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this old cherry wont die

Britain can do 'nothing' to prevent Argentina retaking Falkland Islands - Telegraph

woody is right though, we couldnt defend or resupply in time to prevent invasion.

As a Septic arrser I regret to admit that the representation about Obama's attitude on this is probably accurate. The Chosen One was elected with zero experience or knowledge of foreign policy.

I feel compelled to add for the many arrsers who bashed Bush(43) and welcomed The Chosen One that there is truth in the old saying "Be careful what you wish for...."
 
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As a Septic arrser I regret to admit that the representation about Obama's attitude on this is probably accurate. The Chosen One was elected with zero experience or knowledge of foreign policy.

I feel compelled to add for the many arrsers who bashed Bush(43) and welcomed The Chosen One that there is truth in the old saying "Be careful what you wish for...."

I have to say, Bush was an idiot, and so is Obama...and no doubt the next one will be as well. However, if Argentina did do the nasty, I would expect the US to commit military support to Britain as we have done in its last two wars.
 
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I would expect the US to commit military support to Britain.
More likely to exert 'severe' diplomatic pressure and put forward a UN resolution condemning Argentine aggression. Russia and China will use their veto as they fall over each other to get in pole position for Argentina's new found natural resources.
 
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Why don't we pre-empt the movement, and invade Argentina?
Because we have no ships or planes so by the time Ryan Air have dropped us off in Chile and we've spent 3 days driving to the border I think they might be ready for us.
 
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Because we have no ships or planes so by the time Ryan Air have dropped us off in Chile and we've spent 3 days driving to the border I think they might be ready for us.
Disguised as a package tour, they won't see it coming until its far too late.
 
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Disguised as a package tour, they won't see it coming until its far too late.
We'd better stock up on flammable liquids at the duty free to make molotov cocktails then as our weapons will end up in Benidorm.....
 
#12
this old cherry wont die

Britain can do 'nothing' to prevent Argentina retaking Falkland Islands - Telegraph

woody is right though, we couldnt defend or resupply in time to prevent invasion.
I'm not quite sure I agree with that - even if the Argies managed to suddenly mount an invasion without any warning, I really can't see that they would have any answer to the Typhoon.

However, if - and it's a big if - they managed to invade, there's **** all we could do to dislodge them, other than bombing the crap out of the mainland in the hope that they capitulate.
 
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I would prefer that then the Blair lets get involved in needless wars school of thought.
I used to have a mental image of Blair dressed as General Haig re-enacting that scene from Blackadder. A dustpan full of expendable soldiers to build his ego upon.
 
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Conveniently ignoring that the Argentines do not have anywhere near the ability to invade the islands, let alone sustain them, nor do so in the face of the very considerable defences already in place. More to the point, by the time they did have such a capability, CVF will be in service and all the carrier fanatics can surely rest easy knowing that a fixed wing CV would have prevented the Falklands back in 82?

It may come as a shock to some armchair admirals, but the point of British Defence policy is not to maintain the assets needed to recapture the Falklands. It is to prevent us from getting tothe situation where we lose them again in the first place!
 
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Not automatically...



They may also deloy that thing that strikes fear into the hearts of all sailors


A bit of sticky uppy rock.............
 

Pararegtom

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I smell journo bate, Tom Harding god bless him does like his sabre rattling ( it,s an ex 10 Para thing) However some of the old and bold on here who did the SAMA 82 Tour (Falkland Islands) have heard this all before, yes we know the Airbridge is F,,,d and we dont have the Capital Ships we once had, or the topcover (When it arrived it was most welcome) I understand we have some very nasty submarines that have a habit of running aground. but what we do have is some of the finest scariest warriors in the World . So Cristina Fernández de Kirchner the incumbant president had better make sure that she takes very carefull advice, on military adventures Because as we did 29 years ago we will send your youth home in Bodybags.
 
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Sunni made a point, but over on U.S. Navy Needs Diesel Submarines - Defense News there is some interesting points on diesel subs. I am not navy and do not know the age of the Chilean subs, but the article does state that nuclear boats have had problems. Of course once Pararegtom has swum to the Falklands I have no doubt that the future Argentines will end up as seagull bait.

I do hope that our first line of defence is to deter Argentine aggression rather than respond to it...

Kromeriz
 

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