Skip to comments.Barack Obama makes Falklands gaffe by calling Malvinas the Maldives
Posted on 04/16/2012 5:58:10 PM PDT by DeaconBenjamin
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.
Cristina Kirchner, the Argentine president, has renewed her country's sovereignty claim to the Falklands in the build-up to the 30th anniversary of the Argentine invasion of the islands, which triggered the Falklands War, on April 2.
She has accused David Cameron of maintaining a "colonial enclave" in the South Atlantic and taken Argentina's claim to the UN.
Colombian press reported Mrs Kirchner was unhappy that a declaration of support for the Argentine claim to the British-controlled territory was not included in the summit's final document, which went unsigned after the USA and Canada used their vetoes.
Mrs Kirchner, to whom the Mercosur trade-bloc and the Union of South American Nations had previously confirmed their support in the diplomatic dispute over the islands, was seeking further backing from the Americas.
During the summit, she said Cartagena was an ideal place to talk about the Falklands since the wall that surrounds the city's historic centre was built by the Spanish crown to protect it from "English pirates".
Mrs Kirchner also reprimanded Juan Manuel Santos, the Colombian president, for failing to mention the islands in his speech.
Mr Obama maintained the USA's stance of neutrality over the Falklands, saying he wanted to ensure good relations with both Argentina and Britain.
"This is something in which we would not typically intervene," he said, adding that there should be dialogue between the UK and Argentina even though the Coalition refuses to negotiate sovereignty of the Falklands with Mrs Kirchner's government.
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I don’t think we’ll see a Saturday Night Live skit about this though.
Don’t the Maldives comprise states #53 and #54 of the 57 United States, or am I mistaken.
His IQ and his hat size are a perfect match!
They look very similar on a teleprompter.
I suppose that's true. But you could also say that they lie off the coast of Kenya. But that might make people ask uncomfortable questions.
At least he did not refer to the islands as the Belgian Endives.
No sure. Perhaps we can ask a corps-men
Obama has made a repeate gaffe lately that no one has made note of. Obama keeps repeating that the US is not a country founded on Darwinism, referring to the Ryan budget as “Darwinism” and similar remarks.
I know that Obama means, survival of the fittest, but survival of the fittest wasn’t Darwin’s theory, it was Herbert Spencer’s theory. Darwin’s theory was evolution. So, someone needs to ask Obama if he thinks that country was founded on creationism, because that is the only alternative.
That was like calling Colombia Colombo.
One must have at least an adequate knowledge of world geography to know the difference between Malvinas and the Maldives.
Obama’s “gaffe” suggests he does not know where either one is.
Ummm, no, he didn't. If he wanted to remain neutral and not tick off the U.K., he wouldn't have tried to call them las islas Malvinas.
Whether Obama called the island Malvinas or Maldives, it was an offensive remark to intentionally rename the official name of the islands —The Falklands.
Obama is very clear as to who his friends are and who are not.
Friends include Black Panthers, Socialist regimes, Muslim regimes.
Obama’s enemies are white dominated countries and capitalistic countries.
The Maldives is an Islamic state with a very bad record of oppression of other faiths.
The scary thing is, Zero doing this is all too familiar: Harry S Truman did something similar that helped precipitate the Korean War as did the first Bush Administration with the comments made to Saddam Hussein by then-Ambassador April Gillespie.
Even if he flubbed the name, the Argies could take the fact that he at least tried to use the name they use as a sign that they have free reign. If not to actually invade (they don’t really have the capability to, and the Falklands are much better defended then they were leading up to the first invasion) then certain to heighten the level of saber-rattling. Which isn’t going to be pleasant for the Tories, since they have been working pretty hard to neuter the British military and specifically the Royal Navy.
Games of military chicken can lead to real shooting wars. Another war over the Falklands will be messier than the first. The fact that the RN could deploy two light carriers with fixed wing fighter and attack aircraft (a capability it’s lacked since getting rid of the Ark Royal and the Harrier GR.9s) and mount a credible threat against the Argentine mainland by demonstrating the ability to hit Stanley using Vulcans based on Ascension Island (the Black Buck raids) helped keep the war contained to the islands.
Another go-round given the current Brit OOB would probably require the RN to actually start popping off Tomahawks from its SSNs against mainland Argentine targets to deliver the “It was a bad idea, a VERY bad idea, to try this again” message. And the Brits would have to do that knowing full well that they’d have to wait for the next GOP administration before they could replenish their Tomahawk stocks ...
TOTUS (HAL 9000) says, “It’s all according to plan Dave.”
Free the Maldives!
Maldavia for the Maldavians!
To quote that great statesman, Bugs Bunny: Whatta Maroon!
Another go-round given the current Brit OOB would probably require the RN to actually start popping off Tomahawks from its SSNs against mainland Argentine targets to deliver the It was a bad idea, a VERY bad idea, to try this again message. And the Brits would have to do that knowing full well that theyd have to wait for the next GOP administration before they could replenish their Tomahawk stocks ..."
"RN" "GR 9s" "OOB" "SSN's" "GOP"
Decent points in your post, mind you, but if there's an award given for "Most Use of Abbreviations in a Post", you win......hands down. :)
I was in Argentina a few weeks ago and there were no free Malvinas posters.
I believe Obama is trying to stir up problems in South America so as to deflect from his incompetency here in America.
I was in Argentina in 2008 and 2009 and there were many Malvinas posters then.
Amazing how often he makes a gaffe, and disturbing how MSM covers for him. There must be enough for a humor book.
Argentina. A nation run by former Nazis and their Italian lackeys.
It makes no sense to me that he is viewed as intelligent. He can’t spell the word Syracuse, he can’t pronounce the word corpsman, he misuses the word enormity, he has poor grammar (Michelle and I) and he can’t even hold his wine glass correctly.
I won’t even get into the embarrassment of a first lady who is unable to dress appropriately for any occasion.
Next time that he tries to speak on the topic, it will be Moldovia. What a friggin arrogant dumbass.
Last year he gave a speech in Hawaii and said it was good to be in Asia. Maybe they didn’t teach geography in Indonesia.
Also a century after the founding if the United States. It's like claiming Moses was a Mohammeden.
maybe he mistracked conversations with aides.
he remembered “Maldives” from another briefing, so what is happening in the Maldives that we should know about?
Check out the commments at the Telegraph link. Brutal on Obama. Sounds like FR.
And they are NOT the Malvinas they are properly called the Falklands....
Whatshisname couldn’t be a bigger jerk, even if he tried harder.
Nowadays, Republicans are given credit for things people that impersonate them have said. Tina Fey, where are you?
Obama thinks they speak Austrian in Argentina.
Argentina has absolutely no claim to the Falklands. They have always been British - even before there was an Argentina. A war was fought over this and Argentina lost. That’s the end of the story. This is nothing but a false history being presented to the people of Argentina by their government to stir up domestic support for the government that it doesn’t deserve.
Just a typical stupid liberal.
My Facebook friends from Argentina are posting Malvinas stuff every day. I’m surprised you didn’t see posters down there.
Somewhere, Sarah Palin is smiling.
Exactly. I wonder if it was a Freudian slip.
Proper Department of Defense (DOD) use of acronyms requires that the first use in a text be spelled out with the acronym in parenthesis. ;-)
Of course, FR is not DOD.
Since the Maldives are muzzie, using the name in any context is NOT a gaffe to oblamer.
The opposite of Darwinism is Creationism. So, every time that Obama says that this country wasn’t founded on Darwinism or the Republicans are Darwinists, he is saying that he doesn’t believe in evolution.
He appointed a new US Ambassador to the Maldives on March 27. He tries his best - bless his heart.