Friday, March 25th 2011 - 01:00 UTC

Obama to CFK: “can we have our (US Air Force seized) equipment back”

US President Barack Obama expressed concern about the recent incident in which Argentina seized part of the cargo of a US military plane that was carrying supplies for a joint military exercise, according to US newspaper The Miami Herald’s Argentine columnist Andrés Oppenheimer.

Submissive Hector Timerman implemented CFK’ grudge

President Obama this week wrapped up his first tour of Latin America which included Brazil, Chile and El Salvador. According to Wikileaks, Argentine diplomacy for months lobbied by all means to have Obama include Buenos Aires but to no success.

Allegedly Mrs. Kirchner a self declared admirer of the US president was furious with the White House decision to skip Argentina, which to a certain point helps to understand the reaction involving the US Air Force aircraft.

Oppenheimer asked Obama “whether his White House spokesman had over-reacted when he described the incident with Argentina as “serious”, and whether the whole issue has already been solved”, to what the US president answered “No.”

Likewise, Obama said that Cristina Isabel Fernández de Kirchner’s decision to seize equipment from a US Air Force cargo plane was “serious in the sense that Argentina historically has been a friend and a partner of the United States. They have some of our communications equipment. There is no reason not to return it. And next time I see President Kirchner, I will mention, ‘Can we get our equipment back?’ But it’s not going to be a defining aspect of the US-Argentine relationship.

Oppenheimer concludes the reference to the incident saying that Obama sees the Argentine government’s decision to seize the US equipment as a gross electoral propaganda move by Fernández de Kirchner’s government to capitalize on anti-American sentiment in that country in anticipation of this year’s presidential elections.

The incident which led to a serious diplomatic exchange was triggered February 10 when the US Air Force Globemaster III landed in Ezeiza loaded with weapons and military equipment to comply with an agreement for the training of Argentine law enforcement special forces.

Argentine Customs allegedly discovered undeclared equipment and demanded the US Air Force crew open certain boxes to which the crew refused. Finally with the personal participation of Foreign Affairs minister Hector Timerman all locks were forcibly open.

The seized equipment remains retained by Argentine Customs and supposedly will not be delivered in spite of the fact that a local judge said no crime was committed by the US aircraft, and in any case Customs was “over zealous”.

Argentina went as far as demanding an apology from Washington regarding the incident and Minister Timerman called on the US embassy in Buenos Aires to recommend they abstain from public comments on the controversy.

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1 Martin_Fierro (#) Mar 25th, 2011 - 01:19 am Report abuse
“can we have our (US Air Force seized) equipment back”

2 briton (#) Mar 25th, 2011 - 02:27 pm Report abuse
What plane, just the other week it was all forgotton about.
why bother its just a plane, im sure the americans could obtain an argentine plane if they were that desperate,
3 expat (#) Mar 25th, 2011 - 03:52 pm Report abuse
this problem,reflects the big inferiority complex the argenine president has regarding the USA and Europe ,not only she but many so called progressive argies have the same complex.regarding Twitterman ,who got asylum in USA and got the USA nationality,he tries to be more papist than the pope ,everybody in Argentina considers him a clown.
4 WestisBest (#) Mar 25th, 2011 - 05:55 pm Report abuse
@ Martin

If you're so keen on US hardware maybe they'll send you some more.....a few tomahawks perhaps.
5 Martin_Fierro (#) Mar 25th, 2011 - 08:47 pm Report abuse
Maybe you're both talking out of your ass.

Neither Argentina or the US gives a rat's ass about the equipment, it's a message... it means 'you are not running the show, U.S. shut the hell up.'
6 Zethee (#) Mar 25th, 2011 - 09:02 pm Report abuse
Not really martin, it screams “We're pissed you aren't coming to visit so im going to steal your toys...WHA WHA WHA! *spits dummy*”
7 Suguler (#) Mar 25th, 2011 - 10:44 pm Report abuse
Considering the way America has behaved in Latin America, it's amusing to see the Yanks given a taste of their own medicine.

Maybe if the Yanks hand over Henry Kissinger they might get their stuff back.
8 Realwarfare (#) Mar 25th, 2011 - 11:26 pm Report abuse
Sorry Mister Obama, Argentina doesnt support those nations who annihilate their enemies.
9 WestisBest (#) Mar 25th, 2011 - 11:51 pm Report abuse
.....except Nazi Germany.
10 Martin_Fierro (#) Mar 26th, 2011 - 02:34 am Report abuse
6 Zethee,

Actually you're the one screaming, so...
11 Denrich (#) Mar 26th, 2011 - 11:40 am Report abuse
@9 .....except Nazi Germany.

Haha, perfect response, perfectly timed.
12 expat (#) Mar 26th, 2011 - 07:34 pm Report abuse
thats true ,the Peron regime in 1945-1950 received a lot of gold and money from the nazis ,argentina was the only western nation who gave asylum to war criminals ,think of eichman,mengele,etc.
And now they are supporting Khadaffi .
13 Realwarfare (#) Mar 26th, 2011 - 10:15 pm Report abuse
yankees loves war, yankees are sick. ask yourself if u want to be part of it... so much death, playin to be god, killing for oil... usa will never find peace at his minds... its sad, and more sad that united states call itself AMERICA.. oh god, that is not AMERICA at all, is only a selfish country in northamerica and is also not northamerica bcause is also mexico and canada, AMERICA is another thing, u will find out soon.
14 Zethee (#) Mar 27th, 2011 - 09:41 pm Report abuse
“Actually you're the one screaming, so...”

Where exactly have i made an emotional post? Nowhere.
15 briton (#) Mar 27th, 2011 - 10:16 pm Report abuse
The only real Americans are [red] and live on reservations, [or they did]
American is thus full of foreigners [just ask the red Indians] ]
rightly or wrongly they came together and become Americans, proud an all,, if I am correct, right up to the 1950s they were still proud Americans who loved their country, but in the last 50 years or so, it has changed, at the last count the expert could cut it into 3, white Americans African Americans-and Hispanic. how it has changed ,,is for them to decide, but good or bad ,they grew and become the most powerful country in the world, but just lately becoming slightly pacifist, when people immigrated to the states, they were considered Americans, and fought for America, today more and more are against those ethics, America is changing all the time, but will she stay united or break up into sections, many would like this, many would not, but hey, love them or hate them, at this moment it time , without them the world would change over night, and sadly not for the best, china may well be the next super power, but already others are queuing up , the future will be what we make it, we will reap what we sow, so perhaps wishing that the Americans would just disappear, may not be a good idea as some may think.???

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