Except the UK had Harriers and two aircraft carriers IIRC back then. It would be a lot more complicated to play the "good guy" right now. Which is why UK's policy must be centred around dissuasion in the service of diplomacy. TLAM depend entirely on the US, and given their policy to close ties with south America and particularly Brazil (which is to become a major economy ahead of the UK) I don't think they can rely on them 100%. That leaves 4 EFTs, and some frigates (which currently are the best dissuasion in my opinion).
Originally Posted by ppp
I believe the UK has to give enough to Argentina to keep them happy while applying enough dissuasion so that they don't get any further ideas. But it would be unwise to play muscle and confrontation only.
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