Smart Power!

Or is that Poder Inteligente?

Argentina’s relations with the U.S. worsened sharply Monday as the South American country continued to hold military equipment it confiscated last week from a U.S. Air Force C-17 transport plane sent as part of a training course for local police.

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, Arturo Valenzuela, called on Argentina to return the property without delay.

“It’s absolutely necessary that they immediately return that material. It makes no sense for it to have been confiscated this way. This material was intended for a joint exercise in training people to rescue hostages,” Mr. Valenzuela Monday said on CNN en Espanol.

Argentine Foreign Minister Hector Timerman quickly rebutted Mr. Valenzuela and called on the U.S. to apologize for violating Argentine law.

“I told him, ‘Arturo, we have to be careful about this. The laws are made to be followed here and in the U.S. We all need to follow them,'” Mr. Timerman said on CNN en Espanol.

Mr. Timerman accused the U.S. of using the plane to smuggle undeclared firearms, surveillance equipment and “various doses of morphine” into the country for ulterior motives.

My Spanish is a little rusty, but I think “various doses of morphine” translates as “un iPod con los Disursos de Obama.”

Of course, it also could be a gift from Hillary to Pres. Cristina Kirchner

Hillary Clinton has questioned the mental health of Cristina Kirchner and asked US diplomats to investigate whether the Argentinian president is taking medication to help her “calm down”.

The US secretary of state painted Kirchner as a volatile and emotional leader who suffered from “nerves and anxiety”, according to a secret cable sent to the US embassy in Buenos Aires.

We’re in the very best of hands.

9 Responses to “Smart Power!”

  1. Hoary clap. This is not good. Argentina is a socialist state, and by “socialist” I mean “two steps from communist.”

    The confiscation of the C-17 and its contents smacks of China’s little incident when they “confiscated” our plane and personnel. Argentina doesn’t even have the veneer of a plausible story. At least the plane China scoured for info was not supposed to be in their air space, and crash landed (IIRC). The plane in Argentina went under a contract, and the supplies were all approved.

    I’m sure they were approved so that they could be mined for info, too.


    Timerman sure sounds like a German name *cough*.

    And I won’t even bother with Clinton….

  2. major dad says:

    It’s a political power play. Obama snubbed them and now they are snubbing back.

  3. JeffS says:

    Yays, international pi$$ing matches.

  4. greg newsom says:

    She looks kinda like Paula Abdulla from American Idol.
    I guess she has the same mentality.

  5. Yojimbo says:

    Should have sent Fernando Valenzuela instead of Arturo.

    This one is just a plane. Pakistan has one of our diplomats in jail and we send John Kerry to negotiate. Hey, maybe they’ll arrest him too! The whole world is thumbing their nose at us, and we may have six years to go.

  6. JeffS says:

    Six years, Yojimbo? I didn’t realize that you were such an optimist.

  7. tree hugging sister says:

    Inspector Louis Renault, “I’m shocked, SHOCKED to find gambling in this establishment!!!”

    In the Marine Corps we call such games “fuckfuck”.

  8. Gary from Jersey says:

    Now we’re taking crap from Argenfuckingtina. Way to go, O.

    We need a coup real soon.

  9. nightfly says:

    I’d call this entire Administration the Amateur Hour, but I don’t want to insult amateurs or clocks.

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