Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte announced Thursday that he was “separating” from the United States and embracing China as the new best friend of the Philippines.
The 71-year-old president, famous for blunt, often profane rhetoric, announced his country’s realignment in a state visit to Beijing, where he was hailed as China’s new “brother.’’
An ally in possession of superb, if somewhat neglected, naval and air bases. Imagine those being put back into shape and turned against us. What does the loss and counter-possession of Subic and Clark mean for Taiwan, Guam, Okinawa and even Japan?
Duterte is a loon, but that doesn’t mean he’s not serious. I hear people in the place where I work say, “Oh, I think he a coup or two in his future,” but what if that’s not true? If this is a done deal, then the Philippines-China deal is an enormity.
Another loss in the ongoing destruction– increasingly seen as the ongoing deliberate act that it is– of American primacy and strategic strength. A military understrength and underfunded, allies deserting, and adversaries laughing. Fundamental transformation, indeed.
I want my country back.