The Obama Administration knifes Britain yet again over the Falklands

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    Jun 02, 2012 5:41 PM GMT
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    In his talks with President Obama in March, David Cameron reportedly gained assurances from the White House that Washington would stop pressing for negotiations between London and Buenos Aires over the sovereignty of the Falklands. If such an assurance was given, it was surely worthless. As Mercosur Press (South Atlantic News Agency) has just reported, the State Department is once again calling for UK-Argentina negotiations, ahead of next week’s Organisation of American States summit in Bolivia:

    “Our policy is unchanged. We believe that this is a bilateral issue that needs to be worked out directly between Argentina and the United Kingdom. That’s what we are encouraging both sides to do” said Acting Under Secretary for Press Affairs at the State Department Mike Hammer during an exchange with reporters on Twitter.

    Likewise “we are encouraging Argentina and the UK to work this out peacefully, to work it out through negotiations”.
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    Jun 02, 2012 5:50 PM GMT
    I can't believe this is driven by the diplomatic professionals at State. Most likely by the Czars/Amateurs at the White House. Thing is they stay silent when it would have been appropriate to speak up, such as when the Iranians were protesting in the streets, but can't keep their mouths shut when that is called for.

    Another example of the truly pathetic foreign policy.
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    Jun 02, 2012 5:58 PM GMT
    socalfitness saidI can't believe this is driven by the diplomatic professionals at State. Most likely by the Czars/Amateurs at the White House. Thing is they stay silent when it would have been appropriate to speak up, such as when the Iranians were protesting in the streets, but can't keep their mouths shut when that is called for.

    Another example of the truly pathetic foreign policy.


    It's really bizarre. This along with the Polish debacle is bush league stuff (pun not intended)... and it's perhaps telling that at least Bush did things intentionally and there was some rationale behind his foreign policy.
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    Jun 02, 2012 6:04 PM GMT
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    socalfitness saidI can't believe this is driven by the diplomatic professionals at State. Most likely by the Czars/Amateurs at the White House. Thing is they stay silent when it would have been appropriate to speak up, such as when the Iranians were protesting in the streets, but can't keep their mouths shut when that is called for.

    Another example of the truly pathetic foreign policy.

    It's really bizarre. This along with the Polish debacle is bush league stuff (pun not intended)... and it's perhaps telling that at least Bush did things intentionally and there was some rationale behind his foreign policy.

    When you look at things such as the inappropriate gifts given to the British PM and Queen, it's clear that the professionals are not calling the shots. Obama surrounded himself with his friends from Chicago who had similar limited experience as himself. The mark of wisdom is knowing what you don't know and getting good advisors. The mark of a fool is not knowing what you don't know.
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    Jun 02, 2012 6:38 PM GMT
    It's amusing how Britain naively clings to the belief in its "special relations" with the US. America has already shared important military secrets regarding the British military with the Russians, now it seems to be recognising baseless pretentions of Argentina to the Falklands. Not sure what the goal of all of it is, but surely the UK must feel thoroughly humiliated by its former colony...
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    Jun 02, 2012 7:26 PM GMT
    Radamisto saidIt's amusing how Britain naively clings to the belief in its "special relations" with the US. America has already shared important military secrets regarding the British military with the Russians, now it seems to be recognising baseless pretentions of Argentina to the Falklands. Not sure what the goal of all of it is, but surely the UK must feel thoroughly humiliated by its former colony...

    From the same guy who in 2009 unilaterally pulled out of the missile shield to protect Europe from the Iranian threat, embarrassing our allies and not getting any concession from Russia in return, such as cooperation with Iran and Syria. Anyone who has a favorable opinion of Obama's foreign policy must be ignorant of the facts. Hopefully this naiveté will come to an end and we will return to responsible leadership next year. Hope our allies will forgive us, but they will still remain cautious because of fear that a population who can elect a naive community organizer as president can do anything similarly bone-headed in the future.
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    Jun 02, 2012 7:48 PM GMT
    riddler78 saidhttp://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/nilegardiner/100162100/the-obama-administration-knifes-britain-yet-again-over-the-falklands/

    In his talks with President Obama in March, David Cameron reportedly gained assurances from the White House that Washington would stop pressing for negotiations between London and Buenos Aires over the sovereignty of the Falklands. If such an assurance was given, it was surely worthless. As Mercosur Press (South Atlantic News Agency) has just reported, the State Department is once again calling for UK-Argentina negotiations, ahead of next week’s Organisation of American States summit in Bolivia:

    “Our policy is unchanged. We believe that this is a bilateral issue that needs to be worked out directly between Argentina and the United Kingdom. That’s what we are encouraging both sides to do” said Acting Under Secretary for Press Affairs at the State Department Mike Hammer during an exchange with reporters on Twitter.

    Likewise “we are encouraging Argentina and the UK to work this out peacefully, to work it out through negotiations”.
    Key words are in red..

    otherwise, hot air being puffed
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    Jun 02, 2012 7:50 PM GMT
    Hay Obama how about giving the people of Hawaii back their Sovereignty, after all American troops invaded it when the locals started to act up, and Americans were bitching about the fear of loss of their way of life there. No it's time Hawaii went back to it's people if you want to involve yourself in this with Britten mate.