09 February 2012

Argentina Trying to Screw with Britain in the Falklands Again (Because It
Worked-Out SO Well Last Time)

Royal Marine commandos raise the flag at
Government House, Port Stanley - June 4, 1982

Back in April '82, a failing right-wing junta in Buenos Aires 
-desperate for some populist appeal/diversion to quell domestic (economic) unrest- attempted to buoy public support through an ill-advised nationalistic military conquest.

And it worked, for a while: not only was the planned invasion and occupation of the Falklands launched prematurely (for political reasons) with lightly-trained troops, the military government
-under the command of 
General Leopoldo Galtieri- severely underestimated the steely resolve of PM Margret Thatcher in attacking what they refer to as the 'Malvinas', a small group of British-held islands 300 miles off the Argentine coast (then subsequently the inhospitable South Georgia Islands +840 miles further out to sea). 

Indeed the Iron Lady wasted no time in sending a powerful 
Royal Navy flotilla steaming towards Port Stanley just days after the invasion. Following a somewhat costly (for both sides) 
ten-week war fought on land, at sea, and in the air, British training and equipment proved far superior: Argentina had their butts handed to them (only the Argentine Air Force offered any real challenge). This brought-about the collapse of the incompetent military regime as well: Britain liberated not just Falkland Islanders, but in-effect the entire Argentine nation.

Today -as we approach the Falkland War's 30-year-anniversary- the far-Left Peronist-nationalist administration of Cristina Fernandez-Kirchner is not long on gratitude to say the least, instead threatening to re-ignite the issue at the UN, perhaps even blockade the island economicallyor ...? (The suspicion that major oil reserves lie near the islands has alot to do with this, some experts say the undersea deposits could rival most any in the world).
Predictably CastroChavez (El Bombasto)and other belligerent Bolivarian boneheads are egging her on, speaking enthusiastically in support of resurrecting Argentine claims on islands that have been inhabited by British citizens for over 175 years now.

Argentine light-cruiser ARA General Belgrano on its way to the bottom

Regardless of Kirchner's purporting this week that the territorial dispute is 'a South American cause, a global cause', the only relevant fact is that the people of the Falklands -less than 1% of whom are even Argentine- choose to be British, their right to self-determination a principle enshrined in the UN charter... while poll after poll shows they want nothing to do with Argentina in any way, shape, or form.

A pending high-profile, six-month tour of duty on the Falklands by heir-to-the-throne Prince William (helicopter pilot) is also rubbing the gauchos the wrong way, and there are rumors of a British nuclear attack submarine -the kind that sunk the Gen Belgrano last time- being deployed to the South Atlantic... as you may have guessed, they don't much care for that, either.

But the loudest and clearest message is being sent by the most advanced warship in the Royal Navy -'ultra-modern' destroyer HMS Dauntless- which is about to be dispatched to the vicinity of the Falklands, providing Kirchner ample incentive to mind her manners. 

So far -alas- she's not: much like Barack Obama's Teamster/SIEU, ACORN, and 'Occupy' street-muscle, radical Kirchner goons are already threatening to violently attack British business interests in Argentina until the Duke of Cambridge -who Kirchner said the Argentine people would 'prefer to see in civilian clothes'- is withdrawn from the Falklands. 

President Fernandez-Kirchner still claims to be committed to finding 'peaceful solutions'... probably not the worst idea she's ever had, considering Dauntless will arriving with a powerful battery of high-tech missiles that could 'take out all of South America's fighter aircraft... let alone Argentina's' according to one Royal Navy source. Indeed, the 70-mile range of the state-of-the-art Sea Viper 'smart' missiles on-board enable the British to down every single Argentine fighter that dare take to flight... the minute it leaves the ground.

-click to enlarge-

This all has Fernandez-Kirchner in quite a huff, or at least pretending to be: yesterday she denounced the dispatch of
Royal Navy warships to the region around the Falkland Islands as an 'unnecessary'
militarization of the South Atlantic", but what is truly 'unnecessary' is the way in which she's chosen to demagogue the dispute for domestic political consumption. Given the Argentines' unsettling record in dealing with this ongoing issue, who's to blame Whitehall for taking preventative measures... could save a lot of lives on both sides.

With the United Kingdom's seat on the UN Security Council preventing much happening down there either, it's hard to see just what Cristina Fernandez-Kirchner is hoping to accomplish... now that she's got the kids whipped into a frenzy, there'll be nothing but disappointment to offer them for the foreseeable future.

