Remember the Falklands War? It happened way back in 1982. The Falkland Islands, located off the coast of Argentina, are a British territory, but the military junta running Argentina decided to grab them with an invasion force. The British Navy beat the crap out of them in less than three months.
The dispute over Falkland sovereignty has remained at a low simmer ever since, but now that Argentina has gained an unexpected new ally, it’s heating up again.
That ally would be Barack Hussein Obama, who joined with Hugo Chavez of Venezuela and Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua to sign a “draft declaration on the question of the Malvinas Islands.” That’s what Argentina calls the Falklands, just like some of Obama’s other friends like to refer to Israel as “Palestine.”
As the UK Telegraph reports, “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.” Argentina’s negotiating tactics include threatening a blockade of British shipping in the South Atlantic. The Telegraph describes the support of Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for Argentina’s claims as “a significant propaganda coup.”
How are things going in Argentina these days? Not well. They don’t have a military junta anymore, but they voted in a glamorous, clueless demagogue, Cristina Kirchner, whose rule has utterly destroyed their economy. She was caught pulling in a suitcase full of campaign cash from Hugo Chavez, and her weakening government is propped up by union bosses. I don’t know what Obama and Clinton see in her.
Meanwhile, Obama went out of his way to invite the corrupt dictator of Gabon, the amusingly named Ali Bongo, to the White House this week, drawing gasps of astonishment from even the friendliest reporters.
His name is the only thing funny about Bongo. White House flack Jay Carney conceded to ABC News that Bongo’s record is “less than sterling,” which is the understatement of the year. His family has been in power for five decades. United Nations consultant Jack Blum told ABC he figures “the Bongo family and its cronies have siphoned off 25 percent of the gross domestic product of the country, and it’s made them incredibly rich.”
Meanwhile, the Bongo family rule has been characterized by “ritualistic killings; use of excessive force by police; harsh prison conditions and lengthy pretrial detention; an inefficient judiciary subject to government influence; restrictions on privacy and press; harassment and extortion of African immigrants and refugees; widespread government corruption; violence against women; societal discrimination against women, noncitizen Africans, Pygmies, and persons with HIV/AIDS; and trafficking in persons, particularly children,” according to a 2010 State Department report.
But never fear, the Administration says Ali Bongo is a “reformer.” Just like Bashar Assad!
Why would Obama crawl into bed with characters like Hugo Chavez, Cristina Kirchner, and Ali Bongo? His Argentina policy can be partially explained by his deep-seated distaste for the British, which the Daily Mail attributes to his family history in Kenya. But there’s another, very current, and very simple reason Obama is making these remarkable foreign policy moves: oil.
The Falkland Islands turn out to be swimming in oil. Gabon is the third-largest producer of oil in sub-Saharan Africa, which provided the fat national treasury looted by the Bongo family. Venezuela is the fifth-largest oil exporter in the world.
Obama knows rising oil prices, and looming oil shortages, are helping to slow down the U.S. economy and kill his presidency. He is an ideologue utterly committed to killing the domestic oil industry, but he needs to get gas from somewhere.
That’s why he was happy to jet off to Brazil and promise U.S. financial support for oil exploration which he absolutely forbids in America, no matter what federal judges say. That’s why he’s ready to trash America’s “special relationship” with Britain to please Argentina. And that’s why he was happy to lend the prestige of the White House to the same sort of corrupt dictator he wanted to depose in Egypt and Libya.
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