Ron Paul Relates Obama’s Historic Loss of American Influence in Phillipines

duterte in china

Rody Duterte wants what American nationalists want: He wants to put his country first.

He may appear to be reckless in his statements in the same way that Donald Trump appears reckless. That’s mostly because we’re not used to hearing the truth.

Rody even called out the Jew, but later and perhaps wiser, walked back his comments about them. To me, it’s enjoyable watching him stand up to America’s worst president in memory, Obama.

Reading between the lines in this piece authored by Ron Paul, it is clear that the great libertarian champion understands that American aggression and abuse of its allies under Obama has created a problem.

Lew Rockwell

While the mainstream media continues its obsessive reporting on the mud-slinging campaign for the White House, a dramatic development in China last week brought President Obama’s “pivot to Asia” to a sudden halt. Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte, while in Beijing, announced his country’s “separation” from the United States. He told his Chinese audience, “Your honors, in this venue, I announce my separation from the United States … both in the military, but also economics.’’

The State Department was stunned and asked for a clarification. The Philippines has been a virtual US protectorate since 1898 when it became US property after the Spanish-American war. Even after gaining independence after World War II it remained a close Cold War ally, hosting US military bases until 1992. Just this spring, as US tensions with China, were heating up over a Chinese reclamation project in the South China Sea, the US signed a deal to open five military bases in the Philippine territory. The deal was considered of major importance in an increasingly confrontational US approach to the region.

Suddenly it appeared the deal was off. Were the Philippines about to sever diplomatic relations with the United States?

Shortly after making the statement, the Philippine president walked back slightly from what appeared a break with the United States. He did not mean total separation, he said, but rather a desire to loosen his country from the firm grip of US foreign policy. But the point had been made. The Philippines was not happy in its current relationship with Washington.

President Obama’s “pivot to Asia” has turned out not to mean improved trade and diplomatic ties with the region, but an aggressive stance toward China over, among other issues, the South China Sea. The US has concluded military agreements with Vietnam and the Philippines and maintains strong military ties with Japan and South Korea.

The Philippines has been used as a US cat’s paw in South China Sea dispute and Duterte’s surprise statement signaled that he felt the relationship was too one-sided.

But the tension has been rising and the mood souring for some time. The US State Department has been critical of President Duterte’s admittedly brutal crackdown on illegal drugs, which has cost perhaps 2,000 or more lives. In August, Secretary of State John Kerry conveyed the US government’s concerns. As elsewhere, such condemnation by the US likely seemed hypocritical to the Philippine president, as the US leads the world in prison population with a large percentage serving long terms for non-violent drug crimes.

Last week a large protest was held in front of the US embassy in Manila in support of the president’s move toward a foreign policy independent from Washington. Demonstrators burned American flags and demanded the departure of US troops from their country.

Will US-Philippine relations continue to spiral downward? Or will Washington begin to see that its aggressive foreign policy, in Asia and elsewhere, is beginning to alienate allies? Or perhaps the next US administration will decide that a CIA “regime change” is in order for the independent-minded Philippine president. A US pivot away from confrontation with China would go a long way toward repairing strained relations with the Philippines and beyond. Let’s hope that’s Washington’s next move.

5 thoughts on “Ron Paul Relates Obama’s Historic Loss of American Influence in Phillipines

  1. “1898 when it became US property after the Spanish-American war”.
    This Empire snatch by the USA was an international crime based on the false flag blowing up of a warship in Havana harbor. What weak country ever starts a war with a powerful enemy by attacking a warship which is in the host port, on a friendly visit?
    This blowing up was a false flag and probably intentional sabotage by the USA (and mass murder) like 911. It may have been a coal dust explosion, an accident. There is no chance the Spanish did this.
    Anyway, the uSA has denied having an Empire since the 18th Century. Non Stop Hypocritical Lie, since 1898 at least.

    Re the Philippines, it makes sense to have local allies and distant enemies, not the other way around as is common with USA allies. Countries usually do not invade allies. China has almost never invaded other countries, they have no history of Empire building in distant lands. Poland and Czechoslovakia made a big blunder in refusing to get on board with Hitlers policies and war plans. Had they done so, the Soviet Union would have been destroyed and Hitler might never have fought France and the UK, or the USA. The Pacific War might also have never happened as the Nips would have helped Hitler beat the Soviets while finishing their conquest of China, with Hitlers help. So no more Communism anywhere in the world and about 150 million lives would have been saved. That is 25 times more lives than the holy and compulsory number “six million” alleged victims of the hollow hoax.

    • So many “what ifs.” As a youth I read the historian Bruce Catton’s articles in Look magazine titled “If the South had won the Civil War,” and another one titled something like “If Germany had won World War 2.” I remember he had the South implausibly being the leader in freeing slaves and giving Negros equal rights. He ended by the North and South reforming the USA in 1961, the Civil War Centennial year. These recollections are vague and may be off a bit but you get the idea. It’s a good thought exercise to say, “What if?”

      • Couple of things… yes, the South would have phased out slavery ; shoot, they were trying to set up a homel;and for them in Liberia and teach them to survive [civilly] on their own in anticipation of repatriation. The experiment was a dismal failure because, as we see every day, africans cannot have any sort of civilisation in the generally accepted definition of the word. So…given a Confederate victory, blacks would certainly have been eliminated in the CSA due to attrition ; obviously then, they would have gone to chicago and philadelphia and those areas would be just like they are today.

        secondly…this little dog eatin philipino bastard wont totally separate from the US…because he wants out money and protection. Oh, and dont forget the call centre jobs. Hes just blustering and pandering to the dog eating, mass murdering baby raping red chinese, because a] theyre birds of a feather and b] hes smart enough to know that American politicians have given every sort of superiority over to the red chinese in the last 60 to 70 years and he’s hedging his bets. Even slick willie – who sold ICBM technology to them for a $600000 ‘campaign contribution’ and gave them ‘berth rights’ in Sand Diego siad plainly to the sleeping goy that the next century – this one – belonged to the chinks.

      • Dog eating? I sometimes forget that. I hate the Chinks for it. I give them credit for being able to create a civilization, but it’s not one that I’m interested in living in.

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