Cristina Kirchner

The Argentinian economy must be rooted

The last time Argentina ignored the roar of the Lion

The last time Argentina ignored the roar of the Lion

The Argie economy must be on its knees with all the belligerence out of Buenos Aires at the moment.

Argentina has ridiculed Britain as an impotent colonial aggressor on the wrong side of history in the Falklands dispute, insisting it will not be cowed by “verbal and military threats” as “the lion roars but does not inspire fear”.

In a lengthy denunciation of British policy published in Argentine daily Pagina 12 (Page 12), HĂ©ctor Timerman, the country’s foreign minister, painted Argentina as a valiant underdog cheered on by the world in its David and Goliath-esque battle with an arrogant but ailing colonial power.   Read more »

Is Trevor advising her?

Cristina Kircher must be getting social media advice from Trevor Mallard. Someone needs to tell the silly bint the only way they are going to get the Falklands back is to fight for them, and that doesn’t go so well when your army likes marching backwards.

The president of Argentina has lashed out at Britain’s sovereignty of the Falkland Islands in an extraordinary Twitter rant, claiming that “even three-year-old children” would dismiss the UK’s position.

Cristina Kirchner, the firebrand ruler of Argentina, took to the social media site following a meeting of the UN special committee of decolonisation, firing off a stream of 27 tweets in under two hours.

“An English territory more than 12,000km away? The question is not even worthy of a kindergarten of three year olds,” she wrote on Wednesday night.  Read more »

One great big long sledge against the Argies

Nile Gardiner delivers one great big long sledge against the Argies over the Falkland Islands:

Just last month, Argentina’s foreign minister Hector Timerman declared that the Falkland Islanders “do not exist”. Well they do exist, and clearly do not wish to live under the boot of Argentina. Many of the Falklands’ 3,000 inhabitants have lived under Argentine occupation, and have no desire to do so again. Argentina’s increasingly unpopular government, desperate to whip up nationalist sentiment against a backdrop of Socialist-driven economic decay, will attempt to dismiss the referendum as an irrelevance. But there can be no doubt that the huge vote in favour of the status quo on the Falkland Islands will make Kirchner’s campaign to turn the Falklands into “las Islas Malvinas” even more futile. It will make it harder for Mrs. Kirchner to stomp around the United Nations calling for negotiations over the sovereignty of the Islands, when barely any of its inhabitants share her views. The Falklands referendum result will only further reinforce the image of Cristina Kirchner as a desperate figure who lives in her own parallel universe, destined to become a laughing stock even among her own Latin American neighbours, who will only grow more and more weary of her Falklands obsession.  Read more »

Tell her she’s dreamin’

Argentina’s mad socialist bint is still trying it on over the Falkland Islands:

Argentina’s President Cristina Kirchner has pleaded for negotiations over sovereignty of the Falkland Islands, saying that Britain was happy to talk to “mass murderers” but not her democratically elected government.

Mrs Kirchner used her annual state of the nation speech to Congress to declare that she would not give up her diplomatic fight for the Malvinas, the name for the islands in Spanish, and ruled out another military invasion.

“The world is clamouring for dialogue,” she said in a reference to support for the Argentine claim from Latin America and Africa. “Argentina once more demands the UK … sit down for talks over sovereignty.”

Uhmm no the world is not clamouring for anything over the Falkland Islands.  Read more »

Whale Week What Was

682zoomWe started our Saturday by paying our respects to Norman Schwarzkopf Jr., the hard-charging US Army general whose forces smashed the Iraqi army in the 1991 Gulf War.  He died aged 78.  At The Standard 2012 Worst Political Blog Mike Smith is told some home truths about long term grass-roots Labour families heading for the Greens.  A quick vid on how to put out a boat fire the Kiwi way is next, followed by a vote for Best Minister.  The winner, at 52%, is Judith Collins.  The Whale Week That Was summarised all the stories this blog covered in the previous seven days.  A quite active Saturday Debate (for the time of year especially) led a post calling for nominations for Best Political Blog.  Those who see WOBH as any sort of threat to them (and those that don’t too), should take heed of this Malcolm Tucker quote: “marshal all the media forces of Darkness to hound them to an assisted suicide”.  A CNN piece showing Teachers in Utah taking a class on gun use shows some common sense around the gun debate.  A reader has taken yesterday’s US Fiscal Cliff graphic and created one for New Zealand – great work.  As Cameron Slater predicted from the outset, the Aussie Hoax DJs will not face charges.  The NZ Herald continues to amuse – this time a car crashed into a poll.  The blog then introduces us to two sexy taxidermists showing you don’t have to look like a front row forward to deal with dead animals.  And you’d think we’re picking on an incompetent NZ Herald, and you would be right.  This time they have Jesse Ryder beating himself at Eden Park in Wellington.  Then a hilarious story about a Queensland woman who fell into the longdrop and was there for two hours before being discovered by her husband.   Turns out that during the Falklands War the French tried to send missiles to Argentinia behind Margaret Thatcher‘s back.  Commerce first eh?  The last post of the day highlights a report of a man holding up a Countdown Supermarket with a hammer.  Our readers get fired up about the idea of hammer banning.

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Cameron tells Argies to stick it

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David Cameron on Tuesday night had a furious face-to-face showdown with the Argentine president over the Falkland Islands.

The Prime Minister “sought out” Cristina Kirchner on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Los Cabos, Mexico, to warn her to respect the “self-determination of the Falklands”.

Argentina has become increasingly aggressive in its remarks about the islands following the 30th anniversary of the Falklands. Mrs Kirchner attempted to force a package marked UN-Malvinas, the Argentine name for the Falklands, into Mr Cameron’s hands.

