American Elephants

Another Unnecessary Foreign Policy Flub. by The Elephant's Child

The Obama administration has a very strange record in foreign policy. The snubs to Britain have been frequent, and now Hillary Clinton has done it again.  This is just plain embarrassing.  “Argentina celebrates diplomatic coup as Hillary Clinton calls for talks over Falklands.”

Argentina was celebrating a diplomatic coup yesterday in its attempt to force Britain to accept talks on the future of the Falkland Islands, after a two-hour meeting in Buenos Aires between Hillary Clinton and President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner.

Responding to a request from Mrs Kirchner for “friendly mediation” between Britain and Argentina, Mrs Clinton, the US Secretary of State, said she agreed that talks were a sensible way forward and offered “to encourage both countries to sit down”.

Her intervention defied Britain’s longstanding position that there should be no negotiations unless the islands’ 3,000 inhabitants asked for them. It was hailed in Buenos Aires as a major diplomatic victory, but condemned in the Falklands.

Britain insisted there was no need for mediation as long as the islanders wanted to remain British. “We don’t think that’s necessary,” a Downing Street spokesman said.

America’s traditional stance has been to stay out of the argument over sovereignty, but to offer logistical support.  It sounds as if Hillary was perhaps just trying to be nice, and Argentina made more of her comment than it deserved.  However, the British are offended.  And it was all quite unnecessary. But apparently in line with Obama’s orders.  Ralph Peters has the back story.

We had a hunch that Hillary’s visits to foreign states as First Lady were not quite what they were cracked up to be as embellishments to the resumé.

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