"So, Minister, the government's strategic position on the Falkland Islands is that we 'Put up a bit of a fight, then surrender'?"
"Yes, General. No need for casualties. Just empty a couple of magazines in the Argies' general direction and get the white flag up. We'll have to blow-up the Typhoons but they can keep the frigate. Save us the scrappage costs. And we'll charter an easyjet A340 to go to Uruguay to pick the lads up. The Argies may even give them new suits and goody bags."
"And how are we expected to re-take the Islands this time, Minister?"
"Uhm, we won't. Obama won't support us, and the mood has changed in South America. Apart from the fact that we can't muster the men, ships or aircraft any more. Time for the, er, 'Bennies' to learn Italian, eh? Oh, and get a press statement out saying we won't give up the Islands without a fight or something."
A Ministry of Defence spokesman said: "Claims that the Falkland Islands could be taken without a fight are completely without substance." - Daily Telegraph, 12/6/11