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Obama’s Falklands Gaffe Could Start A War
PJ Tatler ^ | April 16, 2012 | Bryan Preston

Posted on 04/16/2012 4:00:37 PM PDT by jazusamo

The island chain 300 miles off the coast of Argentina has two names. The United Kingdom, which controls them as a protectorate, and the rest of the world call those islands the Falklands. Argentina calls them the Malvinas. Argentina has never owned the islands. Islanders are 90% British, descendants of the original settlers, and support their relationship with the UK. The UK has controlled the Falklands since 1830, and fought a war over them against Argentina in 1982 to keep them.

But that didn’t stop President Barack Obama from attempting to use the Argentinian name for the islands. And he even got that badly wrong .

President Obama erred during a speech at the Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, Colombia, when attempting to call the disputed archipelago by its Spanish name.

Instead of saying Malvinas, however, Mr Obama referred to the islands as the Maldives, a group of 26 atolls off that lie off the South coast of India.

It takes someone with a very limited understanding of geography to confuse the Maldives, a sovereign country near India, with the Malvinas, a political name attached to islands that are actually called the Falklands. For starters, the two island chains are in different oceans, more than 8,000 miles apart. The Falklands are in the south Atlantic; Maldives are in the Indian Ocean.

Of more importance, though, is Obama’s decision to wade into a sensitive issue between two of our allies in this way. The Falklands war was 30 years ago this month. The Argentine government has been ratcheting up anti-British rhetoric, demanding that the UK hand “Las Malvinas” over, and threatening to invade again. In his summit speech Obama claimed that the US is neutral, which was our official stance during the 1982 war and is now, but attempting to use the name “Malvinas,” and then bungling that, can be taken to suggest that he isn’t so neutral and would side with Argentina against the British.

The Telegraph calls this an “uncharacteristic” error, but this isn’t the first time Barack Obama has betrayed his geographical ignorance and political boneheadedness. In a recent speech in Hawaii, the president thought he was in Asia despite being born in Hawaii. Hawaii, a volcanic island chain 4,000 miles east of Asia, is not part of Asia or any other continent. In November 2011, Obama said that he was disturbed when Iranians stormed the “ English embassy” in Tehran, which was actually the British embassy. England is one of four nations, along with Scotland, and Wales, plus Northern Ireland, the United Kingdom. Calling it the “British embassy” would have been accurate; calling it the “English embassy” was not.

Besides all of that, Obama made the “Maldives” remark at the Summit of the Americas, a summit which has been full of outrages, errors and scandal. In this summit we’ve had the Secret Service call girl scandal and pics of our secretary of state boozing it up have hit the web. The error was by no means “uncharacteristic.”

The Falklands gaffe is the most significant, though. In the mixed signals and inattention it betrays on the part of the President of the United States, it could lead to another war.

Update : In another “uncharacteristic” gaffe, in 2009 Barack Obama invented a language: “Austrian.” There is an Austrian school of economics, but the Austrian people speak German. I suppose we should be thankful that he didn’t confuse them with Australians.



TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: abysmalignorance; obama; shortbus
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Obama is an idiot. There are many who say he does this on purpose but he doesn't, he's clueless.
1 posted on 04/16/2012 4:00:42 PM PDT by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

I think his teleprompter did him in again.


2 posted on 04/16/2012 4:03:45 PM PDT by SkyDancer ("Talent Without Ambition Is Sad - Ambition Without Talent Is Worse")
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To: jazusamo

One of these days he is going to slip up and start talking in public (like he almost certainly does in private) about “The Zionist Entity” instead of Israel.


3 posted on 04/16/2012 4:04:40 PM PDT by Zeppo ("Happy Pony is on - and I'm NOT missing Happy Pony")
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To: jazusamo

Joe Biden without the charm.


4 posted on 04/16/2012 4:05:14 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Ich habe keinen Konig aber Gott)
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To: jazusamo
President Obama erred during a speech at the Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, Colombia, when attempting to call the disputed archipelago by its Spanish name. Instead of saying Malvinas, however, Mr Obama referred to the islands as the Maldives, a group of 26 atolls off that lie off the South coast of India.

