Obama to CFK: “can we have our (US Air Force seized) equipment back”
US President Barack Obama expressed concern about the recent incident in which Argentina seized part of the cargo of a US military plane that was carrying supplies for a joint military exercise, according to US newspaper The Miami Herald’s Argentine columnist Andrés Oppenheimer.
The incident which led to a serious diplomatic exchange was triggered February 10 when the US Air Force Globemaster III landed in Ezeiza loaded with weapons and military equipment to comply with an agreement for the training of Argentine law enforcement special forces.
Argentine Customs allegedly discovered undeclared equipment and demanded the US Air Force crew open certain boxes to which the crew refused. Finally with the personal participation of Foreign Affairs minister Hector Timerman all locks were forcibly open.
The seized equipment remains retained by Argentine Customs and supposedly will not be delivered in spite of the fact that a local judge said no crime was committed by the US aircraft, and in any case Customs was “over zealous”.
What was dumb-ass thinking!