The Dangerous Dance Begins

Argentine and British warships say hello

Destroyer HMS York spotted the vessel around ten miles inside the disputed “oil zone” around the South Atlantic islands.

The British crew had to radio the Argentinian ship, a smaller corvette named ARA Drummond, to demand that it change its course.

Sources told The Sun that the ship made an “innocent navigational blunder” and were embarrassed about the mistake.

Things could very easily get out of hand…and somehow I don’t think the Brits are too confident of Obama supporting them.

I still think the Falklands should declare independence and the Brits and US should instantly recognize them.

Update: As I feared Obama shows how much he values the UK

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.

…Senior US officials insisted that Washington’s position on the Falklands was one of longstanding neutrality. This is in stark contrast to the public backing and vital intelligence offered by President Reagan to Margaret Thatcher once she had made the decision to recover the islands by force in 1982.

3 Responses to “The Dangerous Dance Begins”

  1. Skyler says:

    I recall Reagan having a very similar reaction to the first go around.

  2. Michael Lonie says:

    The US gave the UK all sorts of clandestine aid in the 1982 go round. Does Obama think that Argentina, under the Peronista Kirschners, pals of Chavez, will be better allies to the US than Britain? Nope, he’s just not thinking clearly at all. He’s shortsighted in the extreme. It’s a habit he and his fellow Dems have.

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