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Papers Show Rare Friction
for Thatcher and Reagan

New York Times, by John F. Burns

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Posted By:PageTurner, 12/29/2012 12:33:52 PM

LONDON — The bond between Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and President Ronald Reagan, both in office in the 1980s, has become a kind of gold standard, showing what the “special relationship” between Britain and the United States can be when their leaders share a political creed. But even though the two shared a belief in the virtues of the free market and the need to face down the Soviet Union over Afghanistan and other cold war issues, the Thatcher-Reagan embrace had its thorny passages — perhaps never more so than during the 1982 Falklands war in the South Atlantic.

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The Reaganauts overestimated the grip of Latin nationalism. Maggie did call it right - though she exaggerates when she says she fought the Falklands war alone, without any help - she had our help and she had Pinochet´s help. Oh well, we are still friends.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: john56, 12/29/2012 1:32:05 PM     (No. 9088843)

Okay, friends can disagree from time to time.

Well, I know Democrats and their RAT infested media whores aren´t aware of that ... they require 100% adherence to the whims of Dear Leader(US) and his minions, but in Realville, people sometimes agree to disagree.

Lady Thatcher and Ronaldus Magnus were good friends and here decided to agree to disagree.

I guess this is what the NY Slimes considers "news," documents that are 30 years old. Maybe by 2040 or so, they´ll get around to reporting about Fast & Furious and the rest of the Obama scandals.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: navyjag907, 12/29/2012 1:44:01 PM     (No. 9088859)

Thank God Weinberger was helping out the Brits because Alexander the Grape (Haig) would have sold them out in a minute. Sometimes you have to do the right thing and Maggie understood that.//Thanks to Cameron and his defense cuts the Brits couldn´t do it again. Cameron´s not fit to carry Maggie´s handbag.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: dman, 12/29/2012 4:17:53 PM     (No. 9089018)

Dittos, #1.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Butch, 12/29/2012 8:15:04 PM     (No. 9089240)

Al Haig and Jeanne Kirkpatrick opposed offering assistance to Britain. Cap Weinberger supported assistance, and he prevailed. The British received tremendous support from the United States, though it was kept quiet. The US was struggling in Central America at the the time and we didn´t want to stir up even more resentment in Latin America. Entirely understandable.

Reagan´s policy on the Falklands was perfect: remain neutral on the political future of the Falkland Islands (simply leave it to the islands´ residents to decide), and take a positive stand against armed aggression.

So what if there was disgreement within Reagan´s cabinet? Or disagreement between the US and Britain? Statesmanship is difficult under the best of circumstances, and those were very tough times indeed. Britain won. Argentina backed down. Problem?

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Butch, 12/29/2012 8:20:49 PM     (No. 9089245)

BTW, some serious friction between Reagan and Thatcher occurred after the invasion of Grenada, based on the Reagan administration´s decision not to notify the British government of the invasion beforehand. The Brits were miffed, and rightly so, since Grenada is a British Commonwealth realm and Queen Elizabeth is its monarch.

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