Aide of Former US President Reagan: Duterte is not a reliable ally

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Former assistant of former President Ronald Reagan has suggested that Washington should drop the mutual defense treaty and joint patrols with the Philippines due to President Rodrigo Duterte's "ostentatious disrespect."
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According to GMA News Online, the former assistant of Reagan was Doug Bandow.

New York times published an article on October 18 where Bandow stressed that ""the Philippines needs America more than America needs the Philippines."

"America is a curious great power. It cowers before international lightweights, begging the least significant nations to let it defend them. Such as the Philippines," Bandow said.


"United States credibility suffers when a nation long subsidized and defended by America shows such ostentatious disrespect. The Philippine president shouldn’t be treated like a co-equal and ally if he doesn’t behave like one. Rather, Manila expects Washington’s protection even though the archipelago matters little for the United States."

Bandow said that the Philippines is lacking of defense capabilities and the country only "relies on American support rather than its own military in confronting China."

He also added that when Subic Bay and Clark Airfield closed in 1922, it doesn't have an impact to the US.

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"Maintaining base access is good insurance but does not require a security guarantee, especially over contested territory, such as Scarborough Shoal. Moreover, such access is not worth paying any price: America lost no influence when Subic Bay and Clark Airfield closed decades ago," Bandow said.

"Washington must decide what kind of risk it is willing to take on behalf of what remain primarily other nations’ territorial interests," Bandow added.

"President Duterte is not a reliable ally. The United States should not allow such an unpredictable regime to be a trigger for war," he further said.


Source: GMA News Online

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2 comments:

  1. hahahahaha.....that last phrase was an excellent reason to avoid confronting CHINA...
    btw, China did not start building that artificial ISLAND during Duterte's term....

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