He refused to accept it and walked off, with the encounter filmed on a handheld camera by one of Mrs Kirchner’s aides.

Tell her to stick it. And maybe go to Liverpool to learn how to kiss.

Of course he could explain the situation to them like Margaret Thatcher did last time.

Cameron tells the Argies to stick it

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It is always good to see a politician clearly say what they believe in.

As Cristina Kirchner, the Argentinian president, prepared to address a United Nations decolonisation committee in New York over her country’s claim to the islands, the British Prime minister delivered a strongly-worded speech in which he said there would be “no negotiation” over the future of the islands.

Speaking on the 30th anniversary of the end of the Falklands conflict, Mr Cameron said he had no wish to stoke a row with Argentina, but added: “When it comes to the sovereignty of the Falkland Islands, there will be absolutely no negotiation.

“This is not some game of global monopoly – with nations passing a territory between them. It’s about the Islanders determining their own future.

“This has been their home for almost 180 years. There are children whose ancestors have lived there for generations. The roots go deep – and they will not be ripped out.”

“So my message to the Government of Argentina is this. The UK has no aggressive intentions towards you. Accusations of militarisation and nuclear threats are hyperbole and propaganda.

“But do not underestimate our resolve. Threats will not work. Attempts to intimidate the Islanders will not succeed. Because Britain stands ready and willing to stand up for the Falkland Islanders at any time.

“As long as they wish to remain a British territory, that is the way it will stay.”

Was Trevor Mallard running the Argies campaign?

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Someone has got tits for hands if it wasn’t Trevor.

Fernando Zylberberg, the hockey player who worked out on a British war memorial during a controversial Falklands advert, is set to miss the London 2012 Olympics.

Zylberberg shot the advert ahead of the London games with the boast: “To compete on English soil, we are training on Argentine soil.”

The Argentine government has ignored international condemnation and laughed off criticism of the advert, with Cristina Kirchner, the President, saying its “creativity should be recognised and applauded.”

But she has been left red faced after it emerged the hockey player has been left out of a pre-Olympics hockey tournament and will almost certainly be passed over for London.

The ad starring him, condemned as “tawdry and cowardly” by Falklands survivor Simon Weston, is now expected to be dropped from Argentine TV screens.

A source close to the ad agency behind the video admitted: “Fernando missing the Olympics would be a bit of an embarrassment.

“He was picked because we thought he’d be a dead cert for the event. I suspect the ad will be quietly dropped now.

“It’s difficult to see how you can make propaganda based on an Olympian training on disputed territory when it turns out he’s not going to go to the Olympics.”

Another added: “Everyone involved in the project feels pretty silly at the moment.

“What was trumpeted as a kick in the teeth for Britain has turned out to be a spectacular own goal.

Good luck to them

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Looks like the Argies are set to cop another pasting:

Argentina is likely to reinvade the Falklands once Britain drops its guard after the furore over the 30th anniversary events dies down, the former commander of British land forces has said.

In one of the starkest warnings over the islands’ future sovereignty Major Gen Julian Thompson said once the reinforced garrison and naval presence disappears at the end of this year Buenos Aires will look to repeat its 1982 action.

“The Argentines could invade and seize the Falkland Islands again,” he said in a speech to the Royal United Services Institute, the respected military think tank.

The former Royal Marine disclosed that after the British Government was “alerted” by the Argentina president Cristina Kirchner “stoking the sovereignty fires” it discretely reinforced the Falklands garrison and naval presence.

This would make an invasion “highly unlikely” this year but “in a few years time however, when the fuss has died down, and the UK’s guard is lowered, an Argentine coup de main operation to take the airfield is perfectly attainable”.

With at least four RAF Typhoons stationed at Stanley airfield alongside 1,200 troops, equipped with radar, surface-to-air missiles and the Navy’s latest Type 45 destroyer in the area, a conventional attack would be difficult.

It was because they march backwards

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The Argies have declassified the review of their loss in the Falkland War. I would have thought that marching backwards ought to be avoided as a valid military tactic:

Argentine president Cristina Kirchner has finally declassified a scathing review of the mistakes made by Argentina’s military junta in going to war with Britain in 1982 trying to recover the Falkland Islands.

The Rattenbach Report is so critical of Argentina’s military leadership that the last dictator ordered it kept secret for 50 years.

By making it public, Mrs Kirchner said she hopes to show Argentina “will always be on the side of peace.” She also said very little of the report needed to remain classified – just the names of an active Argentine intelligence agent and an islander who collaborated with Argentine forces.

Mrs Kirchner has sought to blame the 1976-1983 dictatorship and not the Argentine people for the failed war, while at the same time using non-military means in hopes of squeezing Britain into negotiating the islands’ sovereignty. Argentina say Britain has illegally occupied what they call the Islas Malvinas since 1833.

A version of the report was leaked decades ago, and its conclusions are not a surprise: the junta planned for an easy occupation, gambling the US would support them and Britain would simply let the islands fall into Argentine hands.

Then Argentina’s ill-equipped army had to scramble into a war footing after Margaret Thatcher sent a task force 8,000 milesinto the South Atlantic to take the islands back.

The report confirms Argentine soldiers were sent from the subtropics into winter conditions without proper clothing, food or weapons, and were treated as cannon fodder by their own officers – pushed into battle without having had basic training in weaponry and combat.

“Troops weren’t adapted or equipped to handle the weather or the living conditions,” and yet they had to face “a highly equipped and trained enemy,” the report concluded.

“Military commanders encouraged the preconceived notion that there would be no armed conflict, and that the situation would be resolved diplomatically, which affected the morale of the forces and their readiness for combat.”

The Argentine occupation began on April 2, 1982, and ended 74 days later with British troops crushing the ill-prepared Argentines, at the cost of more than 900 lives.