She quickly assembled and sent to sea a Royal Navy battle fleet. She personally went to the fleet’s embarkation point to see off the young warriors. Not since World War II had Britain’s people been so united about anything. And Mrs. Thatcher reveled in her new-won popularity. Britons hailed her as the greatest British woman warrior since the legendary Boadicea, who bravely battled the Roman occupiers.
When one of her young Cabinet ministers--a bright up-and-comer--suggested that Britain should go to the UN during the two weeks it would take the war fleet to arrive on station in the Falklands, and bring new proposals for a peaceful negotiation of differences, Mrs. Thatcher’s reaction was described as “thermonuclear.” Nothing has been heard from that young man since.
The Falklands War was short, sharp, and bloody. Argentine jets equipped with French Exocet missiles sank the British cruiser HMS Sheffield, with the loss of 20 sailors. But Mrs. Thatcher controversially ordered the British submarine Conqueror to sink the Argentine cruiser, Belgrano, with heavy loss of life.
Thousands of young Argentine draftees, poorly trained, poorly supplied, and even more poorly led, were quickly rounded up on the islands. Britain lost 255 dead in this war while 649 Argentines were needlessly sacrificed to the Buenos Aires dictators’ vainglory. As a result of this humiliating defeat, Gen. Leopoldo Galtieri and his fellow thugs were soon sent packing.
Back then, the Reagan administration quietly but firmly backed Britain with critical intelligence and re-fueling stations. But now, we face another possible crisis over the Falklands. And all because of Hillary Clinton’s clumsy attempt at “even-handedness”--which is in fact ham-handedness.
Britain loyally supported us in Iraq. She is our strongest ally in Afghanistan. Tied down fighting at our side, Britain would be hard-pressed to eject the Argentines should the left-wing government of President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner decide once again to invade the homes of those staunchly British Falklanders.
Think we’re having trouble with Latin Americans now? Try to imagine U.S. Naval vessels called in at the last minute to block an Argentine invasion of the Falklands. The Argentines are crowing over the Clinton Coup. He’s never seen “such substantial support” from the U.S., says Argentina’s Ambassador in Washington Hector Timerman. Buenos Aires’ official mouthpiece, Ruperto Godoy called Mrs. Clintons’ comments “very significant, very important.”
Hillary’s comments are indeed significant. She is buying trouble for us around the globe. From a failed “Re-Set” button with the Russians, to a dangerous appeasement of Iran and China, from bribing the PLO on the West Bank with $900 million to shutting down missile defense for Eastern European democracies, from siding with the dictator in Honduras, to opening the door to a second Falklands War, this administration’s foreign policy is in shambles. And we’re only 14 months into it.