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  • Argentina demands turnover of Falklands

    04/03/2010 11:43:48 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 152 replies · 5,869+ views
    upi ^ | April 3, 2010
    BUENOS AIRES, - Argentina marked the anniversary of the 1982 Falklands war with a parade, and the country's president says Britain should turn over the islands . Argentina invaded the Falklands, claiming they were part of its sovereign territory, but a British counter-invasion defeated the Argentines, who lost 904 lives. President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner delivered a national address on the anniversary Friday from Ushuaia, which was the hub of the Argentine military operations during the 1982 conflict, The Times of London reported. Under Argentine law it is the capital of the region that encompasses the islands, which Argentina calls...
  • If Britain's Not An Ally, Then U.S. Has None

    03/05/2010 4:39:29 PM PST · by Kaslin · 99 replies · 1,041+ views ^ | March 5, 2010 | VICTOR DAVIS HANSON
    Almost 30 years after losing a war over the Falkland Islands, Argentina is once again warning Britain that it still wants back what it calls the Malvinas. Argentina is now angry over a British company's oil exploration off the windswept islands in what it considers its own South Atlantic backyard. Although nominally democratic, the unpopular Kirchner government in Buenos Aires has claimed that the sparsely settled islands are a symbolic matter of Spanish-speaking pride throughout Latin America — and is theirs because the islands once belonged to Spain in the 19th century. In response to all this, the Obama administration...
  • Barack Obama’s top 10 insults against Britain

    03/04/2010 8:09:21 AM PST · by Eagles2003 · 21 replies · 1,125+ views
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | March 1, 2010 | Nile Gardiner
    Last week’s appalling declaration by Washington that the US would remain neutral in the conflict between Britain and Argentina over the Falklands, has prompted this list of the ten biggest insults so far by the Obama administration against America’s closest friend and ally. For a government that pledged to “restore” America’s standing in the world, it is doing a spectacularly bad job, kowtowing to America’s enemies while consistently kicking her allies. Without a shadow of a doubt, Barack Obama has been the most anti-British president in modern American history. The Special Relationship has been significantly downgraded, and at times humiliated...
  • Why The West Should Hate Us

    03/03/2010 10:20:01 AM PST · by UltraConservative · 2 replies · 368+ views ^ | 03-03-10 | Ben Shapiro
    It is embarassing to be represented by an Administration that abandons its allies and embraces its enemies. Sadly, that is precisely what the Obama Administration does on a regular basis. Today, they demonstrated just how little they care about our strongest ally, Great Britain: Argentina was celebrating a diplomatic coup yesterday in its attempt to force Britain to accept talks on the future of the Falkland Islands, after a two-hour meeting in Buenos Aires between Hillary Clinton and President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner. Responding to a request from Mrs Kirchner for “friendly mediation” between Britain and Argentina, Mrs Clinton, the...
  • Obama Administration Stabs UK in the Back . . .Again

    03/03/2010 8:42:54 AM PST · by Texas Peartree · 25 replies · 545+ views
    The Voice of Reason ^ | March 3, 2010 | Texas Peartree
    In what is quickly becoming a recurring theme for the Obama Administration's foreign policy team, America is once again injuring our allies in an effort to comfort our enemies . . . or at least to comfort Socialist Evita wannabes like the President of Argentina, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner. Perhaps our Secretary of State sees something familiar; the Kirchners are Argentina’s Clintons, lefties who wished to pass power from husband to wife. The background is simple. The British have solely possessed the Falkland Islands for more than 170 years. This has led the Argentinean government, when economic times are tough,...
  • Another Falklands showdown only this time Thatcher and Reagan are not around

    03/02/2010 3:23:17 PM PST · by pissant · 30 replies · 743+ views
    World Tribune ^ | 3/2/10 | John Metzler
    UNITED NATIONS — It’s diplomatic déjà vu all over again. The long forgotten Falkland Islands, deep in the South Atlantic, have again regained the spotlight as Argentina presses its political case at the United Nations reviving its perennial political dispute with Britain. Argentina’s Foreign Minister Jorge Taiana met with Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to press for UN political involvement in the case. The Minister later told correspondents that the islands, which it calls Las Malvinas, are an integral part of Argentine territory. Tensions rose recently when British companies started drilling for oil in the nearby waters. Claiming sovereignty, Argentina’s military...
  • Hillary Clinton slaps Britain in the face over the Falklands

    03/02/2010 11:57:43 AM PST · by Schnucki · 26 replies · 810+ views
    London Telegraph Blogs (U.K.) ^ | March 2, 2010 | Nile Gardiner
    The transcript of Hillary Clinton’s press conference in Buenos Aires with Argentine President Kristina Kirchner last night, has just been released by the State Department, and it is a real eye-opener. Her remarks represent an astonishing propaganda coup for the Peronist regime in its dispute with Britain over the Falklands, with Washington brazenly backing its position. Here’s a snippet: QUESTION: (In Spanish) And for the Secretary, it’s about the Falklands. The – President Fernandez talked about possible friendly mediation. Would the U.S. be considered – would the U.S. (inaudible) consider some kind of mediation role between the UK and Argentina...
  • British irate over Hillary comments on Falklands (Another Zero middle finger to the UK)

