Obama’s plans for repairing relations with America’s enemies have failed, but meanwhile he continues damaging relations with American allies.
His attempts at calling the Falklands, the Malvinas islands, (which he screwed up by saying Maldives) already showed which side he was on.
America’s failure to recognise the right of the Falkland Islands to national self-determination is “disappointing”, a House of Commons inquiry into the health of the so-called special relationship declares this morning.
The report, released a day after the 32nd anniversary of the Argentinian invasion of the South Atlantic islands, highlights British frustration that Washington has refused to support the rights of the islanders to decide their own future.
The islands voted 99.8 per cent in favour of remaining a British Overseas Territory in a referendum in March last year, however America continues to remain “neutral” in the dispute, in order not to upset its relations with Argentina.
Critics of the Obama administration argue that the current US stance does not even amount to “neutrality” since it calls for talks between Britain and Argentina in defiance of the clearly-expressed will of the Falkland islanders.
Luke Coffey, a former adviser to Liam Fox when he was Defence Secretary and now the Margaret Thatcher Fellow at the Heritage Foundation, a Conservative think-tank in Washington, said the US had clearly “abandoned its long held position of neutrality” in the dispute.
“Negotiations over the status of the Falkland Islands is the official Argentine position. Instead of keeping quiet (neutral), under Obama’s leadership, the US has started backing Argentina’s calls for talks. This is a change from previous administrations and a departure from neutrality,” he said.
Obama’s insistence on pandering to Kirchner only encourages Argentinian saber rattling on the issue.