Thursday, September 26, 2013

British Military & Argentina

There is one sure way to raise a stink in Great Britain, and that is to say Argentina is a stronger military power. At that point you don't just say the claim is inaccurate, but that it is a direct insult. Plus, we can whup those Argentines any day!

"To claim our military ranks below Argentina's is absurd and a gross slur on the calibre and capability of our troops. 
“Argentina struggles to get its ageing Falklands-era fighter jets off the ground even on a good day, and if any did reach the islands they'd be no match for the RAF's top-of-the-range Typhoons.”

Pretty pathetic, really, as it was clearly intended to stir up fears that Britain would lose if it went to war again over the Falklands/Malvinas. But fear is how you get nice, fat defense budgets.


Justin Delacour 12:37 PM  

A valid point about how absurd arguments are often employed to rationalize defense budgets. I wonder, though, if you would be equally scrutinizing of the kinds of arguments U.S. politicians employ in attempting to rationalize our own truly gargantuan defense budgets.

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