1-—American help in 1982 has been grossly exaggerated.
Not one ship of the Task Force was American. America gave Britain millions of tons of fuel from Ascension Island, but it was still a small percentage of the fuel used by us. Also please remember the island is British and leased to you. The biggest American help was in fact satellite intelligence. Britain also received substantial logistical support from South Africa (fuel/repairs/supplies), as well as Chile. Britain also REJECTED Weinberger’s offer of a US carrier. As it wasnt needed.
Sorry, but the idea that Britain needed America in order to win in 1982 is not remotely true. We thank you for your help, but such help since has been exaggerated into a myth that it was crucial and that wed have lost without it.
2—The islands since 1982 are armed to the teeth. Any landing now would get mauled by the garrison there.
p.s my references to 1950 and 1980 were actually about the UK defending itself from the USSR and British military strength worldwide at those times.
“American help in 1982 has been grossly exaggerated.”
Thatcher thought it crucial and decisive, as I recall.
I don’t think you’d not have won, it just would have been uglier.
Still, you’re right that Argentina has no chance today - they cannot mount an amphibious landing, assuming they even had troops with fortitude to fight.