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Is Now The Time For The U.S. To Drop Defense Guarantees To The Philippines?

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. Photo: Reuters

The Spectator: Time to Drop Defense Guarantees to the Philippines

President Duterte is making it easier for the U.S. to do the right thing.

Rodrigo Duterte, the ever-unpredictable president of the Philippines, has given official notice to terminate the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) that governs the presence of U.S. military personnel. Among other complaints, he said Americans were rude and failed to leave their weapons after conducting military exercises on the islands. The VFA will conclude in six months, which actually is great news.

Although Americans always believed in continental expansion — even Thomas Jefferson spoke of an Empire of Liberty — “saltwater imperialism” was alien to the nation’s founding. Proposals to turn America into a traditional colonial power by conquering foreign peoples generated strong opposition. After all, Americans had revolted against their British masters.

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WNU Editor: My answer is yes. The Philippine President and government have made it very clear that they see no future in having a security arrangement with the U.S.. So why continue it?

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