April 2, 2012

How U.S. Almost Betrayed Britain

John O'Sullivan, Wall Street Journal

Thirty years ago this Monday, Argentine marines invaded the Falkland Islands, killed or captured its British defenders and declared the islands to be Argentine territory: Les Malvinas. Britain dispatched a naval "task force" to regain them less than a week later. The Falklands War had begun.


According to newly released documents from the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, Calif., the U.S. almost took sides against its most important ally, driven by the diplomatic maneuvering of Secretary of State Alexander Haig.


It's already a matter of record that, at first, Washington ostentatiously refused to take sides. Secretary Haig embarked on energetic shuttle diplomacy between Buenos Aires and London to craft a settlement. One month after the landing, the military...

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TAGGED: Argentina, Great Britain, Ronald Reagan


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How Reagan Launched Career in Berkeley
Jeffrey Kahn, UC Berkeley
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Reagan and FBI's Convenient Alliance
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May 11, 2012
How Mossad Nabbed Eichmann
Doron Geller, Jewish Virtual Library
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May 17, 2012
The Deadliest Day of 'The Troubles'
Justice for the Forgotten
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