Duterte and U.S. Foreign Policy
The Philippines’ president wants the U.S. out:
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Wednesday he wanted American troops out of his country, perhaps in the next two years, underlining his intention to press ahead with a major realignment of his country’s foreign and security policies.
Duterte may not speak for everyone in his country, but the U.S. should seriously consider agreeing to this. The U.S. should take this as an opportunity to disentangle itself from an alliance that will only create headaches for us in the future. As a general rule, the U.S. shouldn’t keep its forces where they aren’t wanted, and it shouldn’t want to keep security dependents that no longer desire our presence. Duterte is providing us with a way to get rid of one of our unnecessary overseas obligations, and we should take advantage of that.