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I can hardly believe it.  The United States is taking the position that Argentina should have sovereignty over the Falkland Islands.  Or are we?

Nile Gardiner, a blogger for the Guardian, a UK newspaper, is sure that the Obama administration is siding with the Argentines (and Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela) on a resolution in the OAS (Organization of American States, a useless UN wannabe that we ought to cut loose from right away); they assert:

The declaration calls for Argentina and Great Britain to enter into negotiations over the sovereignty of the Falklands, a position which London has long viewed as completely unacceptable.

Does the OAS resolution really say that?  It seems the UK blogger is right:

REAFFIRMS the need for the Governments of the Argentine Republic and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to resume, as soon as possible, negotiations on the sovereignty dispute, in order to find a peaceful solution to this protracted controversy.

There is only one solution to this whole issue:  Argentina needs to understand that the Falklands belong to the UK, so much so that the Thatcher era UK went to war to repel an invasion of the islands by the South American nation, and that the people of the Falklands said no to any sort of Argentine sovereignty.  According to Wikipedia (not Wikileaks!), a poll showed 87% of the islanders want to remain with Britain.  Now it is certainly possible that the UK and Argentina could work out some sort of condominium (a la the New Hebrides, now independent as Vanuatu, formerly owned by the French and British together) arrangement.

We need to either stay out of the matter or support Great Britain.  The President for whatever reason has decided to throw his lot with Argentina and others.  Shame!  I agree with Dan Spencer at RedState:

This is how Obama repays Britain for continuing to support our special relationship and providing thousands of British soldiers to lay their lives on the line alongside their American allies on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan.

Do not let Obama get away with this latest outrage. Call the White House. Call your Senators. Call your Representative. Tell them the American people, if not their current president, back our most dependable and important ally. So should the federal government.

Long after the Argentines turn their back on us again, Great Britain will help us.  Time and time again.  I do not encourage feel-good Congressional resolutions on foreign policy.  But I will track this blog back to the White House.  One more thing:  The US ought to get out of the OAS, too!  Let it endlessly debate such resolutions as support for the International Criminal Court someplace where it matters:  Caracas, perhaps!

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

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