Posted by Ken on May 08, 1998 at 08:01:00:
In response to Monroe Doctrine doesn't apply., written by Caroline on May 07, 1998 at 20:08:45
] ] I mean, notwithstanding the Monroe Doctrine, there was an Anglo-Argentine war in 1982.
] I won't pretend to know much about American history, but I believe the Monroe doctrine bit the dust with Vietnam, didn't it?
I don't think anyone's formally buried it. And I'll bet if "foreign powers" came snooping around the Americas for some reason, it would get resurrected in a tearing hurry.
] Anyway, when it comes to the Malvinas, Constanza, Britain made it quite clear that she wanted no 'help' from anyone- it was to be a Brit-only operation. In terms of the balance of world power, the outcome of the war was going to be of little importance, anyway, so there was no need for the U.S. to get involved there.
Actually, I believe Britain did ask for & receive American assistance in the form of logistics & intelligence (satellite photos). The US tried to maintain strict neutrality & diplomatic efforts to resolve the conflict short of war; however, once war began, did assist with the supply effort. Making war 8,000 miles from home is not an easy undertaking, and, without a real aircraft carrier, the British found it a very dicey proposition. The US did not do any of the actual fighting, nor did it reposition armed forces to assist, pressure, or disconcert either of the combatants.
Of course, the removal of so many British forces from Europe was bound to concern NATO/US-in-Europe, so I would disagree with the assessment that the outcome of the fighting was of no importance to the balance of world power. Indirectly, I know it concerned strategists throughout the western alliance.
- Ken, dear... Caroline 08:07:12 5/08/98 (0)
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