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Argentina Plans to Hijack British Oil Rigs in Falklands
Breitbart ^ | 6-3-14 | Nick Hallett

Posted on 06/03/2014 8:04:42 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic

Argentina is planning to hijack British oil rigs near the Falkland Islands to stop them drilling in the disputed territory, according to defence sources who say that the country has purchased four new super-tugs to intercept oil platforms.

Writing for the Brazilian website Defesanet, analyst Roberto Lopes says it is "not true" that Argentina is only purchasing the tugs to replace older vessels.

"These vessels will be used to intercept the British and American oil platforms designated for travel to the Falklands when drilling starts in the Sea Lion oil field," he writes, adding: "the British will not allow oil exploration vessels travel to the Falklands without a military escort".

Oil reserves around the disputed islands are estimated to be worth tens of billions of dollars, and British attempts to extra the oil have aroused anger in Argentina.

The first oil production in the Sea Lion field is scheduled to start next spring. The field, located 135 miles north of the Falkland Islands will be drilled by British group Premier Oil.

When the oil starts flowing, it will be taxed at 26 percent, making the 3,000 Falkland Islanders one of the wealthiest communities on Earth.

The Islands presently belong to Britain, but are also claimed by Argentina. In 1982, the Argentine dictatorship of General Galtieri invaded and occupied the islands before the British government under Margaret Thatcher sent and expeditionary force and took them back.

Now that large oil reserves have been found in the waters surrounding the islands, Argentina has renewed its claim, wanting the oil wealth for itself.

(Excerpt) Read more at breitbart.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: argentina; britain; energy; oil

1 posted on 06/03/2014 8:04:42 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Argentina has destroyed their own economy, again, and apparently wants to lose another war as a distraction.


2 posted on 06/03/2014 8:06:03 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Hopefully not until after the World Cup.


3 posted on 06/03/2014 8:06:08 AM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I guess we can start calling this the era of “tugboat diplomacy.”


4 posted on 06/03/2014 8:07:23 AM PDT by ken5050 ("One useless man is a shame, two are a law firm, three or more are a Congress".. John Adams)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

The Royal Navy still maintains a decent enough attack submarine force. Those supertugs could easily be Belgrano’d, if they tried something like this.


5 posted on 06/03/2014 8:08:01 AM PDT by tanknetter
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Time for the traditional Argentine butt-kicking from the Brits. Unfortunately, the entire crop of current British leaders lacks the courage that Maggie Thatcher had in her pinky finger. So now would be a good time for Argentina to try to win one, for a change.


6 posted on 06/03/2014 8:08:39 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Argentina doesn’t have the sack to stand up to Britain. 5 Typhoons could keep the Argies at bay for months.


7 posted on 06/03/2014 8:08:45 AM PDT by AppyPappy
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Got submarine??

Got torpedoes??

Remember the Phoenix?? (Gen. Belgradosmething)


8 posted on 06/03/2014 8:11:06 AM PDT by Flintlock (islam is a LIE; mowhommod was a MOLESTER CRIMINAL; sharia is POISON.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Got submarine??

Got torpedoes??

Remember the Phoenix?? (Gen. Belgradosmething)


9 posted on 06/03/2014 8:11:40 AM PDT by Flintlock (islam is a LIE; mowhommod was a MOLESTER CRIMINAL; sharia is POISON.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

This threat is the wage of British weakness.


10 posted on 06/03/2014 8:11:51 AM PDT by bkopto (Free men are not equal. Equal men are not free.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
Paging Mrs. Thatcher..... Paging Mrs. Thatcher..... Maggie? are you there?......

Oh, dear...

11 posted on 06/03/2014 8:16:56 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Bender2

Ping


12 posted on 06/03/2014 8:17:24 AM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Izzy Dunne

“Don’t make us come over there and kick your ass, again.”


13 posted on 06/03/2014 8:17:57 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: pieceofthepuzzle
Hopefully not until after the World Cup.

The Argies still need to pay for "The Hand of God."

14 posted on 06/03/2014 8:18:46 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: afraidfortherepublic
"When the oil starts flowing, it will be taxed at 26 percent, making the 3,000 Falkland Islanders one of the wealthiest communities on Earth."

Is it too late to move to the Falklands and claim citizenship?
15 posted on 06/03/2014 8:21:27 AM PDT by Old Teufel Hunden
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To: afraidfortherepublic
This is like Deja Vu all over again.
16 posted on 06/03/2014 8:23:27 AM PDT by McGruff (What if I told you your leaders were lying to you?)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

And our head Marxist would side with...?


