The Falklands War was caused by US foreign policy.
On April 2nd the last Argentinian military junta, led by General Leopoldo Galtieri, invaded (or re-possessed) the Falkland islands (or Las Malvinas) depending on your perspective.
As a result of the invasion the Military Junta became “The Last” military junta. Most of those surviving generals are still in jail for war crimes committed during “the Dirty war”.
Also as a result of the invasion a floundering Conservative party in the UK were able to turn their fortunes around, secure a strong majority in the next election and inflict the people of the United Kingdom with eight more years of rule by Margaret Thatcher and 15 years of Tory rule.
What is little known and rarely spoken of is why Galtieri felt he could do what he did. The USA hated the Social-Democratic government of Juan Perón. They were unable to shake the faith of the people in Juan, but when he died and his wife Isabel took over the CIA moved. From 1974 CIA sponsored and trained “Death Squads” began to target Perónists, Union Leaders and Socialists. In 1976 the CIA supported a military Coup which replaced democratic government with a brutal military Junta.
In 1981 Galtieri visited Washington where he was received as the darling of the Reagan administration, Richard Allen, the National Security Adviser dubbed him the “Majestic General”. On the ground Galtieri signed off on a deal to support “Contras” or “Sandanista” rebels in Nicaragua. These were American funded and trained thugs who were paid to tear apart a socialist regime that had the audacity to teach peasants to read instead of picking fruit for US corporations. They were not “rebels” in any way, shape or form.
As reward for his training and support of the Contras Galtieri was supported by the Reagan administration in staging a coup to take leadership of the regime from General Roberto Viola. After four months in office Galtieri realised that the only thing falling faster than the Argentine economy was his popularity. He needed a rallying cause to get the people behind him and his leadership. So he decided to invade the Falkland Islands.
He did not take this action without the approval of the US government. But the USA got this one wrong. They mistakenly thought the British would let the islands go. Once Margaret Thatcher made it clear that the Islands would be retaken the US government found itself in a pickle. They could maintain their support for Galtieri and lose Britain or vice versa.
The CIA then carried out an assessment and believed that the British would lose the Falklands war. They even had plans in place to airlift the surviving Falkland Islanders to Scotland. So they stood aside and watched from the sidelines. Britain won.
How many British people are aware that the responsibility for the death of British Soldiers lies at the feet of the Government of the USA?