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Argentina’s leftist leader still ranting about the Falkland Islands

posted at 3:48 pm on March 28, 2013 by

Cristina Kirchner’s insatiable appetite for self-serving preening over the Falkland Islands isn’t subsiding any time soon, it seems.  Just weeks after Falklanders went to the polls and nearly unanimously voted to remain British, Argentina’s populist-leftist president has taken her tirade to Twitter:

Argentinian President Cristina Kirchner fired off a stream of angry tweets Wednesday night after a United Nations meeting where she championed the cause of wresting the Falkland Islands from British rule. “Multilateralism and anticolonialism very good. See how I love to speak English?” she seethed in one translation by The Washington Times. “An English territory more than 12,000 kilometers away? The question is not even worthy of a kindergarten of three year olds,” she tweeted to her 1.8 million followers, according to a translation by The London Telegraph.

But the question was worthy of a popular referendum, though, and Cristina’s designs were unmistakably rebuked by the “victims” of British colonialism.  Undeterred, Cristina has even asked the new Pope — with whom she’s apparently had “frosty” relations for some time — to intervene in the matter.  What’s driving this obsession?  Perhaps it’s the nakedly political hope of fomenting nationalistic fervor over this dispute in order to distract the Argentinian populace from the country’s economic decay.  Via Foreign Policy:

After riding the commodities boom for most of the past decade, the global recession has depressed demand and Argentina is now feeling the pain of President Kirchner’s brand of populist economic policies. Economic growth has dropped from 9 percent to 2.2 percent, inflation has increased to approximately 24 percent, and unemployment stands at 7.6 percent. So, what is a good populist leader to do? Try to distract the populace’s attention by resurrecting historical grievances.

Under orders from PM Margaret Thatcher, the British military repelled an Argentinian invasion of the Falklands in 1982; the incident proved to be a disastrous gambit by Argentina’s struggling ruling military junta to stir nationalistic passions.  The Union Jack has flown over the islands ever since, in accordance with the strong wishes of their inhabitants.  President Obama inflamed the British government last year by asserting American neutrality over control of the Falklands.  Obama provocatively tried to use the Argentinian term to describe the archipelago, the “Malvinas,” but he butchered it, mistakenly calling them the “Maldives.”   The Maldives are a group of islands in the Indian Ocean.  Smart power.

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Remind me what the new Pope had to say about the Falklands, again?

Armin Tamzarian on March 28, 2013 at 4:09 PM

Argentina is a mess. She wouldn’t mind a war. It would get people’s minds off of all she has screwed up or about to screw up and on evil bad Britain.

JellyToast on March 28, 2013 at 4:14 PM

No mention of Cristina Fernández de Kirchner can go by without me posting a link to this wonderful performance, possibly her greatest.

steebo77 on March 28, 2013 at 4:27 PM

This is one of her favorite pastimes, surpassed only by attempting to crush the free press, stoking inflation, manipulating official economic data, hampering agricultural production, and, of course, rapping.

steebo77 on March 28, 2013 at 4:33 PM

Remind me what the new Pope had to say about the Falklands, again?

Armin Tamzarian on March 28, 2013 at 4:09 PM

Umm.. He had a position that allowed him to not get run out of Argentina but he isn’t moving one bit to help her now. Poor, poor Kirchner has had a bad few months. First, she’s managed to single-handedly destroy the Argentine economy. Secondly, her main political opponent got a big, big promotion, and she had to literally kiss his ring. ;) She is very, very lucky that Bergoglio has bigger fish to fry right now and could care less about past political disputes with wannabe Evita figures.

Illinidiva on March 28, 2013 at 4:39 PM

Under orders from PM Margaret Thatcher, the British military repelled an Argentinian invasion of the Falklands in 1982

That’s like saying the allies repelled the German invasion of France.

It wasn’t repelled. The invasion was successful. The British then invaded and defeated the occupying force.

cozmo on March 28, 2013 at 4:43 PM

Give her a break. She needs an Argentine province that she can brag isn’t in the sh!tter due to her policies.

Dusty on March 28, 2013 at 5:07 PM

Colonialism? That’s funny because roughly 80% of Argentinians are of European descent. Go figure.

Lance Murdock on March 28, 2013 at 5:17 PM

The Falklands will be a great place to host bi-species honeymoons when the liberals get around to making interspecies relationships their next civil rights du jour.

Flange on March 28, 2013 at 5:18 PM

Maybe we can sell them a couple of our old military pieces. Because Britain is just going to leave them to twist in the wind this time. (She won’t have a choice, really.) A Patriot battery, a double handful of Harpoons, some F-15s…. Of course, we can’t sell them any firearms since we seemed to have sucked the sourcing dry at the moment. But, that should be about all they need.

