Yet another Obama Slap to the Face to the U.K. -- U.S. Remains "Neutral" on Argentina's Claim to the Falklands
Obama's Falklands Neutrality A Slap In The Face To U.K.
Posted 06:34 PM EDT
Special Relationship: As Argentina
marshals diplomatic support for its claim on Britain's Falklands
Islands, the best President Obama can declare in response is U.S.
"neutrality." It's an insult to our top ally — and trouble for us.
One can only wonder what an irresponsible Evita Peron wannabe like
Argentinian President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner must think when she
sees the shabby way President Obama treats America's leading ally, the
At the weekend's Summit of the Americas, President Obama reiterated
U.S. "neutrality" toward Argentina's claim to the Falkland Islands, the
Atlantic islands under the British flag for 180 years, and the site of a
1982 war where Britain had to defend them from Argentina. At the time,
the U.S. and Chile provided key help.
Obama's neutrality wasn't even that, though.
At the summit he attempted to use the Argentine term Malvinas, but mangled the term to "Maldives."[The
guy is a walking, talking disaster on international relations, speaking
of the non-existent "Austrian language" to an audience of Austrians,
and speaking of "Cinco de Cuatro" to an audience in Mexico City -- he
has the foreigners rolling in the aisles at the expense of his
Not only does that show contempt for the U.S. "special relationship" with Britain, it bodes ill for the future.
Obama's failure to show U.S. leadership in the region, along with his
decision to limit U.S. oil output, are triggering aggressive moves to
Argentina under Fernandez is a fresh new troublemaker acting up badly
on energy issues, this week seizing Spanish oil company Repsol-YPF to
whip up nationalist sentiment and distract from her own mismanagement —
the same causes of the 1982 Falklands invasion.
Unlike the generals, she's cleverly marshaling global opinion to checkmate Britain in international forums.
At the recent Summit of the Americas, she tried to get every nation
to sign a statement affirming Argentine sovereignty over the Falklands.
Only U.S. opposition to an unrelated Cuba passage in the statement kept
it from passing. Still, U.S. neutrality serves her purpose well.
The U.S. should be concerned about this bid to harm the U.K. because
it's an ally, but also because it's stoking a new race to seize
resources as oil prices rise.
Fernandez's effort to isolate Britain and seize the Falklands is all about grabbing the oil-rich waters around it.
Echoes of this are found in resurgence of Peru's Shining Path
terrorists, who are kidnapping oil workers — the same grab. With China
adding Argentina to its list of nations it seeks an oil monopoly on, the
game is clear.
The U.S. gains nothing from isolating itself from its best friend
Britain, but lays the ground for new conflicts over energy. Obama's
neutral stance is cowardice and irresponsibility that will bite us in
the end. And all because he cannot respect our dearest and best ally.
Don't look now but we have another rogue state in South America, and it
First, Argentina is attempting to wrest control of
the Falklands Islands which have been occupied by the British since
1833! Argentina lost an attempt to take over the islands by military
force in 1982, after a short war, but President Cristina Fernandez has
screwed Argentina's economy up so badly that she seems to be creating
diversions to keep the peoples' attention off her job performance. This
is the case in which Obama has refused to take sides, despite our strong
support for the U.K. back in 1982.
Now, Argentina has moved to
nationalize the Spanish-owned oil company RPF (the largest in
Argentina), currently owned by Spain's Repsol. Both Repsol and Spain
strongly oppose the move and have warmed that it could turn Argentina
into an international pariah. The Obama administration was reportedly totally blindsided by the move.
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