Opinion: Confusing the UK Defence Budget Debate with Faulty Falklands Comparisons




One of the most oft-cited arguments against the withdrawal of HMS Ark Royal from front-line service as part of the UK’s SDSR has been the danger that a ten years plus gap in carrier operations will leave the UK unable to defend its overseas territories in the Falkland Islands from an Argentine military attack. In recent months, many retired and serving military personnel have spoken of the ‘red rag to a bull’ which the decommissioning of HMS Ark Royal will be to Argentina...
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