ARGENTINA: The Ping in Golfo Nuevo

Unidentified foreign submarines tend to show up in Argentine waters about the same time as naval appropriations bills show up in Congress. Two years ago, the Argentine navy made brief contact with what it said was a sub in desolate Golfo Nuevo, 650 miles southwest of Buenos Aires, and a month later got to buy an aircraft carrier; last year it sighted another elusive submarine, got enough money from Congress to buy planes. Last week, as Navy Secretary Rear Admiral Gaston Clement was doing fiscal battle with economy-minded Economics Minister Alvaro Alsogaray,...

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