Falklands/Malvinas: British willing to isolate U.S. from The Americas. Good fellows!
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown greets United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at Chequers, the Prime Minister's official country residence, on October 11, 2009 in Buckinghamshire, England.
Intentionally, British diplomats are over reacting by expressing serious concerns to the US State Department at least three times over Washington’s response to the latest dispute over the Falkland/Malvinas Islands.
According to The Times ” in telephone calls and meetings, senior diplomats and specialists were forced to restate Britain’s position on sovereignty over the islands and seek clarification of the US position after a State Department spokesman in February answered a question about the Falklands by saying: “Or the Malvinas, depending on how you see it.” The State department spokesman is Philip J. Crowley, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Public Affairs, US State Department.
Yesterday , during Mr. Crowley´s remarks to the press in Washington DC, the Assistant Secretary was under a heavy pressure. The press asked him to define how upset were the British of his use of the term “Malvinas” and subsequently the Secretary Clinton´s meeting with Kirchner. Mr.Crowley denied the use by Clinton of the term “facilitate” negotiations between Argentina and Britain. He pointed out that the U.S. want to be helpfull , nothing else, but the U.S. is clear that this is an issue to be resolved by Argentina and Britain “they should sit and resolve the issues between them”. US officials said privately that British fears of being abandoned by the US over the Falklands/Malvinas were wildly overblown. However, Britain’s longstanding position is that there should be no negotiations unless the islands’ 3,000 semi-british inhabitants asked for them. Is almost the same thing as living the decision of spanish rule over Gibraltar to the british that are already living in the tiny and strategic little island located in the intersection of the Mediterranean and the Athlantic Sea.
The same kind of ” brits overreaction” happens with the british press. In a article published by TimesOnLine they stated that Hillary Clinton endorsed President Fernández de Kirchner’s call for talks on sovereignty while she was in Buenos Aires last week, which is false. Mrs. Clinton did not endorse any talks on sovereignty, she just want both parts to sit down and talk, without U.S. involvment, unless both parts specifically asked for it (which is totally unrealistic).
Another misrepresentation of TimesOnLine was to state that “influential conservatives in Washington described the Administration’s handling of the dispute as offensive, ignorant and a reflection of a lack of enthusiasm for the idea of a special relationship between the two countries.” First of all, there are no several conservatives shouting against the Administration but just one Mr. Mac Thornberry . Secondly Mr. Thornberry wants the U.S. to publicly back Britain on this issue, “as Reagan did” (also not accurate: the Reagan Administration gave intelligence and logistical support to the Brits but they never made a public statement backing Mrs. Tatcher Administration. Mr. Thornberry never said in public that the Obama Administration is ignorant and offensive to Britain.
So, in order to support Great Britain´s position on this issue, it seems that the British diplomacy is willing to definitely isolate the U.S. from The Americas. Good fellows!