The current President of the United States, Joe Biden, set himself up in 1982 in favor of the United Kingdom during the Falklands War, because he considered Argentina the “aggressor” in the conflict.
As fighting raged in the South Atlantic, the then Democratic senator from Delaware urged the US Congress to speak out in support of the British, longtime allies of the Northern Power.
After a briefing led by then Secretary of State Alexander Haig with the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Biden gave an interview to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) to discuss his position on the war conflict.
“I think the foreign minister was meticulous in his analysis that the chances are very slim,” in a secret meeting in which he talked about the progress of the negotiations, “the administration hopes.”
In this context, the then-legislator, who was 40 years old at the time, was promoting a bill of advertisement for Congress to demonstrate in favor of London.
Biden noted that “my decision, the only thing that I seek is to determine which side we are on, which is the British.”
In this regard, whoever will become President of the United States in 2020 made it clear that his initiative was not aimed at pitting himself against Argentina.
“The facts of this issue touch on something of great importance to the United States in the Western Hemisphere. The question is that if we allow in this part of the hemisphere to solve territorial claims or disputes by force, we will satisfy another series of actions, not just this war.”
In any case, he asked about Argentina, which was ruled by a dictatorship at the time: “It is clear that the aggressor is Argentina and it is clear that the United Kingdom is right and it must be very clear to everyone who supports the United States.”
When asked whether the United States will not lose relations with the region, because the Organization of American States (OAS) has supported Argentina, Biden replied: “In my opinion, we will lose a lot more if we do not define ourselves by principles. NATO, this is the most important thing for the United States. “
In addition, he also diminished Soviet support for the dictatorship led by Leopoldo Fortunato Galletieri.
He pointed out, “I think that the actions of the Soviet Union are not important. Its capacity in the region is limited. There is no evidence that the Soviets are making any significant move to move anywhere in the hemisphere.”
Finally, the then-senator from Delaware noted the possibility that defeat in the war could lead to the downfall of the junta: “I regret to see a change in the situation in a way that would allow greater influence of the USSR or communism in the hemisphere. But I would regret more if we destroyed a situation. Really fragile and fragile when it comes to NATO and its solidarity.
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