GWB on March 28, 2013 at 5:22 PM

No mention of Cristina Fernández de Kirchner can go by without me posting a link to this wonderful performance, possibly her greatest.

steebo77 on March 28, 2013 at 4:27 PM

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Thanks for that link, steebo’. I hadn’t seen that before.

But I still think she looks HOT, for (58?) years of age.

listens2glenn on March 28, 2013 at 5:31 PM

The good thing is that Cristina couldn’t launch an invasion of the Falklands even if she wanted to. I’ve been to Argentina twice in the last four years and have seen some of the ships of the mighty Argentine navy – nothing more than rustbuckets decaying in port in Buenos Aires and Ushuaia.

Argentina’s ships are just like its capital city – impressive at first glance, but in reality filthy, decrepit and dysfunctional. Buenos Aires is a sad place these days. The people are pale, thin and slightly desperate looking – the victims of Cristina’s ruinous economic policies, runaway inflation, creeping dictatorship, street crime, uncollected garbage, food shortages and capital controls that put Cyprus to shame.

NealK on March 28, 2013 at 5:41 PM

She just misses Chavez. They were buds.

Oil Can on March 28, 2013 at 6:01 PM

An English territory more than 12,000 kilometers away

And 500 kilometers from Argentina. She didn’t mention that. Bermuda is about 1000 kilometers from the US; why don’t we reclaim THAT island? South Texas used to be part of Mexico; why don’t they reclaim THAT? The Falklanders have only been there for hundreds of years. Some 99% of them want to remain a UK territory.

Paul-Cincy on March 28, 2013 at 6:46 PM

No mention of Cristina Fernández de Kirchner can go by without me posting a link to this wonderful performance, possibly her greatest.

steebo77 on March 28, 2013 at 4:27 PM

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BTW, how does a person get or create subtitles for that video?

It would definitely be of help to me.

listens2glenn on March 28, 2013 at 7:52 PM

What is it women politicians like to say? If women ruled the wold there would be less war?

Daemonocracy on March 28, 2013 at 8:19 PM

Remind me what the new Pope had to say about the Falklands, again?

Armin Tamzarian on March 28, 2013 at 4:09 PM

New Pope Francis Is ‘Defender Of Argentina’s Rights To Falkland Islands’

He once told followers at a Mass for veterans of the conflict to “go and kiss this land which is ours.”

“There are angels who will accompany you, who are sons, husbands and fathers of yours, who fell there, in an almost religious movement, of kissing with their blood the native soil.”

At a 30th anniversary Mass last year for veterans of the 1982 conflict, he is reported to have said: “We come to pray for those who have fallen, sons of the country who went out to defend their mother country, to reclaim that which is theirs and was usurped from them.

nazo311 on March 28, 2013 at 9:51 PM

Remind me what the new Pope had to say about the Falklands, again?

Armin Tamzarian on March 28, 2013 at 4:09 PM

I am betting his position is similar to BHO.

nazo311 on March 28, 2013 at 9:51 PM

This was a dead issue until our Secretary of Sate went to Argentina & told them that Britain ought to negotiate.

The Obama Administration:
Hurting our friends & helping our enemies, since 2009.

itsnotaboutme on March 28, 2013 at 10:20 PM

Maybe we can sell them a couple of our old military pieces. Because Britain is just going to leave them to twist in the wind this time. (She won’t have a choice, really.) A Patriot battery, a double handful of Harpoons, some F-15s….

GWB on March 28, 2013 at 5:22 PM

Absolutely. As sucktastic as the Argie military is, the UK is a ruined shell of its former self. There is absolutely no way they can repel another attack let alone liberate the islands.

We sell weapons and tech by the shipload to Israel, can’t we at least ‘loan’ a few dozen .50 cals and a battery of Harpoons? Maybe with a few economy-sized cruise missiles for them to smack those filthy socialists with should they even attempt something.

What is it women politicians like to say? If women ruled the wold there would be less war?

Daemonocracy on March 28, 2013 at 8:19 PM

Just about anyone who’s had a woman for a boss will laugh at that sentiment.

Triple for someone who’s boss was a post-menopausal single mother of several kids by several fathers living in a bad neighborhood. Sheesh. I hope the repo men catch up to her.

MelonCollie on March 28, 2013 at 11:32 PM

This is one of her favorite pastimes, surpassed only by attempting to crush the free press, stoking inflation, manipulating official economic data, hampering agricultural production, and, of course, rapping.

steebo77 on March 28, 2013 at 4:33 PM

Stick to the topic at hand. We’re discussing Kirchner, not Obama.