Obama manages to screw-up a screw-up. (Imagine the howling from the MSM if Palin had made such a gaff2.)

5 posted on 04/16/2012 4:05:28 PM PDT by 6SJ7 (Meh.)
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To: jazusamo

good grief... when will this walking embarassment END!


6 posted on 04/16/2012 4:06:31 PM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Go Newt!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Joe Biden without the charm.

LOL! Well put.

7 posted on 04/16/2012 4:07:29 PM PDT by jazusamo (Character assassination is just another form of voter fraud: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

When asked about Obama’s Island gaff... Romney replied, I love Islands... I know some people who own a few...

/s


8 posted on 04/16/2012 4:08:19 PM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Go Newt!)
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To: jazusamo

Not uncharacteristic, not at all


9 posted on 04/16/2012 4:08:31 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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10 posted on 04/16/2012 4:09:52 PM PDT by jazusamo (Character assassination is just another form of voter fraud: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

How to speak Australian.

Egg Nishna.

The machine that sits in your window and provides
cool air.


11 posted on 04/16/2012 4:10:24 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: 6SJ7

Obama can see the Maldives from his house.


12 posted on 04/16/2012 4:11:52 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: jazusamo

Hillary brought this up with Argentina a few years back, something about trying to re-examine the Malvinas issue.

This was no gaffe by Obama, it’s another step in some South American strategy.


13 posted on 04/16/2012 4:12:55 PM PDT by DBrow
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To: jazusamo

Hey Hussein, here’s a little ditty coined by the fascist dictators who used to run Argentina to remind you how to say it: “Las islas Malvinas son siempre Argentinas.” Or something like that, I’m no Spanish expert. But compared to Obama, everybody’s a Spanish expert.

Merci beaucoups!


14 posted on 04/16/2012 4:14:52 PM PDT by Argus
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To: jazusamo

In a recent speech in Hawaii, the president thought he was in Asia despite being born in Hawaii.

BULL$HIT, This commie basturd poser was born in Kenya, and EVERYBODY knows it!!!


15 posted on 04/16/2012 4:16:11 PM PDT by wetgundog (" Extremism in the Defense of Liberty is no Vice")
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To: jazusamo

One cannot help but think of black bejeweled battle shorts...


16 posted on 04/16/2012 4:17:02 PM PDT by freedumb2003 ('RETRO' Abortions = performed on 84th trimester individuals who think killing babies is a "right.")
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To: DBrow

Maybe so, but you’d think if that was the case the idiot would know the difference between the two.


17 posted on 04/16/2012 4:19:40 PM PDT by jazusamo (Character assassination is just another form of voter fraud: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

Maldives become Las Maldivas or Las Mal-diva (the Mad Mooch) like mal-ware and mal-nutrition!


18 posted on 04/16/2012 4:20:01 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: DBrow
This was no gaffe by Obama

Based on Obama's recent history with Britain... I agree. He intended to say exactly what he said.

19 posted on 04/16/2012 4:20:49 PM PDT by tsowellfan
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To: jazusamo
Obama is an idiot

I hate to disagree with you but Obama is NO idiot. Everything he's doing and the results are exactly what was planned. He HATES America he HATES Britain. That's fact. He's far from being an idiot. Anti-American? Yes! Socialist? Yes!

20 posted on 04/16/2012 4:23:42 PM PDT by tsowellfan
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To: jazusamo

The author is factually incorrect. The Falklands are a British Overseas Territory, not a Protectorate.

Obama is still an idiot.


21 posted on 04/16/2012 4:25:13 PM PDT by Owl558 ("Those who remember George Satayana are doomed to repeat him")
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To: tet68

We all speak austrian now....


22 posted on 04/16/2012 4:26:14 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: jazusamo

Well, I’m still dazzled at the 57 states comments he made more than 2 times and his outright admission that he’s a muslim made many times, most of which had to be brought to his attention for the interview to actually correct.


