Just How Much Did the U.S. Help?

The Argentine military establishment had no trouble last week explaining why Britain was able to recapture the Falklands: massive U.S. military assistance. Despite the Reagan Administration's declaration of support for Britain, Argentina's accusation is based much more on diplomatic posturing than fact. British officials emphatically point out that almost all the assistance made available to Britain by the U.S. was the result of longstanding agreements within NATO. Whitehall officials say that at least 90% of the equipment used in the Falklands was British. "All these claims that U.S. technology won the Falklands war for Britain are nonsense," says a senior British...

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