Wednesday, 2 November 2016

National Review: Are the Philippines Now Playing on the Other Team?

National Review: Are the Philippines Now Playing on the Other Team?

It’s time to start looking for more solid allies in the region.

by Jerry Hendrix

"Dean Acheson, Truman’s secretary of state, often said that it was important to state strategic questions in a manner that was clearer than truth. A world in which the United States does not have access to the Philippines is conceivable, and the reluctance of the wider Philippine population to disavow President Duterte’s damaging statements indicate that such a scenario is, in fact, increasingly likely. The United States must begin analyzing a geostrategic environment in which China’s emerging anti-access/area denial weapons (which have the aim of pushing American forces back, outside of the range of their power projection weapons), based in the Philippines, can reach even farther into the Pacific. We must also begin actively casting about for other strategic relationships — such as a new security relationship with Taiwan — to make up what might be lost. To do otherwise would be to both accept surprise and invite defeat."

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