CJ on March 29, 2013 at 7:21 AM

The dictatoress in Argentina does this to try to distract from her own collapsing popularity. Her and her husband have been looting Argentina for a generation and the chickens are coming home to roost.

Britain could never fight a war on their own like they did in the 80′s (and you know Obama would never have their backs) but fortunately for them, Argentina is in even worse shape militarily.

wildcat72 on March 29, 2013 at 7:51 AM

Arguening that a referendum somehow settles the Malvines issues is like arguing that northern ireland can be settled by a referendum. Just dont allow the folks that were injured to vote. The president of Argentina is a clown. It would behoove Argentinans to vote for substance over showmanship but just like Americans we have lost the real need for self suffciency and become welfare dependent wards of the state.

nicknack60 on March 29, 2013 at 11:25 AM

I’ve got no dog in this fight, but seems to me the Argentinians have a better claim, and to ask the 2000 island residents, which are essentially colonists, which country they want to belong to, is kind of absurd.

London’s claim to the island is weak and stems from colonialist times.

AlexB on March 29, 2013 at 11:48 AM

AlexB on March 29, 2013 at 11:48 AM

Argentina is a colony.

ebrawer on March 29, 2013 at 12:29 PM

Didn’t the wikileaks reveal that the US questioned her psychiatric state?

Blake on March 29, 2013 at 12:40 PM

but seems to me the Argentinians have a better claim,

AlexB on March 29, 2013 at 11:48 AM

On what grounds?

The Falkland Islands were uninhabited when the original British settlers arrived, and they arrived before Argentina existed as a country.

The Argentine claim is based on a Spanish claim which arose because, before the British settlers settled there had been one or two long visits by people from other countries.

YiZhangZhe on March 29, 2013 at 2:19 PM

@steebo77: I burn for the indolent passion of the rust-haired dictatrix.

Seth Halpern on March 29, 2013 at 2:23 PM

the UK is a ruined shell of its former self.

Not entirely false.

There is absolutely no way they can repel another attack let alone liberate the islands.

MelonCollie on March 28, 2013 at 11:32 PM

In 1982, the defence of the Falkland Islands and South Georgia was entrusted to a few dozen lightly armed Royal Marines and a fisheries protection vessel. The only way to reinforce the little garrison was by sea as the airstrip was too short for large aircraft.

In 2013 the region’s defence is entrusted to about 2000 soldiers, four typhoon aircraft, and there is always at least one Royal Navy frigate or destroyer on patrol in the region. Submarine patrols are secret but are presumed to include the South Atlantic. Two runways have been built that can receive reinforcements via heavy transport aircraft.

How these shiny new defences work is yet to be tested, but since the Argentinians haven’t attempted another invasion I presume that they don’t think as you do.

YiZhangZhe on March 29, 2013 at 2:35 PM

but seems to me the Argentinians have a better claim,

AlexB on March 29, 2013 at 11:48 AM

They lost their case in the early ’80s.

BobMbx on March 29, 2013 at 3:28 PM

So for Chrissy Kirch, would the Falklands be a squirrel or a shiny object?

Marcola on March 29, 2013 at 3:35 PM

…but seems to me the Argentinians have a better claim…

AlexB on March 29, 2013 at 11:48 AM

No. not even in 1982.

Marcola on March 29, 2013 at 3:35 PM

Just as it was for the junta in 1982.

cozmo on March 29, 2013 at 7:38 PM

Kirchner is a ridiculous Peronist, a left wing fascist or, if you will, a Nazi (and no, the National Socialist German Workers Party was a left wing party rather than a right wing party. The world’s communists have succeeded in painting them as a right wing party).

The grotestic Kirchner, along with her late husband, were and are gross incompetents who have destroyed the economy of their country, just like the ghastly Peron after the War. Simply stated, they cannot afford to go to war. Kirchner makes Evita Peron, the notorious prostitude, look lake a saint. Kirchner is far, very far, beneath contempt. It is hard to believe that the decent citizens will not elimanate this grotesque political hack.

John Adams on March 30, 2013 at 12:07 AM

Say? Who wouldn’t want to live under the whims of an aging witch that has the economic sense of Obama and twice the power?

pat on March 30, 2013 at 2:00 AM

AlexB on March 29, 2013 at 11:48 AM

It must be good shit you be smoking.

The Falkland Islands were untouched by man until Europeans arrived. Therefore Argentina’s claims are based on Spanish colonial claims and the fact that the Falkland Islands are closer to Buenos Aires than London.

Slowburn on March 30, 2013 at 8:30 AM