Argentina, attempting to distract attention away from a bubble economy and heavy inflation, is rattling the saber on the Falklands again. So we can expect our President to certainly … oh, shit:
Obama’s comments were made during a speech in Cartagena, Colombia, at the Summit of the Americas. It was delivered in English, but Obama chose to refer to the disputed islands by their Spanish name – the Malvinas. Argentina has insisted that the islands should always be referred to as “the Malvinas,” while the British have been adamant about calling them “the Falklands.” Obama’s choice of “Malvinas” was a slap at the UK. Instead of feeling slapped, though, the British might be amused: He called them “the Maldives.”
Of course, this would be seen as proof of his stupidity and ignorance if he were a Republican. But I’m sure Andrew Sullivan or somebody will pen some op-ed about Obama’s brilliant tactic in referring to them by the wrong fucking name and therefore being neutral.
The thing is, we should not be neutral about this. Argentina’s claim to the Falklands is dubious at best and bullshit at worst. They have been British since the 1840’s. The people there want to be British. Argentina’s claim is based mostly on proximity. By that logic, we have a territorial claim to French Guyana.
Moreover, Argentina’s government, while led by a moderately hot Peronista socialist, is a disaster, despite desperate leftist attempts to pretend otherwise. Their economy is supposedly booming, but everyone knows their economic figures are complete bullshit and the “recovery” has mostly consisted of undoing the damage caused by Fernandez’s husband. Foreign investment is falling, government control is increasing, the peso is weak and their current boom is unsustainable. And just today, the nationalized a Spanish oil company. Argentina is going the way of Hugo Chavez, Fernandez’ role model.
The appropriate response to Argentina’s bullshit is to ignore them, as most of South America is doing.