Skip to comments.Obama’s Falklands Gaffe Could Start A War
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 didnt 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 Obamas 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 isnt so neutral and would side with Argentina against the British.
The Telegraph calls this an uncharacteristic error, but this isnt 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 weve 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 didnt confuse them with Australians.
I think his teleprompter did him in again.
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.
Joe Biden without the charm.
Obama manages to screw-up a screw-up. (Imagine the howling from the MSM if Palin had made such a gaff2.)
good grief... when will this walking embarassment END!
LOL! Well put.
When asked about Obama’s Island gaff... Romney replied, I love Islands... I know some people who own a few...
Not uncharacteristic, not at all
How to speak Australian.
The machine that sits in your window and provides
Obama can see the Maldives from his house.
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.
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.
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!!!
One cannot help but think of black bejeweled battle shorts...
Maybe so, but you’d think if that was the case the idiot would know the difference between the two.
Maldives become Las Maldivas or Las Mal-diva (the Mad Mooch) like mal-ware and mal-nutrition!
Based on Obama's recent history with Britain... I agree. He intended to say exactly what he said.
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!
The author is factually incorrect. The Falklands are a British Overseas Territory, not a Protectorate.
Obama is still an idiot.
We all speak austrian now....
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.
Didn’t obama also talk about the “austrian language”? Or was that hitlery? Maybe hiden biden.
This is the danger of using criteria like an ‘Ivy League’ education as a rite of passage to positions of influence.
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.
According to many, he’s the smartest man on the planet.
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.
Good one, that’s a great comparison. :)
What a dumb ass
” Iceberg, Goldberg, all the same to me. “
” 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.
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.
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.
Who are they kidding?
Birth was a gaffe for Obummer.
He definitely has an agenda with the British and it has hurt our relations with them and other allies, IMO.
I noticed that too, but then realized he put it in quotation marks, I believe Preston is jabbing him.
“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.
Obama can see the Maldives from his house
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.
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.
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.
but attempting to use the name Malvinas, and then bungling that, can be taken to suggest that he isnt 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?
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.