    03/02/2010 7:35:41 AM PST · by C19fan · 52 replies · 1,431+ views
    Hot Air ^ | March 2, 2010 | Ed Morrissey
    The Obama administration continued its “smart power” efforts with America’s closest ally by demanding that the UK negotiate with Argentina over the Falkland Islands. Hillary Clinton appeared with Argentina’s President Kristina Kirchner yesterday for a press conference in which she pushed for talks to settle the status of the islands — which the British already consider completely settled now. Nile Gardiner calls Hillary’s comments a “slap in the face” to the UK.
  • Thatcher 'threatened to nuke Argentina'

    02/28/2010 6:48:46 PM PST · by Androcles · 44 replies · 1,935+ views
    The Guardian ^ | 22-11-2005 | Jon Henley
    Margaret Thatcher forced François Mitterrand to give her the codes to disable Argentina's deadly French-made missiles during the Falklands war by threatening to launch a nuclear warhead against Buenos Aires, according to a book. Rendez-vous - the psychoanalysis of François Mitterrand, by Ali Magoudi, who met the late French president up to twice a week in secrecy at his Paris practice from 1982 to 1984, also reveals that Mr Mitterrand believed he would get his "revenge" by building a tunnel under the Channel which would forever destroy Britain's island status. (Excerpt)....
  • Obama Stabs United Kingdom In The Back on Falklands Issue

    02/26/2010 8:46:56 AM PST · by Texas Peartree · 27 replies · 736+ views
    The Voice of Reason ^ | February 26, 2010 | Texas Peartree
    Professorial lefties have memorized a list of nations to like and dislike. Likes include Cuba, Sweden, China and Venezuela. Dislikes include America, Israel and the United Kingdom. In that respect, nothing about this story should surprise. The UK and the US share an indispensible relationship. We have fought alongside each other in two World Wars, and created an anchor for the West to rally around during the Cold War. Today we fight together in the Middle East. Sometimes the US President and UK Prime Minister have personally liked each other, such as Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher or FDR and...
  • Navy Sends Argie Warship Packing

    02/25/2010 6:04:30 PM PST · by SmithL · 25 replies · 974+ views
    THE Navy has intercepted an Argentine warship in our waters in the first head-to-head of the Falklands row. Destroyer HMS York spotted the vessel up to ten miles inside the disputed "oil zone" around the South Atlantic islands. York's crew monitored the progress of the Argie ship, a smaller corvette named ARA Drummond, before radioing her to change course. The Drummond came within just 65 miles of the islands before complying. She was sent packing with no further action taken. Sources insisted her crew made an "innocent navigational blunder" and were embarrassed. ARA Drummond ... 'navigational blunder' But the incident...
  • Thanks For Nothing, Mr Obama, As You Hang Us Brits Out To Dry Over The Falklands

    02/25/2010 12:27:30 PM PST · by sussex · 23 replies · 1,023+ views
    The Aged ^ | 25/02/10 | The Aged P
    Thanks a lot, Mr. President. You insulted our Queen by giving her an iPod as if she were some primitive tribal leader wide eyed for magical technological totems. You treated our Prime Minister as if he were the boss of a small waste management company touting for a drain clearing contract in some Chicago precinct (I don’t like Gordon Brown but he is sending our young men and women to fight and sometimes die alongside your troops in Afghanistan). You also sent back a bust of one of our greatest heroes, Sir Winston Churchill, loaned to the White House since...
  • Special Relationship under fire: Obama's refusal to back Britain over the Falklands is a disgrace

    02/25/2010 4:31:35 AM PST · by Schnucki · 43 replies · 981+ views
    London Telegraph Blogs (U.K.) ^ | February 25, 2010 | Nile Gardiner
    The Obama administration’s decision to remain neutral in the dispute between Great Britain and Argentina over the Falkland Islands is a shameful decision that will go down very badly across the Atlantic. As The Times has just reported, Washington has point blank refused to support British sovereignty over the Falklands, and is adopting a strictly neutral approach. In the words of a State Department spokesman: “We are aware not only of the current situation but also of the history, but our position remains one of neutrality. The US recognises de facto UK administration of the islands but takes no position...
  • Et tu, Barack? America betrays Britain in her hour of need