23 posted on 04/16/2012 4:26:45 PM PDT by laweeks
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To: jazusamo
Easy mistake to make. One island group is very much like any other.


24 posted on 04/16/2012 4:27:06 PM PDT by Oztrich Boy (This world is a comedy to those that think, a tragedy to those that feel - Horace Walpole)
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To: jazusamo

Didn’t obama also talk about the “austrian language”? Or was that hitlery? Maybe hiden biden.


25 posted on 04/16/2012 4:27:06 PM PDT by mamelukesabre (I take Olive Oyl on me spinach. She said she didn't go in for that kinky stuff but she does now)
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To: jazusamo

This is the danger of using criteria like an ‘Ivy League’ education as a rite of passage to positions of influence.


26 posted on 04/16/2012 4:27:30 PM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: jazusamo

Let’s see. Hussein exposes Israel’s plans regarding Iran. Now he is drawing the UK into another war over the Falklands. Our two closert allies sold out by traitorous muslim. Three years in, and it is still Amateur Hour on the Potomoc.


27 posted on 04/16/2012 4:27:30 PM PDT by The Sons of Liberty (Sworn to Defend The Constitution Against ALL Enemies, Foreign and Domestic. So Help Me GOD!)
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To: jazusamo

According to many, he’s the smartest man on the planet.


28 posted on 04/16/2012 4:28:13 PM PDT by qaz123
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To: jazusamo

I’m surprised Argentina hasn’t taken them back. Who would stop them? There certainly isn’t an “Iron Lady” at the helm in the UK.


29 posted on 04/16/2012 4:28:31 PM PDT by radioone
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To: Oztrich Boy

Good one, that’s a great comparison. :)


30 posted on 04/16/2012 4:30:42 PM PDT by jazusamo (Character assassination is just another form of voter fraud: Thomas Sowell)
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To: The Sons of Liberty

Amen...Well said.


31 posted on 04/16/2012 4:32:56 PM PDT by jazusamo (Character assassination is just another form of voter fraud: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

What a dumb ass


32 posted on 04/16/2012 4:38:05 PM PDT by MattinNJ
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To: jazusamo
When it comes to the incendiary scale, this is on par with dipshit John Brennan calling Jerusalem, "Al-Quds."
33 posted on 04/16/2012 4:45:51 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

34 posted on 04/16/2012 4:48:06 PM PDT by sjmjax (Politicans are like bananas - they start out green, turn yellow, then rot.)
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To: jazusamo

” Iceberg, Goldberg, all the same to me. “


35 posted on 04/16/2012 4:58:01 PM PDT by Humble Servant
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To: freedumb2003

” One cannot help but think of black bejeweled battle shorts... “

Umm...speak for yourself. I have no problem not thinking of that, but that’s just me.


36 posted on 04/16/2012 5:00:52 PM PDT by Humble Servant
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To: jazusamo

Obama sent the bust of Churchill back to the British because he hates them, even though they are our staunch ally. His grandfather was imprisoned by the British during the `mau mau’ rebellion in Kenya.
This is a good example of why the framers put in the Constitution the requirement that candidates for the presidency must be natural born citizens—so they did not have divided loyalties.
He has an agenda and it is inimicable to what is our best interests.


37 posted on 04/16/2012 5:01:37 PM PDT by tumblindice (Our new, happy lives.)
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To: jazusamo

Dumber than dumb.

When he was in school, they couldn’t find a short enough short bus, so they just sent him to school in a wheel barrow.
.


38 posted on 04/16/2012 5:03:32 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (No Federal Sales Tax - No Way!)
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To: jazusamo
“uncharacteristic” error

Who are they kidding?


39 posted on 04/16/2012 5:06:46 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: DBrow

Birth was a gaffe for Obummer.


40 posted on 04/16/2012 5:12:15 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (No Federal Sales Tax - No Way!)
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To: tumblindice

Absolutely.

He definitely has an agenda with the British and it has hurt our relations with them and other allies, IMO.