17 posted on 06/03/2014 8:25:18 AM PDT by BlueStateRightist (Government is best which governs least.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Considering Putin and Argentine President Christina Fernandez have express mutual support for each other’s positions on Crimea and the Falklands, things might be different this time. Surely, any attempt by Argentina to cease control of the islands, or at least harrass oil platforms, would win support from Russia, Iran, Venezuela, etc.

http://en.mercopress.com/2014/03/26/putin-rings-cristina-fernandez-to-praise-her-falklands-crimea-double-standard-argument


18 posted on 06/03/2014 8:25:32 AM PDT by railroader
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To: bkopto
This threat is the wage of British weakness

Lest not forget that Obama at the Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, Colombia referred to the Islands as "Maldives". He meant the Malvinas which is the Spanish name for the Island while the Maldives is an Island in the Indian Ocean. A gaff widely joked about in UK and South America; however, the bottom line is Obama give credence to Argentina referring to the Island under its protectorate name!!!

19 posted on 06/03/2014 8:26:55 AM PDT by 11th Commandment ("THOSE WHO TIRE LOSE")
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To: txrefugee
Unfortunately, the entire crop of current British leaders lacks the courage that Maggie Thatcher had in her pinky finger.

That's true but Cameron would be delighted if Argentina volunteered to be the heavy in a wag the dog war. It would help him enormously to shore up his right flank if he could kick some foreign butt.

20 posted on 06/03/2014 8:28:52 AM PDT by Paine in the Neck (Socialism consumes EVERYTHING)
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To: tanknetter
"Those supertugs could easily be Belgrano’d, if they tried something like this."

Yep.


21 posted on 06/03/2014 8:31:00 AM PDT by Rebelbase (Tagline: optional, printed after your name on post)
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To: tanknetter

To think that a heavy cruiser that survived the Pearl Harbor attack & WWII, and served more than thirty years in the Argentine navy, got deep-sixed in less than ten minutes after being torpedoed by a British sub. That was more than three decades ago.

Maybe the Argie supertugs will carry depth charges. /s


22 posted on 06/03/2014 8:33:28 AM PDT by elcid1970 ("In the modern world, Muslims are living fossils.")
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To: tanknetter

Hopefully they don’t get Sheffield’d back


23 posted on 06/03/2014 8:35:37 AM PDT by redhawk.44mag (The problem with the world today, is that it wants to be digital, but it's really analog)
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To: All

[headscratch]

I’m pretty sure the drilling that already took place in that region last year came up empty of any commercial amounts. There may be nothing there. In fact, there is probably nothing there.


24 posted on 06/03/2014 8:39:03 AM PDT by Owen
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To: elcid1970
Light Cruiser. The General Belgrano was a Brooklyn class light cruiser.
25 posted on 06/03/2014 8:39:53 AM PDT by GreenLanternCorps (Hi! I'm the Dread Pirate Roberts! (TM) Ask about franchise opportunities in your area.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Are they itching for war, because even in its weakened state, I still bed that the British and kick their butt, HARD.


26 posted on 06/03/2014 8:46:17 AM PDT by JSDude1
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To: elcid1970

She was formerly the USS Phoenix, launched in 1938.

More here:

http://www.militaryfactory.com/ships/detail.asp?ship_id=ARA-General-Belgrano-C4


27 posted on 06/03/2014 8:46:17 AM PDT by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: BlueStateRightist

And our head Marxist would side with...?

It depends. Obama does not have a good geographic sense, and once confused the Malvinas (Argentinian name for the Falklands) with the Maldives. The later is in the Indian Ocean, and is an islamic country which punishes practice of any other religion, including even Buddhism, which their own ancestors practiced. Most of the non-Islamic art work in the national museum has been destroyed. The Maldives have an average elevation of only 1.5 m above sea level, which is one of the best arguments in favor of global climate change and consequent rise in sea level, which would clean up the place nicely.

Anyway, Argentina has no valid claim to the Falklands. They also have no nuclear weapons, so they should not mess with whatever is left of the UK.


28 posted on 06/03/2014 8:51:51 AM PDT by docbnj
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To: docbnj

Soros has business interests there - and Obama 3 or 4 years ago pulled oil rigs out of our Gulf waters so they could be sent to that region.

