Philippines, U.S. begin war games focusing on maritime threats

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isthnu wrote:

Totally stunted military thinking and management of funds. There’s so much unemployment, hunger, homelessness, and other social issues rampant in both US and especially the host country, no wonder it’s already starting a backlash.

May 05, 2014 3:13pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
isthnu wrote:

Totally stunted military thinking and management of funds. There’s so much unemployment, hunger, homelessness, and other social issues rampant in both US and especially the host country, no wonder it’s already starting a backlash.

May 05, 2014 3:13pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
carlmartel wrote:

These exercises give the US and the Philippines practice defending Russian and Chinese shipments of refined petroleum products to compete against US refined petroleum products. The US spends $100 per barrel of oil, refines it, and ships higher dollar amounts of refined oil products to give the US a favorable balance of trade that amounts to about $100 billion per year. Russian and Chinese refineries will start with Russian crude, refine it, and send it shorter distances because Siberia is closer to the Far East than the US. Russia must only pay refinery costs and one half of US tanker costs, so Russia can greatly undercut US prices and take the $100 billion in profits for itself. China, Russia’s SCO ally, will gain payments to Chinese refineries. Fortunately, the US and Filipino navies and air forces will spend their money, burn their fuels, and use their man hours to protect these shipments that will take $100 billion in trade from the US and give it to Russia. Global trade benefits everyone, but it helps those with resources and short shipping distances more than their competitors, especially if those with resources and short shipping distances don’t engage in paranoid military exercises.

May 05, 2014 6:42pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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