Philippines, U.S. to sign new military pact, part of U.S. pivot

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TomMariner wrote:

Is this the same Philippines who kicked the US military out as unnecessary? Like our new “commitment”, it is too little too late, but keyed for domestic electoral consumption, both here and there.

China will NEVER back down on the Spratly Islands that are a part of the Philippine Islands — They think it gives them the moral right to draw 2,000 mile lines to the borders of China and claim most of the Pacific Ocean.

Apr 27, 2014 8:09am EDT  --  Report as abuse
StigTW wrote:

So apparently more US military somehow stabilizes an already stable region… US (govt) thinking is so screwed up…

Apr 27, 2014 10:44am EDT  --  Report as abuse
CountryPride wrote:

Obama takes office the national debt was $10.6 Trillion and currently with him in office it is $17.6 Trillion for a 7 Trillion dollar increase and is on track to double our national debt just the time he is in office. What does the nobel “peace” prize winning warmonger OWEbama do? He postures us for yet another war that has absolutely nothing to do with this country and furthermore is giving support to a country that already kicked our military out in the past. This is criminal plain and simple, when will justice be served to the psychopaths in Washington? Let the Philippines ally with other Southeast Asian countries that have problems with China and let them fight it out wasting their time, resources and lives. Americans are sick and tired of the Washington elite who don’t have to serve and sacrifice their loved ones volunteering our blood for no reason at all, for issues that have nothing to do with us!

Apr 27, 2014 10:47am EDT  --  Report as abuse
wpgger wrote:

The US is forever expansionist at heart. It’s all about Might, not Right.

Apr 27, 2014 1:38pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
elsewhere wrote:

Someone nail Obama’s foot to the floor, he has pivoted so many times he is dizzy. This country kicked the US out decades back and my guess is they are tired of paying for their own defense.

Apr 27, 2014 2:11pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
TheNewWorld wrote:

@wpgger

We are not expansionist. We don’t keep what we conquer. We give it right back. The only thing we secure is the right for our corporations to do business in these countries, and to take trillions of dollars out of the economy to give to the military industrial complex.

Apr 27, 2014 2:51pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
UauS wrote:

Well, they only have two choices: the USA or China. I believe they made the right one.

Apr 27, 2014 3:04pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
fuall17 wrote:

China is funding the leftist communist group (eg. BAYAN) for Obamas visit to protest.

99% of Filipinos favor the USA being in the Philippines. 1% are communists funded by China to destabilize and protest (eg. BAYAN group). This is the same tactic that Russia is doing to Ukraine.

Apr 27, 2014 5:34pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
wpgger wrote:

@UauS: There is always the third choice. USA AND China, AND world peace. USA is the one who wants everyone to choose one. S. Korea for one refuses to follow.

USA is neo-expansionist and neo-colonalist. History tells us that world dominance is what wars are made of.

China is NOT a military threat to the USA, no one is. We are in a historical position to choose peace, and we must.

Apr 27, 2014 8:12pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
wpgger wrote:

@fuall17: Show us the proof. Otherwise please stop spreading Internet misinformation.

China has some 20 land/sea neighbors. Show us one example of China’s involvement in subversive activities in these countries. ZIP. China may have territorial disputes, but these are for historical reasons only.

China believes in non-interference, self-determination and world peace. China has ZERO military base on foreign soil. China is not USA. China is not Russia.

I know, it’s hard to take. Someone who doesn’t think the way we do.

Apr 27, 2014 8:28pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
LOTOGO wrote:

A generation has passed and the Filipino people have relearned the invariable lesson of history: Weakness, whether real or perceived, invites aggression.
They’ve invited the big, awkward freedom-and-liberty kid back on their block because a neighbor is starting to bully them.

Apr 27, 2014 8:46pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Bakhtin wrote:

wpgger wrote:
“There is always the third choice. USA AND China, AND world peace. USA is the one who wants everyone to choose one. S. Korea for one refuses to follow.”

Chinese aggression rules out the third choice, which is exactly why the Philippines has invited the US back in. The USA benefits from this as it increases US influence in China’s backyard, but make no mistake – the USA was *invited* in because of Chinese aggression. It is not the USA being expansionist.

China could have made friends with the Philippines and displaced the USA. Instead China alienated them (and pretty much the whole of SEA) so the Philippines made friends with the USA instead. Whose fault is that?

wpgger wrote:
“China is NOT a military threat to the USA, no one is.”

You are correct. You Chinese are not a threat to the USA, but you are a threat to the entire SEA region, who are turning to the USA for protection.

wpgger wrote:
“China believes in non-interference, self-determination and world peace. China has ZERO military base on foreign soil. China is not USA. China is not Russia.”

Empty, meaningless words.

China annexed Tibet, then annexed the Paracels, then annexed seven of the Spratly Islands, and is now trying to seize the remaining Spratlys, and the Senkaku, and the Macclesfield Bank, and the Scarborough Shoal, and 90% of the South China Sea, and North East kashmir, and Aksa Chin, and the Shaksgam Valley, etc, etc.

Apr 27, 2014 10:10pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
pyradius wrote:

CountryPride obviously has no clue how the budget process works. And he considers himself an American, how embarrassing. You can usually spot a fraud/shill simply by the fact they try and apply their smelly opinion to an entire country. “Real Muricans think this…” No, you projecting yourself onto the entire country does not make your partisan rhetoric any more significant.

Apr 27, 2014 12:40am EDT  --  Report as abuse
boonteetan wrote:

Manila would do anything its former master Washington says, without any qualm. But not for Kuala Lumpur.
Could anyone be so naive as to think Malaysian leaders bother to listen to US president about equality and human rights? They have other more urgent covert agenda.

Apr 27, 2014 12:50am EDT  --  Report as abuse
veethevee wrote:

Obama didnt expect tens of thousand of protesters burning his pictures, and shouting at him. his thought he should be welcomed when giving out hundred million of dollars to the local. I paid $6000 in taxes last year Mr president. stop wasting my money in Japan and the Philippines. I dont even have a job now. he just slapped Mr. Xi in the face too.

Apr 28, 2014 9:13pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
veethevee wrote:

Obama didnt expect tens of thousand of protesters burning his pictures, and shouting at him. his thought he should be welcomed when giving out hundred million of dollars to the local. I paid $6000 in taxes last year Mr president. stop wasting my money in Japan and the Philippines. I dont even have a job now. he just slapped Mr. Xi in the face too.

Apr 28, 2014 9:13pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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