If UK does anything I expect Barry to get all stompy feet at them


29 posted on 06/03/2014 8:54:30 AM PDT by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it...Period. PALIN/CRUZ 2016)
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To: docbnj
"The Maldives have an average elevation of only 1.5 m above sea level, which is one of the best arguments in favor of global climate change and consequent rise in sea level, which would clean up the place nicely."

Okay.

When will we give them refuge in the USA and place them all on welfare. That's the least we can do to pay for our climate change crimes, eh?

30 posted on 06/03/2014 9:00:17 AM PDT by blam
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To: dfwgator
“The Argies still need to pay for “The Hand of God.”

I've never seen the replays of this, but apparently none of the camera angles caught the hand-ball.

Let's see what Messi can do this year. I am going to Manaus to see a game in a few weeks. First time ever. Once in a lifetime!

31 posted on 06/03/2014 9:19:07 AM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I really wish the author of the article had a clue about spelling, punctuation and English grammar. Reading this article was painful.


32 posted on 06/03/2014 9:29:09 AM PDT by BuffaloJack (Unarmed people cannot defend themselves. America is no longer a Free Country.)
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To: redhawk.44mag

“Hopefully they don’t get Sheffield’d back”

Yes, the Sheffield was lost. But you gotta’ admire those guys.

“After the ship was struck and her crew waiting to be rescued, Sub Lieutenant Carrington-Wood led the crew in singing “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” from Monty Python’s Life of Brian.”


33 posted on 06/03/2014 9:37:58 AM PDT by ltc8k6
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34 posted on 06/03/2014 9:46:43 AM PDT by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: Bender2

Still hot any left? I’d buy one.


35 posted on 06/03/2014 9:53:19 AM PDT by GOPsterinMA (Khent is not stable... be advised...)
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To: GOPsterinMA
Re: Still have any... left? I’d buy one.

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36 posted on 06/03/2014 10:07:53 AM PDT by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: Bender2

Sleek chassis!


37 posted on 06/03/2014 10:11:15 AM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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To: Bender2

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38 posted on 06/03/2014 10:12:51 AM PDT by GOPsterinMA (Khent is not stable... be advised...)
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To: GOPsterinMA
Re: Uhh...for $300, I’ll take the cleaning lady

Sorry, that much profit... would put me in way too high tax bracket!

39 posted on 06/03/2014 10:16:22 AM PDT by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: Bender2

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40 posted on 06/03/2014 10:45:17 AM PDT by GOPsterinMA (Khent is not stable... be advised...)
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To: Owen
Premier Oil is the closest to extracting oil, the waxy crude of the Sea Lion field, which is located in the North Falklands Basin (see map) and holds an estimated 400m barrels of recoverable oil. A decision on whether to develop the field is expected in early 2015.

A three-way exploration agreement has been reached for nearly ten million largely unexplored acres east of the islands. Falkland Oil and Gas (FOGL), another British firm, partnered with the region’s first two non-British energy companies: Edison (out of Italy) and the American firm Noble Energy. Borders & Southern, which found gas condensate south of the islands in 2012, is also currently searching for a partner to put more holes into the shelf. But the combination of extreme wind, powerful waves and frigid temperatures makes this a particularly harsh environment. “In the Falkland Islands, we are a long way from everything,” says Richard Winkelman, Noble’s country manager. “We know it's going to be a unique challenge for us.”

http://www.economist.com/blogs/americasview/2014/02/oil-and-gas-falklands

41 posted on 06/03/2014 10:51:53 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: Bender2

But the Royal Navy of today is not capable of launching an operation as they did in 1982.


42 posted on 06/03/2014 11:23:51 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: Rummyfan
Re: But the Royal Navy of today is not capable of launching an operation as they did in 1982.

That's why I'm not... printing up any more T-Shirts--

43 posted on 06/03/2014 11:35:10 AM PDT by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
Using a minimum value of $20 billion for "Tens of Billions"

$20 billion x 26 percent tax / 3,000 residents =

$1.7 million in tax revenue per Falklander - man, woman, and child.

44 posted on 06/03/2014 11:51:57 AM PDT by Dagnabitt (Amnesty is Treason. Its agents are Traitors.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I have a Ruger 22.
Guess I could take it down there and prevent them Argentinians from doing it.


45 posted on 06/03/2014 1:34:20 PM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) obammy lied and lied and lied)
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