Margaret Thatcher earned her “Iron Lady” sobriquet fighting the Communist-dominated unions in Britain, but her successful effort to liberate the Falklands gave her a smashing election victory over her Labour opposition in the elections that followed the lopsided victory in that war. Thatcher’s supporters said she put the GREAT back in Great Britain.
By calling for “talks,” Tin Woman Hillary Clinton is threatening to open up the issue of the Falklands once again. There is nothing to talk about. The Falkland Islanders want no part of Argentina, period. They don’t want Argentina’s military buffoonery or its worse-than-Greece economics. They especially don’t want Argentina’s crazy quilt politics.
Why put all that the Iron Lady won—at the cost of hundreds of British lives—as risk? If we won’t “meddle” in Iran, why meddle here? Why try to undo what our closest ally has achieved?
Britain today is in grave economic straits. The British government has had to give up their only aircraft carrier. It is a real question whether Britain today could mount a successful effort to rescue the Falkland Islanders should the Argentines be tempted once again to grab what they call their “Malvinas” islands. And Argentina’s perennial political and economic instability make a foreign adventure a constant temptation.
Hillary Clinton is vying with Cyrus Vance for the title of worst Secretary of State in U.S. history. He quit Jimmy Carter’s cabinet in 1980, not because Carter’s attempt to rescue our 52 hostages in Iran failed, but because it might have succeeded.
By raising the subject of “talks” about the Falklands, Mrs. Clinton is threatening a renewed war. We know Bill Clinton has lamented he did not have a war to assure his presidential greatness. Is Hillary hoping to be called upon to negotiate the Falklands matter so she, too, can cop a Nobel Prize? If she wins one for this, let’s make it tin.