Just don't try anything funny, crazy lady-

Argentina war 1982 Thatcher Falklands Royal Navy xxx Kirchner  HMS Dauntless 


Mark Adams said...

Kirchner is a moonbat nut job. She obviously didn't study history of Argentina’s last spanking 20 years ago.

Reaganite Republican said...

I think she's bluffing

That, or bonkers, like u say

libertarian neocon said...

I dont know if she is bluffing. The Royal Navy is a shadow of its former self and is a small fraction of the size that it was back in 1982. Plus Argentina's economy is in shambles. Just a few years ago she raised private pensions in order to fund the government. Its possible she will want a victory over Great Britian to get people's minds of their troubles.

libertarian neocon said...

Sorry, I meant she raided private pensions, not raised.

Reaganite Republican said...

Yeah, but Argentina is even worse... they have no real amphibious capability anymore from what I've read

If I were the Brits, I'd be concerned with the economic blockade... I think she'd try that perhaps

libertarian neocon said...

Well she'd better try something soon, if Newt is President she wont have many options.

Reaganite Republican said...

Looking forward to it on this end!

Matt said...

I think the Brits can handle their business down there. They haven't the numbers they had in '82, but the firepower is multiplied many times over.

Maggie@MaggiesNotebook said...

She will be right at home with the socialist/marxist/commie/Islamic thugs at the UN but I suspect that warship is going nowhere. Very interesting background, RR.

Reaganite Republican said...

Agree in full, Matt n Maggie!

That Dauntless looks like it can handle anything Kirchner could come up with, for sure

jwenting said...

The ship now being sent to the Falklands is useless in any maritime function. It's sole function is mid range fleet air defense, a function for which there's no more use in the RN as there's no fleet left to defend...

The RN now lacks any carrier capability, has no way of providing air support for a ground action if one were once again needed to retake the islands.

The RAF lacks the long range bombing option they had in 1982, they'd have trouble hitting targets in France, let alone the South Atlantic.

And last but not least the USA has already stated they will not honour their NATO treaty obligations to come to the aid of their NATO partner if Argentina were to launch a military campaign to take the Falklands.

So yes, even with their reduced capabilities the Argentinians may well have what it takes to take and hold the islands pretty much indefinitely.

Reaganite Republican said...

Thanks for your informed input, JW

If push came to shove, you'd think the British could dig-in there pretty well... the Argentines lack amphibious capability BIG time, and last time they only faced 70 lightly-armed Brits at Government house>

Now they've got fighter planes based on the island, completely different situation from '82 when it was basically undefended.

PacRim Jim said...

Britain, a suggestion:

Buenos Aires + EMP = Problem solved

jwenting said...

I agree with you that they'd have a harder time assaulting the islands now than they did in '82 (the Brits have advance warning now after all,and more troops on the ground).
I do doubt the 2 Typhoons on permanent station could do much against a concerted air campaign (but I'm not familiar with the current strike and refueling capabilities of the Argentine air force and navy, they may not have any that can reach out there (the aircraft they did put on Stanley airbase in '82 had to be ferried in, just as the RAF has to ferry in their aircraft, both countries now lack carriers).

Whatever happens, it will be decided more than anything by ground forces deployed far from home with very limited support of any kind, working in highly adverse weather conditions (winter is coming to the south Atlantic, so unless the Argentines want to fight a winter war they either have to strike very soon or wait half a year or so)

Reaganite Republican said...

There are actually 4 Typhoons now -along with an impressive British base- and he says the Argentines wouldn't stand a chance:


Anonymous said...

Dauntless the next?
Comodoro Hellraiser

Anonymous said...

The RN actually has 3 aircraft carrier (Until our super carriers are completed), although they now only carry helicopters. I would say that Apache, Merlin and Chinook would be perfectly capable of supporting an amphibious landing, plus the Type 45 (HMS Dauntless) is easily capable of preventing the airspace to the Argentinians.

However as already menetioned we now have a sizeable military presence on the islands and a proper airfield for quick reinforcement. The Argies would have a real hard time invading this time, and I doubt they are even considering it.

Anonymous said...

the brits have great social an economical problems now,(grece,sapain,portugal, italy,great britain and finnaly germany in this order this will fall down)Argentina have a power economy and more military power. europe is falling the great an old empire is decadent and poor (Argentina,Brasil,Rusia and china is de new power)

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