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Sunday, February 21, 2010

Back to the Falklands?

If we can get past the "Red State" thing and the idea that Argentina has planes that can routinely conduct surveillance off of the UK, this is still a pretty interesting article, even if it does carry a certain condescension toward Labor.

The plot is simple.  The Argentine Government has tried to impose control on all the water between Argentina and the Falkland islands, thus inhibiting British exploration for oil.  This move is by an Argentine Government, under President Kirchner, which is in trouble and could use a foreign (or in their view, domestic) adventure to regain support.

Interesting questions arise.
  1. How would the British react to action against one of Her Majesty's ships?
  2. How would the British react to a new invasion?
  3. How would the British react to a blockade?
  4. How would the US react to any action on the part of Argentina?
  5. On the part of Britain?
  6. And finally, is this the Out Back Question of the Week, in disguise?
Hat tip to the other Cliff.

Regards  —  Cliff

1 comment:

the other cliff said...

I think the thing to remember is that even though Grown is not Maggie Thatcher, there is a dynamic in the UK that will turn him into her spitting image. If the UK is attacked, I'm sure the public outrage would ensure that it was the Falklands War all over again, but with newer and more sophisticated weapons.

I would point out that during the Falklands War, we did not "take sides", but we did agree to take over the UK's AWACS commitment to NATO so that they could divert their attention to other things. I suspect there might be a similar decision regarding Afghanistan.

Finally, under the heading of everything old is new again, once again, there is a pilot prince who might want to get in on the action.