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Duterte and U.S. Foreign Policy

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. Photo: Presidential Communications Operations Office

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.

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Daniel Larison is a senior editor at TAC, where he also keeps a solo blog. He has been published in the New York Times Book Review, Dallas Morning News, World Politics Review, Politico Magazine, Orthodox Life, Front Porch Republic, The American Scene, and Culture11, and was a columnist for The Week. He holds a PhD in history from the University of Chicago, and resides in Lancaster, PA. Follow him on Twitter.

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