41 posted on 04/16/2012 5:12:27 PM PDT by jazusamo (Character assassination is just another form of voter fraud: Thomas Sowell)
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To: BenLurkin

I noticed that too, but then realized he put it in quotation marks, I believe Preston is jabbing him.


42 posted on 04/16/2012 5:15:07 PM PDT by jazusamo (Character assassination is just another form of voter fraud: Thomas Sowell)
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To: TexasFreeper2009

“good grief...when will this walking embarrassment END!”

I’m hoping we only have about 6 months of his ACTUAL power grabs to endure. Of course, even if he’s defeated in November, he still has two months to wreak havoc. We’ve endured three and a half years of this insanity. It’s hard to imagine that the American people will re-elect this Marxist.

I wish the Republican establishment had stayed out of this; but I’d vote for my old dog, Dixie if she were running against this man.


43 posted on 04/16/2012 5:16:31 PM PDT by Twinkie (John 3:16)
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To: BenLurkin

Obama can see the Maldives from his house


44 posted on 04/16/2012 5:17:45 PM PDT by Willie681
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To: jazusamo

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1159627/To-special-friend-Gordon-25-DVDs-Obama-gives-Brown-set-classic-movies-Lets-hope-likes-Wizard-Oz.html

The Brits give him a desk made from the timbers of a historic ship, the Resolute. He gives them movie DVDs and a set of his speeches on CD.
“What greater gift than the resonant voice of Myself?” thinks the feckless, conceited, stick-up-his-arse jerk-in-chief.
“Why, they can sit at home or in their cars and listen to me for hours.”

What a national dud, and an international failure. He must be making former presidents Clinton and Carter nervous as they jockey for the `Worst & Worst Former President’ award.


45 posted on 04/16/2012 5:28:41 PM PDT by tumblindice (Our new, happy lives.)
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To: DBrow
This was no gaffe by Obama, it’s another step in some South American strategy.

So many missed that it was NO accident. As you noted, and apparently as many either do not, or deliberately dismiss that O often make carefully worded statements many take as gaffes or stupidity.

That is and has been the mistake so many make regarding O. He plans everything that is he says. Very few accidents, all deliberate. A danger for so many on our side. He is very careful when he speaks.

"Means what he says, says what he means" holds very true with Obama.
46 posted on 04/16/2012 5:29:46 PM PDT by JSteff ((((It was ALL about SCOTUS. Most forget about that and HAVE DOOMED us for a generation or more.))))
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To: jazusamo

What a complete moron.

Seriously, if this were done by Bush, you'd have Scott Pelley, Brian Williams and whoever that clown is doing ABC news these days RAMMING IT DOWN the throats of their viewers for the next week.

There would be questions "Does Bush REALLY know ANYTHING about our allies?"

Obama does it, and you can barely hear a ripple except in the conservative media.

47 posted on 04/16/2012 5:36:40 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: tsowellfan

His hatred toward the UK and the Crown would have caused him to get this one right, ie call the Falkland Islands by their Argentine name to insult the British. Instead he referred to another unrelated group of islands. Had he said something like Finland rather than Falkland, I would buy the insult theory. This was just a gaff.


48 posted on 04/16/2012 5:39:55 PM PDT by JLS (How to turn a recession into a depression: elect a Dem president with a big majorities in Congress)
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To: jazusamo

but attempting to use the name “Malvinas,” and then bungling that, can be taken to suggest that he isn’t so neutral and would side with Argentina against the British.


He returned the bust of Winston Churchill. He presented idiotic gifts to the Prime Minister and the Queen. He completely screwed the toast to the Queen.

Is he acting out of malice, idiocy or both?


49 posted on 04/16/2012 5:48:42 PM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse
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To: jazusamo

You can always tell an affirmative action Harvard law school grad.

They are as dumb as a bag of stolen rocks but think they are the sharpest guys you’ll ever meet.


50 posted on 04/16/2012 5:54:51 PM PDT by Iron Munro (If Repub's paid as much attention to Rush Limbaugh as the Dem's do, we wouldn't be in this mess)
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