What did the Americans gain, a foothold in Asian for their soldiers, weapons and military installations to maintain military supremacy and world hegemony at little cost and at the expense of the Philippines.
The big question is who needs who more? Is China going to invade the Philippines? Bull. It is the Americans that benefited for harping the fear and from the arrangement, with the Philippines as their running dog, to bolster the pivot to Asia, for the sake of the Empire.
Should not the Philippines be demanding for a ransom for hosting the military bases and risking a war with China? How much value is the Philippines’ contribution to the American Empire and how much the Philippines are losing for becoming an American military base, the first target to be hit if war broke out between China and the USA?
Finally Duterte has opened the eyes of the Pinoys and the raw deal they are in. They have been taken for a ride. Nobody is going to attack the Philippines. Why become a stooge of the Americans for the reward of a few museum pieces?
Independence is priceless. Why should the Philippines compromise its independence to become a military base for the American Empire? Why?
This applies to the other Asian and Asean states. The Japanese and South Koreans have no choice. They are semi colonies of the Empire. The Americans are in control militarily and would not leave. They are the frontline states of the Empire, the first to be attacked and the first to be destroyed, with all the military bases as prime targets.
The Philippines had chased the American colonialists out of their country before. Why would the Philippines, so proud of their independence, now so willing to be a semi colony of the American Empire again?
What about the other Asian and Asean states? Why are they providing bases to the Americans and barking for the Americans without extracting a heavy price from the Americans? It is the Americans that are desperately in need of military bases here to maintain their military supremacy, to project their military power. The Americans should pay a heavy price for the privilege of stationing their soldiers and weapons in another country, compromising their national security and independence, not the other way. The Asian and Asean countries should not be so stupid not to know the value of their compromising act, to allow foreign troops on their territories. But many stupidly believe that they would be invaded and must invite the Americans into their soil. Ask the neighbouring countries of China if they have been invaded by China?
The only Asian country that is suffering from this delusion is India, everyday worrying about a Chinese invasion. What a joke! For the rest of independent Asian and Asean countries, why become cronies of the Empire when they could stand tall as independent nations? However, stupidity has no cure. Some of the stupids are worrying about being invaded by China and North Korea.