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Lord Carrington dies. He resigned as foreign secretary when Argentina invaded the Falklands

Wednesday, July 11th 2018 - 09:12 UTC
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Lord Carrington, a versatile British politician who held senior posts under Conservative prime ministers from Winston Churchill to Margaret Thatcher and who was secretary general of NATO in the last years of the Cold War, died on Monday. He was 99. Read full article


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  • Brit Bob

    ''But he resigned abruptly after Argentina invaded the Falkland Islands, where it claimed sovereignty. Lord Carrington said he had misread Argentina’s intentions and failed to anticipate the attack, which was repulsed by Britain in a popular 74-day undeclared war.''

    His only mistake was to underestimate the success of Argentina's indoctrination process.

    Territorial indoctrination by Argentina almost led to war with Chile in 1978, and led to the Falklands War in 1982.

    Falklands - Argentina's Imaginary Territory (1 pg):-


    Jul 11th, 2018 - 10:43 am - Link - Report abuse +1
  • chronic

    Nato deadbeats.

    Jul 11th, 2018 - 10:49 pm - Link - Report abuse -2
  • DemonTree

    Your link shows Britain is paying above 2% as promised. Take your whining elsewhere.

    Jul 11th, 2018 - 11:16 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • chronic

    Protect yourselves, deadbeats.

    UK spends 8% of the amount that the US does.

    Reap it, losers.

    We DON'T NEED nato!

    Jul 12th, 2018 - 01:57 am - Link - Report abuse -3
  • DemonTree

    Republicans in 2016: “Oh no, Obama is alienating all our allies! This is terrible.”

    Republicans in 2018: “Our allies are all lazy deadbeats, let's turn them into enemies!”

    Do you ever get whiplash from changing your opinion so quickly?

    Jul 12th, 2018 - 08:07 am - Link - Report abuse +1
  • chronic

    DT, why are you so ashamed of your birthplace?

    Lol. chronic is not a republican - the republican party is much too liberal/leftist on a variety of issues.

    DT, why are you ashamed of your birthplace?

    Jul 12th, 2018 - 04:15 pm - Link - Report abuse -3
  • Voice

    Chronic there is a vey good reason why the US spends so much on security...
    Have a little think about why...
    Couple of clues to get you going....

    Military imperialism....
    Political interferences...
    Arguably one of, if not the most hated country in the world...
    Splendid isolation never worked for the UK in the late 19th century with Europe the result was WW1...
    Google Splendid Isolation...
    It will not work for the US....
    ...and it appears that the UK has not learned from history alienating itself from European affairs with Brexit....

    Jul 12th, 2018 - 04:32 pm - Link - Report abuse -1
  • chronic



    The world is infinitely smaller than it was even a few years ago.

    America can retaliate against any sphere of influence without fixed bases in Europe.

    Destruction/annihilation is available thermally and digitally.

    We've NEVER had friends - only clients.

    Prattle on.

    Jul 12th, 2018 - 05:26 pm - Link - Report abuse -3
  • DemonTree

    Isolation didn't work for the US before WWII, either. They tried to stay isolated, but the war came to them.

    What do you reckon, will they quit NATO or just keep complaining? And will the EU form it's on army? This is just about the worst possible time to be leaving... :(

    And what is it with people talking about themselves in third person on this site? It's downright creepy.

    Jul 12th, 2018 - 05:40 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • chronic

    DT, do you even know where you were actually spawned?

    Jul 12th, 2018 - 06:27 pm - Link - Report abuse -1
  • DemonTree

    Oh, I know it very well - but you don't, Nazi.

    Jul 12th, 2018 - 09:02 pm - Link - Report abuse -1
  • chronic

    DT, why are you so ashamed of your place of birth?

    Jul 12th, 2018 - 09:16 pm - Link - Report abuse -1
  • DemonTree

    I'm proud of my place of birth. Why are you so ashamed of yours? Not right-wing enough? Try Saudi Arabia, no namby-pamby liberal nonsense like rights and freedoms there. If you piss off the government then it's off with your head. Should be right up your street.

    Jul 12th, 2018 - 10:50 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • gordo1


    Misinformed h de p!

    Jul 13th, 2018 - 05:58 am - Link - Report abuse +1
  • Conqueror

    @c. So the UK defence expenditure is 8% of what the US spends. So what? Do you think that the US would like to pay the UK for all the freebies that it was given or stole? Start with radar or, as the UK called it, RDF. Continue with ASDIC/sonar. Add up the debts for being the first to design the aircraft carrier, the carrier landing system, the angled flight deck. For the jet engine. For the design of jet-powered combat aircraft. For the battle tank. For the armour on the Abrams tank. For the land the US took during WW2.

    The UK provided the “world policeman” from the mid 18th to the mid 20th century. The UK is only 2.5% the size of the USA. And just 20% of the population. UK still “punching” above its weight!

    Jul 13th, 2018 - 07:34 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • DemonTree

    You forgot all the work on the nuclear bomb we gave them, for which they promised to share their research with us in return, then after WWII ended they broke their promise and we had to develop our nuclear reactors and bombs independently.

    Chronic (and Trump) is talking crap. The US doesn't spend all that money on NATO, they spend most of it fighting wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria etc, which far from benefiting us have made Europe much less safe. By all means complain about the countries that don't spend what they promised, but no one is forcing the US to spend more than 2%, it was their own decision made for their own benefit.

    Jul 13th, 2018 - 09:16 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • chronic

    You'll be happier in your own.

    Jul 13th, 2018 - 01:18 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • The Barron

    England will return the Malvinas within 25 years.

    Jul 14th, 2018 - 12:47 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • chronic

    Poor barren - rg can't afford to administer them.

    Jul 14th, 2018 - 01:00 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pete Bog

    @ The Barron

    TDF claim to run the Falklands, so when's TDF going to send some money to Stanley to pay for the public services? Skint?

    Jul 19th, 2018 - 01:19 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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