    02/25/2010 4:27:00 AM PST · by Schnucki · 31 replies · 830+ views
    London Telegraph Blogs (U.K.) ^ | February 25, 2010 | Toby Young
    It was a headline I never expected to read: “US refuses to endorse British sovereignty in Falklands oil dispute.” Washington has declined to back Britain in its dispute with Argentina over drilling rights in the waters surrounding the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the Sandwich Islands. President Obama’s position is one of strict neutrality, refusing to take sides. According to the State Department: We are aware not only of the current situation but also of the history, but our position remains one of neutrality. The US recognises de facto UK administration of the islands but takes no position on the...
  • US Refuses To Endorse British Sovereignty in Falklands Oil Dispute

    02/24/2010 9:18:10 PM PST · by Steelfish · 151 replies · 3,343+ views
    Times Online UK ^ | February 25, 2010 | Giles Whittell and James Bone
    February 25, 2010 US Refuses To Endorse British Sovereignty in Falklands Oil Dispute Giles Whittell and James Bone Washington refused to endorse British claims to sovereignty over the Falkland Islands yesterday as the diplomatic row over oil drilling in the South Atlantic intensified in London, Buenos Aires and at the UN. Despite Britain’s close alliance with the US, the Obama Administration is determined not to be drawn into the issue. It has also declined to back Britain’s claim that oil exploration near the islands is sanctioned by international law, saying that the dispute is strictly a bilateral issue. Argentina appealed...
  • Hugo Chavez Demands Queen returns Falkland Islands to Argentina

    02/22/2010 11:22:44 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 67 replies · 1,886+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 2/22/10 | Tom Leonard
    President Hugo Chavez delivered a bizarre attack on the Queen when the firebrand Venezuelan leader demanded Britain return the Falkland Islands to Argentina.The outspoken Mr Chavez used his weekly television and radio show Alo Presidente to rally Latin America behind the cause of his Argentine counterpart Cristina Kirchner by making a direct appeal to Buckingham Palace. "Look, England, how long are you going to be in Las Malvinas? Queen of England, I'm talking to you," said Mr Chavez. "The time for empires are over, haven't you noticed? Return the Malvinas to the Argentine people." Still addressing the Queen, he went...
  • Falklands’ war tested modernized Super Etendard in Argentine Navy’s agenda

    02/22/2010 7:07:02 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 51 replies · 1,285+ views
    Merco Press ^ | February 21st 2010
    Falklands’ war tested modernized Super Etendard in Argentine Navy’s agenda The possible transfer to Argentina of a refurbished model of the French manufactured fighter-bomber Super Etendard, which had an outstanding performance during the 1982 Falkland Islands conflict, is under consideration by the French Ministry of Defence, reveals the French publication, Mer & Marine. The operation which includes giving the Argentines part of the sophisticated avionics of the Super Etendard Modernized (SEM) model would take place in 2015 when the French navy will de decommissioning their air fleet to be replaced by the new Rafale. However in the event of the...
  • It's the bitter truth: We couldn't send a task force to the Falklands today

    02/19/2010 2:38:49 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 113 replies · 2,054+ views
    The Daily Mail ^ | 19th February 2010 | Captain Michael Clapp
    It's the bitter truth: We couldn't send a task force to the Falklands today By Captain Michael Clapp 19th February 2010 We approached the Falklands in almost perfect conditions. The thick fog hid us from the prowling Argentine bombers. Unfortunately, our luck didn't last. The following morning, the clouds lifted, the sun came out - and we became sitting ducks. As Commander of the Amphibious Task Group, I had 5,000 troops and huge quantities of arms, ammunition and supplies to disembark in San Carlos Bay, an area that soon became known as 'Bomb Alley'. It didn't take long for the...
  • Britain must defend the Falklands against Argentine aggression

    02/18/2010 8:41:31 AM PST · by MHalblaub · 48 replies · 1,240+ views ^ | February 17, 2010 | Nile Gardiner
    The Times has reported that Argentina “is taking control over all shipping between its coast and the Falkand Islands, effectively awarding itself the power to blockade the disputed territory.” As The Times notes, “According to a decree issued by President Kirchner, all ships sailing through the waters claimed by Argentina must hold a permit. The measure looks set to deepen a row over conflicting claims to oil beds lying inside the Falklands’ territorial waters… Today’s decree amounts to an Argentinian move to control all traffic from South America towards the islands, including an oil rig due to arrive today and...
  • Argentina Blocks Ship Holding Techint Cargo Over Falklands Trip

    02/11/2010 11:23:08 AM PST · by gura · 1 replies · 378+ views
    Business Week ^ | 2/11/2010 | Rodrigo Orihuela
    Feb. 11 (Bloomberg) -- Argentina blocked a ship from leaving a Techint Group plant after it traveled to the Falkland Islands without government permission, the Argentine Foreign Office said. The ship, called Thor Leader, is docked in Techint’s Campana plant carrying a cargo of seamless pipes, the government office said yesterday in a statement. Techint, in a separate statement last night, confirmed that the ship is docked at the plant.