish Republic.
your argument, if applied equally, would make the USA the crazyhorse nation.
“If Argentina has a right to seize the Falklands, then the United States has the right to take back Cuba, which was a prize of war from Spain over a century ago.”
The American role to take over the Falklands is closer to the truth than you may know. Checkout this; Comodore Morris and the USS Deleware 1841 and the burning of Puerto Soledad ...
Wow my thoughts exactly, not bad looking in one picture and transvestite in the other.
And there is no more Lady Thatcher either.
Brits are handing over Britain to Muslims. Why would they not hand over the Falkland to Argentinians? It's such and embarrassing reminder about the empire and the British greatness.
Maybe about half do. The country used to be 2/3 Protestant and 1/3 Catholic. The Catholic population is now over forty percent, and most of them support unification with The Republic of Ireland. The upcoming decades, and demographics, will decide the issue.
In 1982 a British task force used Ascension Island as a staging post during the Falklands War, though according to Matthew Parris, “...at the start of the Falklands conflict Washington at first refused Britain permission to use the USA-operated airfield facilities for refuelling RAF jets. Only after Mrs Thatcher intervened with Ronald Reagan did the Americans reluctantly concede.”
I’ll take that bet. When Christina de Kirchner visited the US Obama apparently refused to meet with her. According to the Argentines I spoke to, this was because she badmouthed the US. Also, during the SOTU Obama mentioned he would be visiting Brazil,Chile, y El Salvador. Argentina was conspicuously absent.
When asked what the US’s position on the Falklands dispute would be, Hillary Clinton said the US would be “neutral”. As to what she meant by that, your guess is as good as mine.
The most advanced fighter they have is an A4 Skyhawk, and most of their fighters aren’t even that. The Eurofighter could crap all over anything in their airforce, and that isn’t even taking into consideration the RAPIER missile batteries and probably the PAAMS Daring-class destroyer that would probably be on station nearby.
Overwhelming them with numbers would basically require them launch their entire airforce all at once (which I doubt they could) and then watch it get decimated until UK garrison forces ran out of missles.
If their airforce wasn’t totally destroyed, they’d have lost most of their aircraft, and for what?
Most people there just want peace, including the catholics. Even the Irish don’t really want reunification. It opens a whole can of worms that isn’t worth bothering about, it makes no real difference anyway because Being a British or Irish citizen is basically the same thing, other than having a slightly different passport.
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